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Birth is the epicenter of women’s power. Ani DiFranco

I’m pretty sure our grandbaby will arrive before the day is out. Do we wait for our grandbaby’s arrival with as much or more anticipation as our own children? Every woman who has a baby has a story to tell. The hero’s journey for women is pregnancy and birth. For women in the past, this journey was fraught with much more danger than it is today. It is a journey that tests us, remakes, us, and through which we grow into mothers.

We can’t go through traumatic experiences without changing and growing and pregnancy and birth are one of, if not the ultimate experience. My daughter will now have her war story. Her moment of thinking I can’t do this; it’s too much for me. A dark night of the soul takes us from one phase of life into another. Becoming a mother surely fits the definition of a deeper perception of life and growth into a new state of being.

Most women get through the birth process with the object of their desire, a beautiful baby to hold, and a feeling of lightness in their body again. They can walk more easily, and be able to see their feet.

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. Osho

I’ve been thinking of the old nursery rhyme.

Monday’s child is fair of face. Tuesday’s child is full of grace. Wednesday’s child is full of woe. Thursday’s child has far to go. Friday’s child is loving and giving. Saturday’s child works hard for a living, and the child born on the Sabbath day is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

Here is another one:

Monday for health, Tuesday for wealth, Wednesday best day of all, Thursday for crosses, Friday for losses, Saturday no luck at all. He who is born on the day of rest in health and fortune has the best.

My husband and I were Sunday babies, my daughter a Tuesday baby, and her husband a Friday baby. We often seem concerned with the future instead of letting things unfold as they will. We know the sex of the baby because we have the technology to tell us such things.

We can’t visit them at the hospital but we can talk on the phone and get pictures instantly. They don’t usually stay in the hospital long so I can hold him in my arms soon. I have my phone beside me waiting for the call that he has arrived.

I would have loved to be with my daughter during this process but at least her husband is able to be with her. There is no experience like bringing new life into the world, and there is nothing as promising as a new life with all that lies before it.

There is a power that comes to women when they give birth. They don’t ask for it, it simply invades them. Accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying the child with it. Sheryl Feldman

A woman in birth is at once her most powerful, and most vulnerable. But any woman who has birthed unhindered understands that we are stronger than we know. Marcie Macari

Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom. Harriette Hartigan

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