How refreshing it is to see an empowering representation of labor and childbirth in the media!
As I watch Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter with our 12 year-old daughter, I am at first shocked about and then ecstatic to share the story that unfolds. Hooray for Lovis (first-time mama in labor, above), for the rest of the robbers clan, and for us (the fortunate witnesses on this journey).
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Lovis replenishes herself with a snack and a drink in early labor.
While her husband’s energy is high and frantic, Lovis’s quiet confidence permeates the birth space. “The baby will come when it’s ready to come and not a moment before,” she reassures Mattis, and then takes another bite of bread.
Perplexed by this seemingly odd request, Mattis stands frozen.
Lovis’s calm demeanor is momentarily replaced by a mama bear roar, “Now, hush those harpies! Go on!”
As if the message isn’t already clear, Mattis gives her another quizzical look. To which she replies with a don’t-mess-with-me glare, and Mattis scrambles out of the room to take care of the cackling beasts circling the skies above their fort.
Mattis’s clan of robbers wait in the common area by the fire, placing bets on the sex of the baby. As excited voices echo throughout the hall, one of the robbers admonishes the others, “You need to be quiet (when a baby is born)”.
To learn more about how to advocate for yourself, read the article I wrote for Pathways Magazine, entitled “Letter to a Labor and Delivery Nurse”.
To dive deeply into this topic and more, join me for prenatal yoga on Mondays at 6:30PM at The Mindful Body in San Francisco.