The world is full of people ready to advise us, direct us, persuade us, implore us, analyze us, judge us, and ultimately, confuse the crap out of us.
Wouldn’t you agree?
There is something I want to say. As a dad here at Bring Birth Home, I have a lot I want to share from the other side of the aisle. Katie likes to call me BBH Dad, but you can just call me Eric.
I know that somewhere in-between the lines of today’s post, there is a lesson about Katie, the home birthing creator of this blog. I bet you can apply it to your life too.
Katie never meant for Bring Birth Home to become what it’s become. She simply wanted to extend her passion for home birth.
Our profound home birth experience led Katie to want to help educate and empower women about their choice to birth at home.
This site started with the hope that more women might discover their options and own their birth experience.
Bring Birth Home is growing into a family business. We love it and we are committed!
But that wasn’t even a twinkle in our eyes until recently.
Once upon a time, it was me who resigned from his 8th grade English teaching job in exchange for two part-time jobs — one of which involved mopping floors on Friday nights.
I did this so I could obsess over all the aspects of blogging, internet marketing and social media in the name of entrepreneurialism.
Katie has always been consistent, even-keeled, supportive and at times even sympathetic of my drive and goals.
Barring a few moments that no human is immune, Katie has always remained calm and relaxed. She’s certainly kept a great perspective, and has rolled with the punches.
I, on the other hand, have been the one who’s hunched over the computer, shoulders touching earlobes, eyes blazing. On a mission.
Katie has watched me hunt and peck my way through the process of building an internet business with the stubborn, fool-hardy clumsiness of a gold miner. Quietly looking over my shoulder, she’s panned the nuggets worth learning.
Then one day while stirring a sizzling pan of vegetables, she asked me if the domain Bring Birth Home was available. There is a lot of meaning and metaphor inside that phrase: Bring Birth Home.
Leading up to that moment, Katie had been a very active participant at My Best Birth. That was her place to blog.
So when she created Bring Birth Home with WordPress, she had no intention to blog. At first, it was a gathering of home birth stories on static pages fueled by passionate interest. It still is that. It will always be that (first).
And literally, in 60 days she was effortlessly expressing her truth in such a way that up until that point, I had only seen it when she was playing the guitar, or nursing Ella Rose.
Katie has an aptitude to shut out the noise. She is able to hear her own quiet internal voice sweetly speak what she recognizes as her own unique individual truths.
I recognized this characteristic before we found out Ella Rose was going to join us.
But I will never forget the moment Katie began to recognize it herself, harness the power of it and trust it. It’s bookmarked in my memory as one of Katie’s greatest moments.
We were just buckling up our seatbelts as the car idled in the cold dark fall evening after watching Suzanne Arms speak about natural childbirth.
Katie said, “I think I want to have a home birth.”
There was something in the way Katie said it that was pure certainty.
This is not hyperbole. It was that statement that gave Katie the courage to live inside out; to truly bring birth home.
It was an unconscious line she drew in the sand, and only once she chose to live that way did everything start to fall in place (health, love, friends, and harmony) synergistically.
When we live our truth we resonate.
That was the moment I gained a deeper sense of trust in her instincts. I learned just from the way Katie expressed that one sentence to have faith, and to protect, nurture and zealously guard that purity and resonance.
The entire experience leading up to the day of Ella’s birth, and every day since has brought forth a women, a very beautiful women who finds and shares meaning with you here at this blog.
Thank you for being here. I’m going to start blogging here too. That’s how cool this place is. I have grown to almost love it as much as she does.
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