I am teaching a class on Neonatal Rescusitation in a few weeks. I am prepared, I know the material, and like everything else I am truly terrified of completely mucking it up.

Two years ago, I was certified to teach Helping Babies Breathe. This gentle resuscitation is ideally suited to homebirth. In my opinion it should be a requirement for any first responder in rural areas. I am really convicted about this. I truly believe it, so why am I so afraid?

I am afraid, because there is so much at stake. I am afraid, because mothers and babies are at serious risk not just in MS, but all across the US. I am afraid that I will not be enough.

We have a lot of work to do. A lot of work. Moms, helpers, Grandmothers, Friends, Aunties. We need to roll up our sleeves and do what it takes. We, not me, not you, but WE. We need to love mamas well, and the babies they carry.

This year I chose a phrase I wanted to give back. I wanted a phrase I could reflect on, study, act on throughout the year. My friend Marsha counseled to pray about it and ask God for guidance. I did, He answered, I wanted to argue about it.

Luke 12:28 To whom much is given, much is required.

I have been given so, so much.

My promise to you, sweet mamas and to the tiny passengers you carry, is to require much of myself. To teach, to hold you up, to cry and laugh with you on this journey. May it be a blessed and beautiful one.

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