We cannot always choose the perfect moment in our lives to have a child; sometime they come when we least expect it. The miracle of birth, when you have experienced it, is so powerful that it, often, changes all perspective. It is bathed in the power of love and love means making way for another being. Motherhood is the most sacred of all the roles that we as human beings perform in our lives. Men may have denigrated it over millennia, making it appear so mundane, as to not even deserve public recognition, but this is a falsehood.
The Miracle of Birth: Love Means Making Way
The miracle of birth draws the worlds of spirit and matter together in the union of new life. When a baby emerges and we hear the cry of existence, we are reminded of the spark of life. A child has formed inside its mother and from the nothingness it has become something tangible, something essentially lovable. The cosmic union of man and woman, of seed and egg, has produced magic in the form of life incarnate. A birth is a time of celebration, for the mother and father, their families and their community.
Births and deaths transcend the personal, they are bigger than one person’s domain or a couple’s private property, they belong to all. They are the gateway between worlds and the experience is tainted with the sacred, with real magic. The magic of new life. Births rejuvenate those around them, the grandparents, the siblings and the circle of friends. We must all realign our utter respect for the concept of birth. We must together march as one in according birth our every support: emotional, financial and ideologically.
Mothers must not be left alone with the fear and burden of impending birth. In some ways it is like making a big bet with existence. There is trepidation at what the mother’s new life will be like and what the child will be like. But it is like worrying about dying when you are a small child, there is no need to, because life prepares you with old age before you are faced with death, in most cases. In the same way, the experience of birth transforms the new mother and makes her a beacon of love. But at the same time she needs real material support from those around her. More than just Hallmark greeting card sentiment and a few stuffed toys.