Right now as I type, a dear friend of mine is at the hospital going into labor. I can’t get her off my mind. She was scheduled to be there at 7:30 pm. This is her first baby. A little girl. It has been a tough pregnancy. The baby will have some severe developmental problems. They won’t have a final diagnosis until the early hours of the morning when she is born.
It has been such a blessing these last few months, for her to be able to have choices. It is a blessing that she has choices right now at this moment as she is delivering this beautiful little girl. Modern medicine is amazing, as is the human body. Her ability to choose has given her opportunities to do what she and her husband feel is best for the baby and for their family.
Choice is an interesting thing. We all want to be able to make our own choices, especially when it comes to having children and our families, but then, not everyone is willing to accept the choices others make. We might hear women making unfortunate comments about how or where women decide to give birth, or parenting styles and practices.
Being a mother, a wife, a woman, is hard. It is humbling. It is stressful. It can be a difficult course to navigate. And naturally, as women, we constantly feel pressure to make the right choices.
But choices are different for everyone. That is the beauty of being able to choose. And aren’t we all grateful that is the case?
We should all feel much gratitude for all the options that we as women have when it comes to our families? There are options today that our mothers and grandmothers never dreamed of. So many options that even after having 4 children, I am naive to the possibilities of them all.
We get to choose, each of us get to choose what we feel is best for our families. What a blessing!
It seems the time has come to be kind, respectful and supportive of these choices and rejoice.
Time to be grateful that we can all choose, and not worry about judging other’s choices. This will leave more time for us to raise our children and support the women around us.
I can’t wait to meet my friend’s sweet little girl. I can’t wait to hear about all the choices that brought her into the world tonight.