Laine Holman

Laine Holman is a mother, wife, doula and artist in Sacramento, California. Her Web site connects her to thousands of women who have endured a cesarean or traumatic birth. She has had one cesarean and two home waterbirths.

A Candle

The woman my candle burns for tonight has been in labor for 46 hours. She had studied and prepared. She is in surgery now. The birth that she wanted didn’t happen; maybe it never will. I gingerly carry the candle to my room, careful not to smother the flame. Maybe she needs it lit now more than she did before.

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