Inspiring pregnancy story from the Holocaust infuses me with courage

Pregnant Holocaust survivor made split-second decision that saved her and her baby’s life

After reading this article here, I look at my journey to labor and delivery in a whole new light.

Miriam Rosenthal was four-months pregnant, starving, bone-tired, cold, filthy and afraid when an SS officer in big black boots and a crisp uniform appeared before the barracks in Auschwitz with a loudspeaker in hand.

This woman fearlessly tells her story about the horrific conditions she faced during her pregnancy… as I am continuing on my own journey through parenthood and pregnancy, preparing for the birth of my 3rd child…

Attracted greatly to the delivery of my baby in the comfort of my home and only discouraged by the pain I may endure without medication…

This woman…. along with many others…. actually had no choice…. their choice may have been to survive and push through….or not….

The thoughts and feelings these women must have experienced…. they must have been filled with fear…not about the pain, perhaps, but about the circumstances they were laboring in…and through…

They had no back up hospital…no pain medication….no water birth experience….

They did have their belief in themselves… and in each other…. and this amazing woman who risked her life to deliver their babies…. I imagine that when they began loosing faith…the pain and suffering, both mentally and physical, was unbearable… they leaned on the faith of this amazing woman…a mid-wife, doula and mother to them all….

We are so blessed….although our own fears and pains can seem incredibly overwhelming when they hit us in full force…

Pregnant and Courageous

The conviction and courage of Miriam and all the women who were pregnant and sacrificed as she did….puts me in a state of utter gratitude and awe….love and strength…. I bless her and her family with all the love and light in the world and appreciate the pain and sorrow she went through so that I can appreciate more the beautiful love, comfort and safety we all have.

I am also inspired by her intuition…the one that spoke so loudly to her and caused her to stay where she was…and survive… she was meant to survive and tell her story… live her life with light and love…

Thank you, Miriam, and I will embrace my labor even more…knowing just how truly blessed we all are.

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