I feel so tender and I am not sure why.
Jo, our Infantasia Woman, posted a video of a home birth today. The gist of it is that Daddy is far away in Afghanistan when the baby is born and that breaks my heart. But, the pictures are so beautiful and if you've never been to a home birth and wondered what one is like, here you go. The faces the woman wears throughout her labor and afterwards are the faces that I have seen hundreds of women wear as they went through their labors and then held their babies in their arms.
I have worn them myself. I am sure that an experienced nurse or midwife could look at just the mother's face and know almost exactly where in her labor she was.
In my tender state of mind, I am wishing fervently that all women could give birth so simply with so much love surrounding them and I wish that all of those women's partners could be with them as they deliver life onto this planet instead of being somewhere far away where their lives and others are threatened by war.
Home is a beautiful place to be and sometimes the very best place to be and war never, ever is.
Uploaded by TheLizaiza on Sep 16, 2011
Thank you to my husband and all the soldiers missing such important things as the birth of your baby while deployed. Thank you to Jessica Strom Photography http://jessicastrom.net for the beautiful pictures that enabled me to share these moments with him. And thank you to my wonderful family for being there for me. I couldn't have done it without you.