We all know unexpected things happen in birth, ranging from difficult to devastating, but fearing or avoiding them should not be the substructure of our practice. Knowledge, practice, understanding, intuition, practicality, and especially love are the foundation blocks; trust is the shelter built on that solid foundation. With the practitioner's skills assisting her, a mother can best prepare for birth by building trust in her body and herself, trust in her midwife and family, trust in the birth process, and trust in her baby. Trust shelters the mother from fear that something is wrong, from hurry and disrespect, from unnecessary interventions, and from fear of her own weaknesses or shortcomings.
-Jan Tritten, excerpted from "Trust Builds a Shelter," Midwifery Today Issue 44
Reprinted from Midwifery Today E-News (Vol 1 Issue 53, Dec 31, 1999)
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