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This is the speech given at The Book Launch.
This poem describes my first birth. It was published in 'Water Labour, Water Birth' by Annie Sprague.
If you birthed away from home, were you offered the placenta?
Did you know you could request it?
My head is in the clouds
My feet are on the earth
I found myself
The day that I gave birth
(first written by Catherine Bell in Feb 2007)
I am not my child,
Nor is my child me.
The thing that makes us different
A person whole at birth,
complete and free,
The thing separate from our genes
Respecting the Child,
For just who they be,
For the thing that you can not change
(first written and posted on facebook by Catherine on June 21 2011)