There is no power on earth as strong as a mother’s love. There are countless stories of women finding the strength of 10 to save a child. Every time I assist a woman in birthing her baby, I am amazed and awed by the sheer strength that women carry within. I will often tell her support person to watch her face at the moment of birth. It is one of sheer triumph! I assisted a woman birthing this week and as often happens for me, was humbled by her tenacity and courage in birthing her baby. She pushed in every position imaginable to rotate her baby and bring her into “the light”. She never wavered in her conviction that she could do it and through the sheer power of her will, she did it!
I often tell mothers that to birth they must access the deepest darkest part of the self. They must find the strength that lies deep within, in the parts of the soul that are not polite or quiet but can wield a sword or throw fire. Anyone who has never before seen a woman in the throes of labor is astounded by the transformation that takes place. To witness a normally polite, controlled woman rocking and moaning and assertively telling everyone in the room to be quiet or leave is truly awesome.
I believe that birth is hard because motherhood is hard. It comes with sacrifice and the giving of part of your very being. I have been known to say that children “suck your life force,” and they do, but it isn’t a bad thing. You love them unconditionally with all that you are and all that you have. But the rewards are endless. I would not be the person I am without the gifts of my children. I would not know yoga; I would not be a teacher without my daughter Katie. I often work long hours, staying up for 24 hour calls and then caring for my grandchildren for another 8, and then I find the energy to teach prenatal yoga. My peers often ask me how I do it all. My answer is simple. I am a Mother. As a mother, you love unconditionally and through that love, you dig deep down and you find the strength within to give and spread that love. So I want to wish all the women who have conceived or birthed a baby Happy Healthy Mother’s Day! You are all powerful, strong, amazing women and I bow before you.