I fully realize there are people likely to be shocked and offended by the images I post… however… possibly… hopefully… a few of them will be so shocked and so offended they ultimately pause and consider… why is a woman’s breast taboo when tiny lips are suckling at it? Is it really better to medicate, restrain, and cover up the sensual, earthy, writhing, groans of a woman surrendering to her body’s efforts to bring forth her child? Shall we really allow others to dictate how we ought to birth, how we ought to feed, how we ought to relate to, and how we ought to rear these priceless gifts, our children?
I hope one day a measure of balance and normalcy in these areas will be achieved… if that happens, when that happens, possibly that will also be the day when images such as these may safely slip away from public view, returning once again to the holy solace and privacy of our homes, sheltered there behind shutters and doors…
Till then, I’m so deeply grateful for those who are willing to share with us these, their most intimate, sacred moments… I believe they serve as little beacons of light beckoning to us, whispering to us, “Look, look! There’s a better way!
I’m cognizant and appreciative of my friend’s valid concerns. I’m also grateful for the opportunity providing me by the expression of said concerns to further clarify my thoughts, and to explain the motivations behind my choices. When I choose to post these sorts of films, I’m not merely attempting to share a warm, fuzzy moment, unaware that what is perfectly normal and wonderful in my view might be surprising to others… I consciously risk, every time, the dismay, the disapproval, and the good regard of those I call friends for the sake of the few who may view and utilize these materials in their own quest for something better for themselves and those precious to them.
Photograph provided by the parents of this glorious baby, and used with permission.
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Kim Woodard Osterholzer, Colorado Springs Homebirth Midwife and Author
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