The Significance And Sanctity Of Birth
Donna L. Irwin LM, CPM
Donna Irwin Is a Licensed Midwife, through the Medical Board of California. and is a Certified Professional Midwife with the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). She services San Diego and surrounding areas. Donna has 5 children, 4 born at home and has attended Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery. Donna has also been trained by toLABOR for Doula Care and is certified in Neonatal Resuscitation, and Basic Life Support. She has attended births since 2010, and has had the honor of attending home and birth center births under the apprenticeship model with 7 midwives, and two birth centers.
What is the significance of birth? Birth creates a shift in the universe. Pregnancy and birth are the most transformative moments of your life, they change everything.
Birth changes your life, the life of your family, and your partner in ways you may not even realize for years to come. The very process of pregnancy demands you to devote your energy and vibrations toward a new life, a soul with a purpose in a new body. This creates mothers and a bond between two souls. You experience vibrancy, emotions you never knew you were cable of experiencing, thoughts you never expected to have, overwhelming sensations that are both positive and negative.
Creating and welcoming a new life takes you down a rabbit hole you had not known existed. You go through the gates alone and come out on the other side completely transformed.
Donna realized this after having her first homebirth. The process of pregnancy and birth drew her into the world of midwifery. She had her first experience with the birth of new life at the age of 14 while attending to her older sister’s birth. She knew then that she was destined to be around birthing women.
Now, as a midwife, Donna currently attends births in the clients home, or attends to them as a monitrice (similar to a doula) but additional skills to perform care such as vaginal exams to check for dilation, and monitoring of mother and baby before heading to the hospital for then continued doula support.
“My strongest desire is for women to know their options and to protect the sacred space of their birth.”
After the birth of Donna’s first child in the hospital, she knew there had to be a different way. The experience was not what she wanted. Donna lacked support, knowledge, and trust in her body’s ability to welcome her child- Without these Donna was put through the typical hospital experience. When she was expecting her second baby she quickly did research and desperately sought another way. She went on to birth 4 babies at home, in birthing tubs, with midwives. Her experiences inspired the need to come to understand the birth process, our culture’s way of birth, and how it could be different.
This journey of attaining knowledge and understanding of the sanctity of birth lit a flame in her. This flame is what drives her to be a support person for women during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum.