Today’s Women’s History Month stories come from our Latter-day Saint birthing history. I fantasize about having a book containing all the recorded birth accounts of our early Mormon mothers and midwives. What an amazing book that would be! I have a feeling that those account would do for us modern mothers what the following two accounts have done for me. They would show us over and over and over that God cares deeply about each birth and that we are given divine aid and protection as we participate in the sacred work of giving life to His children.
This guest post is by Mandy Williams, who I came to know through my work with ICAN (Internatinal Cesarean Awareness Network). Mandy has shared part of her inspiring journey in the past on our blog. She also happens to also be a talented photographer. You can find her beautiful work on her blog MandyJaneDesigns. I hope …
For today’s “guest post,” I’ve asked three of our book’s fans who have not yet crossed the bridge into motherhood to join me for an interview. Childbirth wasn’t something I became interested in until I became pregnant myself. So it intrigued and excited me that we had women reading our book who were not yet married or mothers. I wanted to dig into their heads and see if I could figure out how to get more of their peers to begin educating themselves about their sacred life-giving abilities (before marriage and pregnancy). I’ve loved “talking” with these women… Shaylee Ann, Emily, and Lynette. I hope you love them too.
A year ago, I thought I knew the will of the Lord for my family: more babies down the road. But now I’m not so sure. I just don’t know what to do about those two spirits I once believed were waiting for us to welcome them. And I couldn’t help feeling a pang of guilt, knowing that my womb may never again give life, when I heard Elder Oaks’ General Conference talk.
From the archive, by Sheridan… Often when a mom thinks about choosing a care provider for her birth she thinks about two things: what kind of care provider she wants and where she wants to give birth. I think it is equally important to look at the type of relationship* you have with your care provider.
The birth of Esau and Jacob, as painted by Benjamin West Motherhood and pregnancy are times full of questions and many hard decisions. It seems like everyone has a different opinion and gives different advice. It is easy to get confused or mislead about which choices are right for you, your baby, and your family. …