Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Middle Wife

(By an Anonymous 2nd grade teacher) :

I've been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids myself, but the best "birth" story I know is the one I saw in my own second grade classroom a few years back.

When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it in to school and talk about it, they're welcome.

Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater.

She holds up a snapshot of an infant. 'This is Luke, my baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his birthday.'

'First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed in my Mom's stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord.'

She's standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching her in amazement.

'Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts saying and going, 'Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!' Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans. 'She walked around the house for, like an hour, 'Oh, oh, oh!' (Now this kid is doing a hysterical duck walk and groaning.)

'My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn't have a sign on the car like the Domino's man. They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this.' (Then Erica lies down with her back against the wall)

'And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!' (This kid has her legs spread with her little hands miming water flowing away. It was too much!)

'Then the middle wife starts saying 'push, push,' and 'breathe, breathe'. They started counting, but never even got past ten. Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother.. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all said it was from Mom's play-center, (placenta) so there must be a lot of toys inside there. When he got out, the middle wife spanked him for crawling up in there.'

Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat I'm sure I applauded the loudest. Ever since then, when it's show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another 'Middle Wife' comes along.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Power of Prayer

Casa Compasiva is proud to announce the first birth! 

 It happened this week after a long and hard, but triumphant labour.  Our birthing mama did a magnificent job, but when her energy finally gave out, we were all privileged to witness the amazing power of prayer.  

As mama and birth team all cried out to God, He answered and gave her strength to finish the job-- and finish well!  

The doctor on our team who witnessed the event commented later that from a medical perspective there is no explanation for how things turned out.  She said that it was a marvel and could only attribute it to the power of prayer.  

We of course know that it is not just the power of prayer, but the amazing power of our loving and faithful God.  Thank You, Father!  And thanks also to our prayer partners who are lifting this ministry to the throne.   

Mama and baby are happily settled at home and doing well.  

The Birth Team
Lila and her namesake, Layla
Three generations of very content women
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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

When Children Have Children...

At Casa Compasiva we currently have two young clients who need some special prayer and special attention.

One is a young single mum who was shocked and dismayed to find herself pregnant, and has had a very hard time all through the pregnancy struggling to accept the situation.  She is due in a couple of days and is still trying to wrap her mind around the fact that she is really going to have a baby.  And then what?  Keep the baby even though she is so immature herself? Adopt the baby out? Let her mother take the child and raise it as her own?  None are really good options; every one is painful and fraught with pitfalls along the way.  As she cried on my shoulder yesterday, I prayed with her and encouraged her to think about what is best for her baby.  Now we wait for her labor to begin and the rest of her life to take shape around the impending decisions.

“For I know the plans I have for you”, says the Lord; “plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future”. (Jeremiah 29:11)

The other young mum is fourteen years old (fifteen this month), and is married to a twenty-eight year-old man.  They live in a village three hours away, so caring for her for these last three months of her pregnancy will be difficult, yet critical.  How can we attend someone so young?  I don't know.  It remains to be seen if we can.  Girls so young are loose cannons risk-wise, yet if we were to judge by her attitude alone, she will labor and deliver just fine. Like many indigenous women here in Oaxaca, she thinks there is nothing out of the ordinary in being married and pregnant so young.  We are concerned; she is stoic.  We don't yet know whether she will be “risked out” of a Casa Compasiva birth or not. It remains to be seen.  But as we keep vigil over her through the remainder of her pregnancy, we can at least give her excellent prenatal care, biblical teaching, encouragement, and compassion.

Please pray for these precious young clients, as well as our other ladies in more “normal” pregnancy situations.  Thanks!

P.S. We have two babies due in the next few days!

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