A love letter to my midwife

Caroline, having you by my side, before, during and after the birth of Auri Rose, feeling your love and your trust and dedication has made such a difference I find myself short of words. And that doesn't happen often. People keep telling me that "I'm brave for having a home birth". This would be the last word I would use, as this is statistically as safe, if not safer, as a hospital birth. Instead I would chose very different words: Selfish. Clever. Informed. Supported. Blessed. Blessed with continuous care up to 14 days after the birth from the same woman, a woman who took the time to learn about me and my body, my history and who listened closely to the wishes I had and the words that had nothing to do with birth. Who didn't hesitate to hop into her car and come over, no matter what time of the day. Who is just one text away. Who kept me warm, hydrated and protected during my labour, who made sure to remind me that my body needs rest in-between. And who, in the most crucial moment reminded me to breathe.And who not only sees the beauty in messy and every day moments, but also knows how much I love capturing them and picked up my phone to take this shot of our sleeping daughter. You amazing woman, thank you. I love you!

Annika x

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