In 2014, my family received such wonderful news; both my sister and sister-in-law were pregnant, in fact only 6 weeks apart.
Throughout the nine months, I was fortunate to treat both ladies with either Bowen Therapy or remedial massage (towards the end, both opted for Bowen Therapy). When it came to any pregnancy symptoms such as stress, reflux, sore back, indigestion, morning sickness, exhaustion or any niggle they turned to me.
My brother in law approached me one day and asked if I could be a support person for my sister in labor. What an honor! I must admit I went through days of excitement, then severe anxiousness – I’ve never done this before, and didn’t know what to expect – but as they say, there is a first for everything and looking back, I am glad I did it.
With the birth not too far away, I organized myself with homeopathics suitable for labor/birthing and essential oils for massage in labor.
On the 4th January 2015 I woke up to check on my sister, and she said, “I think my waters have broken.” Oh crap I thought to myself, this could be it! And it was.
Once we arrived in the birthing suite, I diffused essential oils of lavender and bergamot to refresh and disinfect the room. These essential oils were used throughout the entire labor.
Between every contraction I massaged lavender and jojoba oil into my sisters back (lower and upper including neck), and legs. Lavender was used to assist with anxiety, pain relief and as a mood enhancer. I also used homeopathics to help with pain, and between contractions. In the background my massage music was playing to create a relaxing environment.
12 hours later at 3:15pm, my baby nephew was born.
What an amazing experience for me! To witness something like this, and be apart of something so special, words cannot describe it. I am so proud of both my sister and brother in law, they did a fantastic job. To finally meet the little person that they created was such a surreal feeling.
My biggest lesson from this experience is how strong women are. We as women endure so much, from carrying a baby, giving birth, been the babies lifeline and support, to standard everyday life, where we come home from work and have to organize dinner, feed the kids (if you have them) etc, and I don’t think we give ourselves enough gratitude. I honestly believe women are the rock and backbone of countless homes and lives.
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