Love- it was present and palpable. God is Love. His presence had surely filled the house and was apparent as soon as I entered the space.
Earlier in her pregnancy, my friend, Sam, had requested that I come check her during her birth. As much as I would like to do this more regularly, my own personal vocation as a mom of four often doesn’t allow for this. However, in her case, I felt a nudge from God to be able to make this happen. So I journeyed out to the Hill Country late Monday night after getting her text that she was in labor.
When I arrived, her midwife, Heather, told me the baby was in a ROP position- meaning the baby was slightly “sunny side up.” This position is what can cause back labor and is more stressful for the baby’s spine. I set up my table and went about assessing Sam. Using the Webster analysis and protocol I determined her sacrum had rotated on the left side posteriorly. I adjusted her pelvis and released the associated taut round ligament, the sacrotuberous ligament via Logan and adjusted her cervical spine as well.
An hour later, Heather checked Sam again. Baby Felicity had wiggled into a more optimal position of ROA- she was no longer in the posterior position! Fantastic! I did another check on Sam- assuring myself and her that her pelvis had stabilized. This time I also did an upper and lower respiratory diaphragm release to allow for greater chest expansion and easier breathing but without stimulating her sympathetic- flight or fight- nervous system. (Thanks Dr Jon Edwards for that valuable teaching!) She agreed to let me pray with her before I departed. I drove home in the wee hours on Tuesday, appreciative and grateful.
It is a very honorable experience to be invited into a birthing space. As a society, I think we have forgotten the sacredness that consumes a space where a soul makes their entrance earth-side. That night at their house, I was able to encounter a bit of heaven on earth. Surely God’s presence was there as the Divine was escorting Felicity to her new earthly family. The loving energy was immensely palpable. I was grateful to play my part in helping this child make a safe journey. Supporting mothers equals supported families. Supporting and loving families is how we change the world.
Thank you, Sam and Jon, for allowing me to be a part of Felicity’s birth story.
-Dr. Angie Artho