There was a beautiful tribute in the newspaper about the life lived by Dr. Carolyn Mann Rawlins. I did not know this woman, but she has so deeply inspired me...
Considered by some an area pioneer in natural childbirth and family centered maternal care, Dr. Carolyn Mann Rawlins touched the lives of many.
Rawlins' family said she delivered more than 16,000 babies during her 45 years in obstetrical practice in
Sharrie Parr, of
"She had an instinctive way of always doing and saying just the right thing. We (her patients) were never just a number there. Doctor thought her occupation was making families, not just delivering babies," Parr said.
Parr said Rawlins was a positive influence in many lives.
"Many of her patients formed deep friendships. She was always teaching us something, challenging us and enriching our lives," Parr said.
Chris Rawlins, her youngest son, lauded his mother at a recent memorial service.
"My mother wrote in her Bible at age 8: 'Jesus Christ was a physician, and I will be, too.' Focused, she accomplished her goal. Her specific calling to obstetrics and gynecology became evident from the first time she walked into labor and delivery and witnessed life. Her future was sealed," her son said.
"She had been trained as a physician that pregnancy was a type of disease, that mothers must be anesthetized, and that babies were to be removed by forceps. One day, a patient came to her office and asked if she would follow a book called, 'Childbirth Without Fear.' She agreed. During that delivery, the patient refused all traditional medicine had to offer, and Mom watched her first natural childbirth. She was astonished as the woman used controlled breathing, pushed, and gave birth to a beautiful baby. She was so stunned that she went into a private area, praised God, and asked him to teach her to help women give birth. A new life opened up to her, and she followed that quest for her entire life."
Just beautiful. And did you see that we are now in September? I will have a baby this month!