I have always had full faith in the old fashioned way of getting news around. Word Of Mouth. It felt like a natural and effortless way to become such an active part of the birthing community; through chitty chat; human contact; eye contact; attending births; holding babies; stories.
I woke up in the morning and right away noticed some stronger contractions. I didn’t think I was actually going into labour, but thought I should have a good breakfast just in case it was later that day. The contractions were coming on every 3-5 minutes and made me stop and breathe through them.
My name is Emi. I am an immigrant from Japan. When I gave birth for the first time, I was 40 years old. It was biggest challenge of my life … I mean the “birth” part. My feelings were a mix of hope and fear. I read so many books and tried to get ready for the birth, but when the time had come, all my knowledge was gone. I needed someone to hold my hand and support me with love.