the midwifery sisterhood

To be a midwife is to be part of a different world. The life is intense. Pregnancy and birth are so powerful. As a midwife I experience that power often. I go home and shop and cook and talk about school, kids, money, daily ups and downs; but all the time, I have another life, a life of pregnancy and birth in which there is no mundane, it is all significant and powerful. The only people who share that contrast of daily grind interspersed with the immense pressure, responsibility and pleasure of attending births, are my midwife sisters. So, to go out with another midwife for lunch, as I did the other day, is special and wonderful. We ate Thai food. We talked about mundane things. We laughed about menopause, and we hoped that we are aging with wisdom and pleasure.