Posts Tagged ‘blogs’

New Favorite Blog

Every so often, a blog comes along that I just can’t get enough of- I have to start at the beginning and read all the way through (yes, it takes a LONG time!) The last one I did that with was Dawn’s blog. This is a knitting blog with gorgeous photos. And just enough nonknitting stuff to be interesting. Soulemama made me want to move to Maine, and Knitting Iris makes me want to move to Montana. *sigh*


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Goes with my abundance post- this woman knows what I mean. đŸ™‚

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AWESOME new birth blog!

I followed a link from Navelgazing Midwife’s blog to this new birth blog called “Close to the Root”. It’s amazing- she’s verbalizing a lot of things I feel about birth, and defending midwifery, which I feel needs a bit of defending with the unassisted birth movement. Please don’t misunderstand, I 100% support unassisted birth, but I feel that midwifery has a vital place in birth culture, and we still need it. For more, visit Kneeling Woman’s blog, because she says it a lot better than I can. (I need to think on what I want to say more, but right now, I just want you to visit the blog!)

I particularly like her description of why she chose the term “Kneeling Woman”:

In her words:

“The Kneeling Woman, for those who might be curious, is the original Scots terms for “midwife.”  The Gaelic is “Bein Ghluine” and pronounced “Bean Glyan” or something very close.  Because I am almost entirely of Scots descent, I decided to look up the term at a moment when I was scanning around for a better metaphor for what I do and am and there it was……Kneeling Woman.  The Midwife kneels in front of the birthing woman and family;  she kneels in silent prayer to the God of her understanding, and together, they birth a baby.  As I continued my search, I discovered that the women who attended the midwife as  assistant and student, were the “Watching Women” and what a beautiful illustration of that circle of relationship.”

I got a great visual in my head, of a woman crowning, squatting, giving birth, supported by her partner behind her, with a woman kneeling in a servant pose in front, ready to catch the baby, with three women standing in the background, watching. Just watching. I view that as my role as a doula- to watch, be a witness to this event. Of course, it’s a lot more than that, it’s a lot of hard physical work to support a woman in labor, but in the end, witnessing the event- that’s so important. At least it is for me, as a childbearing woman. I fully support unassisted birth, but I feel a need to have a circle of women around me in labor, to support me, tell me their stories- women who have gone before- to reassure me, love me, carry me through. To watch. To SEE me. See what I’m doing, see the baby. What an honored position to have, to be a Watching Woman.

Anyway, I love the term Kneeling Woman, so even though her blog name is technically “Close to the Root”, she’s Kneeling Woman to me. đŸ™‚

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