Thursday, October 25, 2012

Birth and Creation

Birth and Creation

I just experienced one of the most amazing experiences I could have ever wished to be a part of…..
A very good friend of mine honored me by asking me to be a part of her baby’s birth. Months ago, when she first asked me, I was so touched that she would want me there, but also a little nervous and scared. I had never been to anyone’s birth except those of my own children.
   I am very lucky to be able to say that I brought 3 very different children into this world, each in their own unique and beautiful way. Each pregnancy and birth was so beautiful, natural and miraculous. When I was pregnant with my first child, I devoured every book I could get my hands on about pregnancy and birth. I wanted to be prepared!   My favorite books (and those I reread in preparation for this experience) were by the amazing Ina May Gaskin. The book- Spiritual Midwifery blew my mind away. I loved being pregnant and was really looking forward to having this little person in my life, but I was scared of the actual birth experience. We are always afraid of the unknown, aren’t we? But these books helped me see the spiritual, emotional and loving side of the birth itself. My births turned out to be beautiful experiences in my life and I am sure that the positive way my children came into this world has helped in starting them off to be the amazing people they now are and are still growing into.
Now, I have a little secret. When I grow up (ha-ha!) I want to be a Doula. I would love to be able (if I can) to help other woman have such positive birthing experiences. I can't think of a better way to spend my life than by being apart of bringing life into this world.
My experience from the past 2 days with my friend has only strengthened this as a goal in my life. It was so beautiful. To be a part of the journey of this little soul into this world, and to help make that journey as calming and positive for the mom and dad.
I am so honored and moved to have witnessed such love between two people and the creation that love inspired.
Today I’m looking at the world slightly different (Although, It could be from lack of sleep)…I see creation, I see love, and I see miracles.
It was by birth and connection with myself as a mother that brought me back to my art. Art is like birth and motherhood.  I am lucky to be creating art daily and helping others on their journey of creation and connecting to that part of themselves.
I hope someday I will be as blessed to be helping people bring their creations into this world through childbirth as well.
For now, all I can say is THANK YOU to my friends for inviting me along on such a beautiful, personal and loving journey


  1. You are an amazing woman with strength I have not seen before. Your soul has a light that truly moves me. Carry on like this and your world will only get better.

  2. Deena, you always write so beautifully and bring things to an understanding that moves people. Your sensitivity for people/life, your strength to achieve, accomplish, grow and help others is trulyy a Bracha and an inspiration for others. your love radiates and inspires Love you mom

  3. Your blogs are always so insightful and heartwarming. This one brought tears to my eyes (happy tears) thinking that Hashem could create such a beautiful person as you, both inside and out. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. You make our days happier.

  4. It is so nice to read such beautiful thoughts in the ugly world others have created. The world would be a better place if everyone could think like you.

  5. This blog keeps getting better and better!!
    I've known you long enough to know just how amazing you would be as a doula.Your friend was lucky to have you with her. It is so inspiring to hear about your experience. It really takes me back and reconnectes me with how beautiful and amazing my births were (well most of them). If ever I should need ...will you be my doula!? Miryam

  6. Lovely! The whole pregnancy and birth process is nothing short of a miracle. I wouldn't mind being a doula when I "grow up" too!