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My husband and I came to the realization this morning that our due date is just 8 weeks away.  There are no words for how quickly this pregnancy has gone, and as excited as I am to welcome babe #2, I just love being pregnant and I’m not sure I’m ready for that to go.  So to get myself pepped up, I’m reexamining my favorite birthing motivators, like this Egyptian sculpture from the Ptolemaic Period.  I first saw her in a Jewish Art studies class I was taking while an Art History major (my professor was a bit of an earthy feminist, and while we focussed on Judaica, she couldn’t pass up any opportunity to discuss empowering art.  Probably the best class I ever took.)

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I mentioned in my last post, that reading Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth is a must; and that I highly recommend watching the documentary Birth Story . . . this is a nice intro to that.  Her TedX talk, I love this woman so much it makes me cry.  Or maybe the hormones make me cry, and she’s just so inspiring.  She takes all of the fear out of having a baby, and seems like the most empowering person to have in your circle.  So although I don’t know her personally, I truly feel like she’s in my circle and I’ve known her my whole life.  Please watch, enjoy, be inspired.  And remember, “Your Body is not a Lemon.”

 

PS Your body is capable of so much more than what our modern society allows us to believe.  I found this other amazing TedX talk today that was truly eye opening.  We need to believe in our bodies more and give them the support they need to do their thing. (I hesitate in showing this because of the story about a midwife hexing the babies she birthed. It furthers some people’s misconceptions of the backwoods voodoo midwife, but we all know all sorts of people exist, and I’ll let Miss Ina stand as proof positive that midwives are nothing of the sort, usually.)

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