The Birth Pause: Unhurrying the Moment of Meeting

If a ‘pregnant pause’ is a breath held in a story, a moment’s stillness where we linger between what has been told and what is yet to be told, then what we are calling a ‘birth pause’ might be thought of as a breath at the moment of birth: a place to linger, suspended briefly between what has just happened – the mighty work of birth, and what is to come – the unfolding of the new human life that has been placed in your care.  When you pause at birth you are in a sense stopping to catch the moment of arrival, yours as much as your baby’s.

What is this “birth pause?” you ask your midwife.

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