Honestly, I can't think of one moment that stands above another because all of God's blessings this year have been equally amazing. God has been so good and I can't begin to describe how thankful I am for all that He has done for me in my life!
I have had the profound privilege of honoring Him with my work of being a birth attendant. This past year I have witnessed the emergence of 22 souls in the form of childbirth and I couldn't be happier with the profession that God has chosen for me. Each day as a doula/midwife/yoga instructor I learn more and more about His creation of the female body and the miracle that is childbirth. Daily I am in awe of how He created our bodies to nourish, nurture, & grow a human life within our wombs. Daily He teaches me new things about childbirth in the way that He intended it to be.
Despite the contentment I find in my work, I am continually frustrated by the medicalization of birth and one of my biggest purposes in life is to show women that it does not have to be that way. My sole reason for being a doula & in the future, a midwife (other than to honor God of course!) is to provide women with the education, the information, and the confidence to birth their babies the way God intended. He has given me a great number of tools to do so and with each birth I attend I acquire even more tools.
These 22 births have been such a joy to be present for. Each one unique, but each one beautiful! Each client will forever hold a special place in my heart and I will forever be grateful for being invited into such a sacred moment.
It is my earnest prayer that childbirth never becomes mundane for me. I still cry at each birth & I pray that I always will. I pray that God will lead new mamas and families to my door so that I may continue to make an impact and continue to serve pregnant & birthing women and their families. I have found no greater joy in my life than serving God & serving others in this way.
I am hopeful and open to what God has in store for me in 2011. I can already tell it will be a busy, busy year. I'm ready God!!