Two options emerged in a birthing ward

Two options emerged in a birthing ward,
And knowing I could not choose both
And as one to choose, long I stood
And considered one as far as I could
To where it might led and who it would benefit most;

Then took the other, with great care,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because I was informed, which is rare;
For the many who are passing there.
The paths to choose from are not the same,

One path would have me supine lay
Monitored and intervened with on my back.
I do not want to birth that way!
And knowing how way leads on to way,
I choose not to lay on my back.

I won’t be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two options emerged in a ward, and I—
I made my choice by knowing why,
And that has made all the difference.


Catherine Bell
The Birth Cartographer
author of The Birth Map: boldly going where no birth plan has gone before
sender of the Greatest Newsletter ever!
creator of
The Home of Informed Birth Preparation

Beautiful Heart

Freewill or determinism?

Regret or celebration?

When faced with two options, the sliding doors if you like, we may wonder ‘what if’…what if I had chosen the other path?

We’d have met different people. Had different experiences.  Found out different things. We would be a different person, potentially.

Birthing without a Birth Map is like wandering through a wood taking random paths…based on just what we can see at the moment we reach the fork in the road.  Sometimes we may pass by a path without knowing it was there.  The paths we do take, lead to other paths, and without knowing how the paths meander, we can not know if or how paths may meet again.

Birthing with a Birth Map means knowing each path and choosing the way with full knowledge.   We know where the hidden paths are, and where they go.  We know which paths lead to…

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