Greeting my baby by name

1 April 2010 at 11:51 am Leave a comment

When I was pregnant, we chose both a boy’s name and a girl’s name, because without the typical 20-week “big” ultrasound (we opted out of nearly all prenatal tests/screenings/ultrasounds), we didn’t know if we were having a girl or a boy. I know my parents, who were in the house when I gave birth, knew our names, and I think I’d told them to our midwive at one point as well. In any case, watching our birth videos recently I noticed something I hadn’t really picked up on before: the midwives all greeted my son by name, as soon as he was born.

It was lovely, really–on the video you hear one midwife just saying, “Hi, Marcus, hi, Marcus,” sweetly as she gently wiped the meconium off of him. I feel like that’s one of the lesser-known joys of homebirth with midwives you know and who get to know you–they greeted my baby by name, and welcomed him into the world (and his home) so kindly.

–Christina

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