Birthdays and Birth Days

"There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why." 

-William Barclay

Today I celebrate my birthday.  Ever since I was a little girl, I have L-O-V-E-D April 14th.  The gathering of friends and family, the cake and ice cream, blowing out candles (and the "YAY, SHALLIN!!!" that follows)... and best of all the PRESENTS! 

I still love my birthday - but I have now experienced the second great day of my life.  I now know my "why". 

My "why" is Birth Days.

Being a birth doula brings a whole new appreciate to the word "birthday", or as I think of it Birth {space} Day. 

Just as the dash between our first day on earth and our last is where our story lies, so the space in our first day, or Birth Day, is what separates our first Birth Day from all the birthdays to come.

This certain day, a space in time, is our time.  People will recall our day, our moment for the rest of their lives, the rest of our lives.  This story will be told, it will be remembered.

As a birth doula, I consider it one of the highest honors to support you as you prepare for this new Birth Day in your life.  I know it is a day you have anticipated, thought about, dreamed of, worried about and prepared your heart, mind and soul for.

You can be certain that I have prepared for this day too - I have dedicated my life to it.

I am ready for this day you have chosen me to be with you, supporting you, encouraging you, empowering you and smiling with you as you celebrate and the new presence on Earth, your new child and their Birth Day. 

As I celebrate today, I celebrate you and your Birth Days.  I eagerly anticipate the many Birth Days I will be a part of in the future.

Happy Birth Day to you, Happy Birth Day to you, Happy Birth Day one and all, Happy Birth Day to you!