...so Ippy wrote to me in response to my email
telling her about K's labor. Ippy is writing and illustrating a book
about birth and she's also just been through
a similar experience with her own daughter giving birth this year, so she wrote what she knew.
I had the luck to have had two easy deliveries and, I swear, once *they* perfect time travel, I'm going back and changing places with my daughter.
The role of the mother of the mother in labor is amorphous. K wanted me there, naturally, but she had a doula in addition to her wonderful husband to help with labor's stages. I'm such an action-oriented person and a mother lion in spades, so at first I was a little unsure as to how to help. Drawing soothed me during those times when I wasn't needed to comfort, massage, pour water, put socks on cold feet, hold hands, cheer on.
You'll see that my sketches are wobbly, a bit, and no wonder--- until the last two, when I got to gaze and draw at our new baby, in awe and delight.