Bees and Birth

There is something thrilling and exhausting about being on call. As the due date approaches for one of my clients, I start having this relationship with my phone that’s kind of like discovering I have a 6th finger on one hand. I carry it every with me, and I pick at it. I open and close it (because my phone is old-school, ok!) and I poke at it, willing it to tell me the state of said-person’s cervix. Yeah, weird, I know.

Then we try to guess if it’s actually labour, if it’s real labour, when should I get there, blah blah blah. And finally the call is made and I go over, after throwing snacks into a bag and arranging childcare for my sweet girl.

And then I’m off.

It’s so quiet. The moments as I’m driving to a woman in labour. The drive is so quiet. I don’t play any music. I focus on keeping my energy calm and I reflect, what could be coming? Who knows!

I approach a birth the same way I approach the bees.

Before I break open a hive, I check my energy levels. I focus on getting calm and relaxed. After all, I don’t want to antagonize an already delicate situation. Because if I am calm and focused, I get stung less. It’s a win-win situation really.

It’s strange to compare assisting a woman in labour to beekeeping but to me, it’s the most natural thing in the world. Two worlds unto themselves that flow in and out. And knowing that they’ve been around for so long and will continue to ebb and flow so much longer than my short life. It’s humbling. Bees and Birth.

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Living a simple quiet life on the Gulf Islands, BC.

4 Thoughts on “Bees and Birth

  1. This is so well written, Amanda. What a pleasure to read!

  2. sandi on 7 July, 2012 at 9:27 am said:

    Also a pleasure to read a life well-lived! Whenever I mention your doula work to anyone who knew you as a child, they say, “Oh, she would be so well suited to that!” And it’s true!

  3. Danielle on 7 July, 2012 at 8:34 pm said:

    Funky picture in the sunglasses! Lovely read thank you.

  4. This got me all teary eyed. Very cool to read your thoughts on it!

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