Vision

Every child has a vision.

When a child says, “I want to be a Doctor when I grow up.”

Or whatever other job a child might say.

Or if “I don’t know what I want to do” is the answer,

That’s a vision.

A gift from Our Lord Our God

Who stirs up that special gift,

Be it specific or exploratory.

He will guide and guard.

Define and refine

Until each child makes his or her way

Towards the calling He has chosen.

He did it for Christ.

 

Birth made easier

Squat

Squatting is supported by the exponents of natural birth as a beneficial way to give birth.  So what are the benefits being suggested?  Squatting can cut the length of labour and expedite delivery.  In my experience the women, whom I have been midwife to, on changing to a squatting position do have their babies quite quickly after having been labouring for a long time.  It always seem to be the last position taken, although some women put squatting as their choice of delivery position in their Birth Plan.  Getting down at the right time is important otherwise it is tiring on the legs and hips.

According to Doula, Alana Bibeau, PhD, the pelvic opening is widened about 20% to 30% by using the upper legs as levers on the pelvic bones and another benefit is more oxygen gets to uterine muscles and the baby, helps to dilate the cervix,.labour pains are lessened and the  incidence of episiotomy or perineal tears and caesarian section has dropped.

Squatting birth is something for pregnant women to consider.

Baby sounds

The sounds a baby makes helps us to care for their needs.  There is the cooing, gurgling, babbling, oohs and aahs.  Of course we have the obvious crying.  The sounds vary as to when they want to play, to be held for comfort and bonding, to get attention for a problem to be solved.  It is not always easy to detect but attentive we must be until they are old enough to vocalise their needs.

Sound