Jewel – L and G are sleeping at the moment, so I want to use this lull in the action to say thank you for making last Friday as smooth and relaxed an event as we could have hoped for. Your unbroken presence was the key to L’s positive and relaxed state of mind, and her attitude, in turn, was the thing that ultimately came to guide and synchronize the situation and really harmonize every person in the room. The thing that always mattered most to me was that L feel safe and confident, not only in her environment but also in herself, and there is no question that you played a crucial role in achieving these objectives.
Dear Jewel, Thank you so much for all of your care and support during my pregnancy and labor. It was so important for me to be able to experience child birth naturally, as it was intended to be. You helped make that possible. You provided me with the knowledge and support to achieve my dream. It proved to be such a wonderful, spiritual, and enlightening experience. I had no idea that having Z. naturally would be so wonderful. Of course there was pain, but remarkably I can even look back at the most painful moments with great joy. Life giving pain is truly a wonderful thing. Your support, both mentally and physically helped keep me focused and brought me back when I felt I was losing control. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you did.
I gave birth to my son in April of 2006 with Jewel attending. I didn’t call them to come until I was in transition, and so there was a bit of a mad rush to the house! Jewel managed to swoop in and assess where I was at and get all the necessary tools out and ready without me hardly even noticing. The next thing I knew I was pushing him out and she quickly scooped him up (it was a water birth) and handed him to me! There was a seamless calm to the whole thing. I also can say how nice it was to have house visits from Jewel afterwards – and to not have to go anywhere while she checked and weighed my baby. Having a home birth with a midwife like Jewel attending was a wonderful way to welcome my son into the world.