The Soul of Homebirth
by Vi Sadhana
What is the soul of homebirth? How do you describe the action of choosing homebirth? For me, that action was a Kriya, something one does on purpose, a purposeful action. Another way is to liken the soul of birth to a holy feeling, a Darshan or spiritual audience.
And how can one explain childbirth? Birth is truly that which cannot be explained, or Wakan, the "great mystery." The difficulty and work of labor leading to the pleasure of birth and nursing is Evam, the joining of negative and positive energies.
With the birth of my first child I realized that the event of birth needed to be in the familiarity of home. With the birth of each of my other three babies, this notion was only strengthened. During this time, my life as a homebirth midwife was born and grew. Now my babies are nearly grown and on their own, and that notion still holds true—birth needs to be in the familiarity of the home if at all possible, and in the event of being elsewhere, the soul of birth can be maintained by those present. I guess that is what we midwives are supposed to be doing when we assist someone with her birth, no matter where we are.
Vi Sadhana, homebirth midwife, is helping keep birth simple and in the home.
[Editor's Note: According to the author, Kriya and Darshan are Sanskrit words, Wakan is Native American and is used for the Great Spirit, and Evam is most likely Tibetan. Those words are also the names of the author's four children. "As each one was born," she writes, "I realized that their names clearly described birth as I perceived it to be. Now, nearly grown, they live up to their names."]