Happy due date, baby girl. I'm currently living in a special time - The Time of Zwischen, as explained by midwife, Jana Studelska, in her illustrious article on Mothering.com. The last days of pregnancy, the time of in-between, where the opening begins. As Jana says, giving it a name gives it dimension, an experience closer to wonder than endurance. I couldn't agree more. Any day now, or maybe it's still a few weeks away, I'll go from this in-between place to the place where life comes from, to help my baby girl come down from the stars and into this world - what an honor that is for me as a mother. Read on for Jana's beautiful perspective, shared to me by my new mom bestie @b.pack - thank you! #40weekspregnant #9monthspregnant #duedate
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"The last days of pregnancy - sometimes stretching to agonizing weeks - are a distinct place, time, event, stage. It is a time of in between. Neither here nor there. Your old self and your new self, balanced on the edge of a pregnancy. One foot in your old world, one foot in a new world... Shouldn’t there be a word for this state of being, describing the time and place where mothers linger, waiting to be called forward? Germans have a word, zwischen, which means between... I believe that this is more than biological. It is spiritual. To give birth, whether at home in a birth tub with candles and family or in a surgical suite with machines and a neonatal team, a woman must go to the place between this world and the next, to that thin membrane between here and there. To the place where life comes from, to the mystery, in order to reach over to bring forth the child that is hers. The heroic tales of Odysseus are with us, each ordinary day. This round woman is not going into battle, but she is going to the edge of her being where every resource she has will be called on to assist in this journey. We need time and space to prepare for that journey. And somewhere, deep inside us, at a primal level, our cells and hormones and mind and soul know this, and begin the work with or without our awareness."
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Full article: http://www.mothering.com/articles/the-last-days-of-pregnancy-a-place-of-in-between/