My beautiful friend Nicole asked if I would be there for the birth of her third daughter Kira. She was planning a water birth at home. I was thrilled to have been asked and couldn’t wait!
Nicole started labor late in the afternoon, she called to let me know her progress. At around 7 o’clock she asked me to come over. We all managed to sleep for an hour or so before labor started in earnest. Nic’s Mum was there, as well as Steve and the girls. Nicole asked me to bring one of her crystal bowls into the birthing room, she knew exactly which one she wanted ’and needed.’
Nic’s Mum played the bowl through the first few contractions. When she left the room at the next contraction, Nicole demanded that someone play the crystal bowl. I started playing slowly and softly as the next contraction came…I watched and listened to stay in tune with where Nic was at in her contraction. As she peaked I played fasterand louder. As the contraction subsided so did I.
After a while I respectfully asked Nic if she wanted me to keep playing ( I didn’t want to be annoying or hindering her progress in any way.) She gave me a definite YES! We went on through the night, me playing and Nic laboring. She made the usual laboring noises and they were in tune with the sound of the bowl. I felt as if I was right there with her through every contraction. She felt like I was there holding her hand…that she was not alone.
Kira was born just as the sun peaked over the horizon. We were all there to welcome her.
Nicole’s home birth was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life so far. I feel honored to have been there and honored and grateful that Nicole allowed me into her personal space as I played the crystal bowl. I will never forget the night of Kira’s birth.
- Janet Bushby, Roleystone -