Sunday, March 8, 2015
Crowning. "The ring of fire" as it's commonly known. For me, this stage of labor was the most powerful physical sensation of my life. Squatting at the end of my bed, I felt my son's head emerge, and in that moment, it felt as though the whole universe was rushing through me. More than the pain, I remember the feeling of awe. The pressure was intense-- but I didn't feel like I was splitting open or pushing through fire (the stitches that I needed afterwards are a different story....) Instead, it seemed as though time stopped and my baby and I were suspended in a moment between two worlds.
Recalling that moment of birth, I began thinking-- what if we replace fear with curiosity? Rather than fearing "the ring of fire" (or any part of birth), we can choose to be open to the new experience. It might be painful, but it might also be the most powerful, beautiful experience of your life.