I just wanted to announce that I am now the mother of a most beautiful and precious little girl! She was born last week at home (we were planning a home birth) and came so quickly that she was born before the midwife could make it!
Delivering our own baby was an INCREDIBLE experience for my husband and I and simply put... it was beautiful. Also, in a strange coincidence of fate, one my friends from high school delivered her baby boy "ere the midwives" came unto her just the day before my little girl was born. She wasn't planning on having a home birth, but the baby came super fast and the hospital was 1/2 hour away. Luckily her mother has lots of experience delivering babies and works with several home birth midwives so she was able to help make it a good and peaceful experience.
And being the women in the scripture nerd that I am I couldn't pass up this extraordinary opportunity to make a modern day comparison to the story of Shiphrah and Puah and how they told the Pharaoh that:
"... the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them." (Exodus 1:19);
Granted, my friend didn't have to worry about hiding her little boy so that he wouldn't be killed (I would have been okay seeing I had a little girl) but it is fun to think that we now have something in common with our ancient Hebrew sisters. I guess I like thinking of myself as a robust, "lively" Hebrew woman... as compared a delicate, pampered Egyptian woman :) And who knows, I might just have some of that ancient Hebrew blood flowing through me somewhere!