“The UNICEF estimates that an average 353,000 babies are born each day around the world. The crude birth rate is 18.9 births per 1,000 population or 255 births globally per minute or 4.3 births every second (as of Dec. 2013″ estimate) http://www.theworldcounts.com
Statistics apart and useful as they are, in the hospitals, in the homes, in the cars and on the farms the midwife sees a woman, a person, a human being not numbers giving birth. Depending on the preparation each woman has had for it, their obstetric history, their health and the support they have from partner, family and friends, their readiness for the experience and the experience itself is different for each and every one giving birth.
I want you to know that going through labour and giving birth is only part of the saga. For some women, it’s as easy as A B C and they keep coming back until they have that inner feeling that their family is complete. For others the pain is nothing like they ever imagined and just the one experience is enough, despite what modern science has to offer in the form of pain relief.
For the multitude in the middle, depending on the Lord who said “Be fruitful and multiply” is vital. For every difficulty that comes their way a prayer meets it to overcome it. Being there for them is an honour, to use the skills, knowledge and prayer fulfils the joy we await and receive at the end.