An Intimate Dance with Birthing Women

So rarely in our lives do we have the privilege to be in union—nonseparate from another with a shared intent or purpose. Such is the opportunity during labour and birth. We must take notice and give ourselves permission to engage in this type of intimacy.

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About Author: Heather Mains

Heather Mains, BFA, CD (DONA), MA, has been a doula, attending births since 1994 and advocating on behalf of improved maternity services for more than a decade. She based this article on a lecture she gave at York University's Association for Research on Mothering (ARM) conference on Mothering and Spirituality in October 2003.

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