The lost art of Being With. The vast majority of the time, all the birthing person “needs” is the calm, confident presence of someone who believes in her. Fancy tips and tricks, directions, ideas and solutions more often than not serve to interfere and distract more than help. Sitting with, being with, breathing with. Being still with. Saying “That’s the way.” “Just like that.” “Follow your body.” “You’re doing it.” A little pep talk here and there during a challenging moment to remind her that she can do hard things. Unwavering space holding and belief in your strength. THESE are the “with-woman” skills that support a physiological birth more than anything. ~ Jessica Austin, Birth Takes A Village.
Photo Credit: Birth of Hope Doula & Photographer