"Over thirty years of experience as a midwife have not lessened my awe and respect for the efficiency and beautiful design of the female body as expressed in labour and birth. In fact, the years only increase my sense of wonder about how well our bodies can work -- given the right circumstances. The outcomes of our births... demonstrate how rare it is for complications and difficulties to occur when women are properly prepared for birth and when technological interventions are kept to a minimum -- that is, used only when necessary. Ninety-four percent of women gave birth at home or at our birth center."
-Ina May Gaskin, from Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, speaking about The Farm Midwifery Center
I'm thankful that on Thursday, my lovely sister Emily was able to give birth at home to her second child, another beautiful dark-haired girl. I'm thankful for the wonderful people who were around her while she laboured, and for God's grace and peace on her and her family during the life changes they're experiencing right now.
[Thankfulness post inspired by Journey Mama.]