In my work as a midwife I have the awesome privilege to be with women when they can resource deeply their true magnificence.
Being pregnant and giving birth is a time in a woman’s life when she has a relationship with her body that is very real and full. A time when she can get to know herself and her true strength and qualities, as her body does some of the most amazing and miraculous things ever.
Over and over again I am blown away by the sheer power and beauty of women.
And then the men… and their awesome tenderness, care and sensitivity; their willingness to be in the wonder of what they are witnessing. When I see a man honour the woman he is with; to let himself be in awe of her, I can see how relationships are transformed to a whole new level.
The cool thing too is that it is not to say that we can only do this when we are pregnant or give birth. Working alongside colleagues who have chosen not to have children, or not yet had children, I recognise the same magnificence.
What is interesting is that for many of us the acceptance and living of this magnificence is not our norm. There seem to be many patterns of behaviour and belief systems that do not honour and confirm women in their strength and beauty, and we are so familiar with these that we do not question them.
So back to the privilege of working as a midwife, when what I observe at work shows me beyond any doubt how magnificent women are; how sensitive and deeply caring men are; how exquisite our relationships can be when we let ourselves be touched and awed by others, and how deeply we can resource our true strength and qualities when we choose.
By MB, UK
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