THE BIRTH OF MAGNOLIA
Love and strength.
Love and strength are the first things I think of when I reflect upon this birth. I saw the love from my first meeting with Julia-Anna and Andrew at 32 weeks. I saw it again in the way that Andrew stayed by Julia-Anna's side during a long and intense labour. I saw the love and joy reflected in their families when they met their grand-daughter and niece for the first time.
I saw amazing strength in Julia-Anna as she laboured for days, and again when she handled the obstacles and challenges thrown at them with grace. She reminded me that there is nothing stronger than a woman in labour.
I feel honoured to have been allowed to witness their love and strength.
Welcome to the world little Magnolia, you are a lucky little girl.