blog photoI met Marjorie today. She sat quietly on the shoulder of highway 37, eating a fast food meal that was given to her by a passerby. She was surrounded by all of her possessions, a suitcase, several plastic bags, and a blanket. She offered me one of her cheeseburgers and a comfortable seat on her suitcase.
This middle-aged woman looked worn and tired and has likely spent her entire adult life living with severe mental illness and many difficult journeys. As she waited for a ride from “someone headed north”, she openly shared her stories of pregnancy and childbirth with perfect clarity amid confusion about her travels and family. During our conversation it became clear that many of her thoughts were fraught with delusion and paranoia, but her stories of birth and motherhood remained pure. She was led to tears as she told me about the moments when they took her babies from her. She remembered vividly the uninvited people who flooded her delivery room and watched her birth like she was a caged animal. She talked about the way she was treated by those who were meant to help her and felt violated by her care providers as they touched her without her permission. Suddenly her demeanor changed, her eyes beamed as she said, “TWO PUSHES! That’s it!”. I smiled as she very proudly told me about her strength as she pushed her babies out in record time, suddenly victorious over the powerlessness she had just described. She was so proud of her new-found strength and the miraculous little person she had created and birthed.
I’m in love with her story because it shows how no matter the circumstances of a woman’s life after birth, the details of that experience will remain in her memory forever. It will change her.

Never underestimate the power of birth.


Lisa GroonAbout the Author ::

Lisa Groon is a certified birth doula and lactation counselor and feels passionately about the concept of building a community to support families during the incredibly challenging and rewarding journey of parenting. Lisa loves to laugh and you’ll inevitably be greeted with a big hug and a little sass. She enjoys staying busy and spends much of her time chasing her two adorable little boys with her exhausted husband Jason.