Okay, it isn’t quite that dramatic – I knew she was moving back to San Angelo, but somehow 9 months have gone by since my baby was born and the time has come!
Kelly has done all the practical stuff she needs to do, and will relocate back to her hometown and take her final tests in the spring to be a certified professional midwife and be the first of her kind there.
We celebrated her graduation on Saturday at Molly’s birth center (hours after she delivered her last baby here), and I hung out with some more mommies who delivered with her. We had the opportunity to talk about why we made the choices we did. Whether homebirth or birth center birth, each mama there had an incredible experience that affected them on a million different levels. Our lives and relationships were changed, yes, because we added a new baby, but also because we chose to pursue an out of hospital birth with a care provider who became a part of our family.
Moms and Dads of completely different ages and backgrounds laughed and cried with each other – most of us having never met before Saturday night. Bonded by a woman who was mother, sister, confidante, cheerleader, coach and loving friend through the darkness and the light that is (pregnancy and) labor and delivery.
It is seldom in life that you are able to find someone (that didn’t birth you!) who you trust implicitly with your heart. Someone who gives you love and advice and unconditional acceptance. Those are the people who you want to hold your hand as you bring a new life into the world, and I am eternally blessed that I had Kelly and my husband Jason there for Coco’s arrival.
That was everything to me during the birth of my daughter and it made me a stronger woman and a better mother going forward. The longer I am around the birth community, the more I believe in the empowerment of women and how crucial it is that we be supported in our desire to birth any damn way we please. In the ocean or in an OR. Or on a horse farm in a really big, squishy birth pool.
The future moms and dads of San Angelo, Texas are getting an amazing Christmas present this year.
OUR midwife, Kelly Miller (coming soon to San Angelo, TX)
Molly Germash (DFW and surrounding areas)
Kim Watkins (DFW and surrounding areas)