Waiting to Inhale: How to Unhurry the Moment of Birth

Mary Esther Malloy, MA, CD (DONA), AAHCC

A doula and expectant mother’s view of birth is forever changed when she sees a midwife simply place a newly born child below her mother at the moment of birth. The pause that the mother experiences in this moment as she studies, touches, and claims her child prompts the author to reflect in this guest editorial on ways we might be disturbing the natural sequence of birth as we deliver babies directly to their mothers’ chests.

“For we are not only finding our babies, we are also finding ourselves as mothers, and finding our way into a new state of being.”

The Journal of Perinatal Education

Advancing Normal Birth

A Lamaze International Publication

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