Reflections on the birth of twins by gentle cesarean in January 2015.
"No. It's you."
When we met for coffee to chat about her birth, I wasn't actually offering Doula services, and in fact several times tried to impress upon her that my family life was unstable and I wasn't sure I was up for more birth work. But it was twins. And it was Rachel. And she simply shook her head and said, "No. I'ts you. I want you. What is your deposit?"
Our journey together was an emotional one. Their family was faced with a series of surprises that continually forced them to readjust the vision of their birth. Watching her deal with these blows week to week was like watching a woman in intense labor, the initial pain gradually leading to relaxation and acceptance; empowerment and peace. Her story is not mine to tell, but on the (almost) anniversary of the twins sweet birthday, I wanted to share a few favorites from the day they were born via gentle surgical birth surrounded by loving and VERY enthusiastic family.