|Posted by Randi Fay Payton on April 7, 2011 at 2:28 AM|
I am sitting and trying to write my "intro" for our new web site and Marlene is on the other computer watching a bald eagle sit in it’s nest hatching eggs. For the past hour the mamma eagle has been sleeping. It got up once to reposition it’s self over the eggs. The temp is 45 degrees and the wind is blowing. It drifts off to sleep and then stirs. These eggs were suppose to hatch 2 days ago. There are some 70,000 viewers waiting for the eggs to hatch into these cute little fluffy chicks.
Some women in the last weeks and days of pregnancy must feel so much like that mama eagle...sitting in a windstorm, trying to sleep but always up stirring, repositioning, unable to get a whole lot of relief from the elements and certainly feeling like there are full eggs under her bottom...all the while what seems like 70,000 family members are watching and waiting for the belly to hatch.
We midwifes eagerly watch these eagle mamas and babies still unhatched and we cannot help but apply it to midwifery...to our human mamas and babies. We as mothers learn to be patient as we near the unwritten day of birth. We wait on our babies to finish every last detail and make their way forth. Midwives must have patience too in order to walk the process with a woman as she trusts her body and baby to work together...give her support, encourage her as she walks the last weeks and final days of growing her baby under her heart, before it moves over her heart into her arms. You are diligent mothers, caring for your babies and doing whatever it takes to keep them safe, warm and loved. Just like the mother eagles strong and silent in the midst of the night in dark, icy winds, you are strong in your desire to give the very best to your babies, including one more day of pregnancy. Know that we walk this journey with you.
Visit www.nestcam.com to see the journey of these beautiful eagles as they become parents!
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