It’s crazy leaving New Mexico. It truly is a different world out here. It feels different and smells thicker. Sweeter almost. Like flowers, perhaps? More people for sure, and they look fresh. New to me. I can’t stop staring. Airports are fun places. Entertaining.
And now I am here, in DC. Where the cherry blossoms bloomed two days ago. My cab driver told me. He was from Ethiopia. His wife had three babies. She had to fight her doctors, he said, to not have a c/s for her last breech birth.
“He was so little, I refused. Oh….they were angry, I could see that. But then they turned it. We watched it on the TV while they turned – he was so small, lots of room. They just wanted to cut him out.”
He asked so many questions. He couldn’t believe babies came out in the water. He asked the normal questions about water birth, but his eyes lit up! He said he would look for a Birth Center for his next birth. They are Greek Orthodox and will have many babies he said. Lots of children in his family – his mom had 10. All natural, he said. It is different here in America, he said. The women all have c- sections. Why?
And the New Yorker who sat behind me on my first plane today. Straight red hair, bangs. Thick accent – sounded like home. As the plane taxied into the gate, she stood up. “I overheard you say you were a midwife! I just had to tell you, my great-grandmother was a midwife in the Village. She used to tell me stooooories. You wouldn’t believe them. When the babies came out small, they would put them in a little cardboard box and put them in the oven.” My seat mate shook his head in disbelief. No. They couldn’t have. She enthusiastically nodded.
“Amazing – the stories,” she said.
And so here I am in a foreign country that is the capital of my own. Here to talk about supporting Birth Centers across the nation. Meetings, strategic planning and I am such a baby at it all. Just pulling my head out of the water myself. Oh – there is more work to be done – outside the birth room? I am just getting the hang of that! Here we go…. spread the word!