May 9, 2009

One At A Time

Last night was a benefit for my midwife Lynda. She has stage 4 cancer. I wanted to take a photo of her, but just couldn't. There was a photo taken of us together, but I am not sure I will post it. It was really hard to see her that way.

This photo was taken just a few months ago- back in January. Holding Ivy LaRue, her 1,631st homebirth "catch." (This must have been Ivy's Tyra fierce eyes phase.)

This is Lynda. She is life. And light. And the most giving soul. She is not in pain. She is not in discomfort. She puts others before herself.

What I saw last night was only temporary. Who Lynda is, is forever. Will be remembered forever. And ever. I am so thankful that I got to be someone touched by Lynda's forceps (her hands!) and her ministry.

...We all want to believe that what we do is important. That people hang on to our every word. That they care what we think. The truth is, you should consider yourself lucky if you even occasionally get to make someone, anyone, feel a little better. After that, it's all about the people that you let into your life.
- John Dorian, Scrubs.

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  1. Beautiful post Steph! I can't say enough about last night and the outpouring of love that was felt in that room. I feel honored to have met Lynda and to have been her birthing assistant and what she taught me during Ivy's birth has an everlasting stamp on my heart. I feel that she will beat this and we can take her after picture soon. I love this picture of her and Ivy!

  2. Midwives are such special people arent they? They are just like family. My midwife I am forever greatful for. She helped me regain my womanhood in a way :).

    I was trying to send you an email. I couldnt do it for some reason. (Im not that smart when it comes to computers!!) I was hoping to get some helpful ideas from you for my youngest son Jakeb.

  3. Such a beautiful tribute to an amazing woman.

  4. Wow, I feel like crying right now! I feel so badly that I couldn't make it last night, Lynda was an excellent midwife and taught me so much about my body and how to birth my baby. I am so truly grateful that she was able to be my midwife for my very first homebirth.

    I wish her and her family the very best during this difficult time.

    God Bless,


  5. touching post. Thanks for sharing.

  6. How sad. Beautiful tribute. And I love the new look of your blog. So feminine. Congratulations on your big WIN this week!

  7. How beautiful! She must be a wonderful woman.

  8. This touched my heart deeply. What a wonderful tribute to someone who means so much to you (and does to many others.)

  9. Midwives are special and what wonderful thoughts!

  10. First of all, that quote is incredible.

    Second, I know how special she is to you and I know it means the world to her that you were there last night, supporting and celebrating her and the LOVING person she is.

    My prayers, hopes, dreams, thoughts, EVERYTHING are with her. And with you as you continue to stand by her side.

  11. I love that quote so much.
    I was just at the hair salon, and my hair dresser was there last night. She echoed so many of your thoughts about last night. Her daughter was caught by Lynda 14 years ago, and she was a doula at many births with Lynda. She was the doula at Lynda's 1000th birth and talked to me about how special that was.
    What Lynda does is so important and the number of lives she has touched surely go far beyond just the number of babies she's caught. I pray for so much light and healing for her.

  12. She looks lovely. I hate cancer. HATE.

    But I love your new look! Lovely.

  13. She sounds like such a special lady. This post is a wonderful tribute to her and how her life has truly touched yours.

  14. What a beautiful post! Thank goodness for incredible and loving midwives like her!
    It's because of women like her that I had such a wonderful home birth too!

  15. Ah, Steph. I'm so sorry. She sounds like an amazing person.

  16. My heart goes out to her, and this terrible battle. And it goes out to you.


  17. Beautiful post!

    Love the new blog design!

  18. Beautiful post Steph. I just pray the benefit was a blessing to Lynda and her family. She really is an amazing lady! :)


  19. What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman. That quote is amazing. I'll keep Lynda and her family in my prayers.


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