It matters how one gives birth and how one is born. It is a matter of profound importance not only to the mother and newborn, but to all whom birth touches—to families who are celebrating this significant event, to birth workers who are caring for families through this transformative experience, and to societies that must move aside to welcome one more member of the human family. But especially, birth matters to mother and child.
There is no interference. No sound. First contact is mine by right.
I reach for my baby and, instinctively, do what every uninterrupted mother
since the beginning of time has done. I cradle her to my left side, to my heart,
to where the first sound she hears is the steady and familiar beat of home.
She is slippery like a dolphin and oh so soft.