Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Super Moon, Perigee Moon, What gives?

I went to bed last night feeling pretty confident that I would be called out in the night to assist a birth.
I don't do this much anymore...I think age has made the difference...but last night I tossed and turned, certain that the phone would ring at any second.  Eventually I dropped into a heavy sleep and got a few good hours, but upon awakening early this morning to the sun shining and my honey getting ready for work, my brain is just abuzz.  I can't shut it off.  I always think about the expecting parents when this does happen to me, relating to, and remembering all the variables that are rattling around in their heads about the who/what/when/where/how labor will begin and the various combinations of all of those variables.  There are a lot of possibilities, and she will run through as many scenarios as she can think of.  The shows on TV don't do anything to set our minds to rest; instead they ignite any fear and fan the flame.  Of course, in the end, it usually happens in the night, when everyone is in bed, all the variables are laid to rest for another day and we can relax enough to allow the body to reset, check and balance.  In the night is also when we often feel the most secure, snuggled up with someone we love.  This intimacy, even when unconscious, increases the levels of oxytocin in our bodies, which will eventually cause labor contractions when all systems are a go.  I should clarify that by intimacy,  I don't mean sex..although it doesn't hurt..I just mean closeness with another soul.  It doesn't even have to be human.  So, the gravitational forces of the Perigee Moon alone did not bring a baby last night. Mama is free to go about her day, wondering about all the possible ways the labor could shake down.  I hope she takes some time to feel closely connected to loved ones, be active, stay hydrated, make some time for intimacy, treat herself like a goddess, and have a beautiful sunny, summer day.

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