Many times we stray so far from what is natural because it’s considered to be what is right. Our most innate knowledge is lost amidst the voices of our culture. Like a leaf fallen into a river, our inner voice is quickly carried away. I want Odin to be completely in touch with his roots and his voice. I want him to understand what is natural and honest.
When I learned I was pregnant, I did so much research. Hospital birth was covered by insurance but a homebirth was not. For me, homebirth seemed so much more primal and natural, we decided to pursue it even though it was a huge financial burden. I didn’t see birth as a medical procedure, I saw it as the amazing ability to bring a human being into this world and I knew I had the strength to do it. It seemed normal to me to have a baby in my own space with people I felt very comfortable with. With a very understanding midwife, we were able to make payments and have the birth we thought was most natural. We brought Odin earthside in my room, on my bed. It was the middle of the day and there was a very soft springtime breezing blowing through our double windows. We didn’t have curtains, but a tapestry hanging in front of the window seemed to mimic Odin’s first breaths. This felt so right.
I hope Odin takes moments to breathe with the earth. I hope he stops to taste, hear, and feel her beneath him. I hope he learns that every action has a reaction and that as a human being, he has so much power. His impact is important, as is all of ours, it’s just a matter of what we want that impact to be. What bits of wisdom do we want to pass down to our children and theirs?