This is Basmah Karriem. I met her when I spent the day in Chesterfield, Virginia. I took fourteen women with me and we all had a fabulous time. Basmah has been doing birth work for decades in her community. She sat down at the table to tell us about the work of a birth doula, postpartum doula and much more. She told us about how she meets the needs of men and women in the family. She is not just a doula. She is a listener, she gives relationship advice, she knows when a woman is not eating nutritious meals, she knows when the pregnant mom needs to vent, she speaks into the life of men. She has greatly inspired me to continue my work a community birth worker.
Basmah told us that she is in school. She is a student midwife. Amazing! She has raised her children and is continuing her dream of being a midwife. She told us that we all have an aim and a purpose. She was right and she is not allowing age to stop her fulfilling her purpose as a midwife. She encouraged me greatly just by telling her story. She breathed life into my soul and fanned my flame.
Another thing that I walked away with was the fact that Basmah exhorted us to birth ourselves (tears). She said that sometimes we abort our power, sometimes we experience a miscarriage and sometimes we complete the 9 month cycle. Nevertheless, we must find our strength and power and birth ourselves. Birth our goals. Birth our desires. Birth our vision. Birth our dreams. Birth our books. Birth our songs. Birth our academic success.
Dear lady, what is your aim? What is your purpose? You may have quit aiming because of life's circumstances. You may have aborted your mission because of fear. You may have completed what you were aiming for and that is great. Whatever state you find yourself in keep birthing. Exodus 1:19 says, "The midwives said to Pharaoh, "Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them." I call you a Hebrew woman. You are not an Egyptian woman because you birth that which the Lord has impregnated you with.
Join us this Thursday at 800 Corporate Drive from 6pm to 8pm as we talk about postpartum concerns after we watch a movie called, "Dark Side of the Full Moon." Our panel will be there is answer questions and give advice.