The homebirth of my first baby was the most profound thing that has ever happened to me. I not only gained immense power from the act of birthing my baby, but that act was the foundation of how I mothered. I realized that I did not have to swallow the things I thought wrong in this society and I did not have to surrender my child to it either.
Although no one around me (except my husband) agreed, I was able to break free of other people’s expectations and choose a different path. I realized that my whole life, along with the nurturing of my family, could be an act of creation rather than a struggle to just survive (as I had done in the past).
What is more, I felt within me an overwhelming urge to share about my experience of birth—glorious, addictive and empowering! I could not shut up. I can’t not share what I know about birth; it is a profound rite of passage, something sacred and profound. This event not only makes humans, but it makes mothers and fathers. It makes humanity.
I am an activist because I can’t not be. If I stop sharing this truth, I get sick. I have come to realize that this is the expression of the Divine Feminine, which is in each one of us females.
As every woman re-members this, we heal Mother Earth and her children from the disconnection that is destroying the earth through a dis-eased humanity.
Our mother is our first relationship, then our family, then the local community and then the world. By healing birth, we heal our Mother Earth.
~ Barbara Rivera is an activist who founded the organization Empowered Birth.
Jan Tritten is the founder, editor-in-chief and mother of Midwifery Today magazine. She became a midwife in 1977 after the amazing homebirth of her second daughter. Her mission is to make loving midwifery care the norm for birthing women and their babies throughout the world. Meet Jan at our conferences around the world, or join her online, as she works to transform birth practices around the world.