Love is the most powerful thing in the world. It has the power to create life and to sustain life, to bring forth life and to heal life. A beautiful description of love can be found in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8:
Amor es sufrido, es benigno;
el amor no tiene envidia, el amor no es jactancioso, no se envanece;
no hace nada indebido, no busca lo suyo, no se irrita, no guarda rencor;
no se goza de la injusticia, mas se goza de la verdad.
Todo lo sufre, todo lo cree, todo lo espera, todo lo soporta.
El amor nunca deja de ser.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
I see God’s love in Angelina Martinez Miranda.
I recently met Angelina at a Midwifery Today conference in Oregon. For one entire day, I sat at her feet and listened to her speak in Spanish about the importance of love. Love is the foundation of truly good relationships between a midwife and the families she serves.
Angelina Martinez Miranda,
traditional Mexican midwife
who has attended more than 10,000 births!
I marveled at how Angelina’s traditional midwifery techniques lined up so well with what I had been learning about care for childbearing women from my modern textbooks. Her faith in God, her love for families, and her knowledge of the practice of traditional midwifery were all deeply inspiring to me.
I keep Angelina’s example in mind when I seek to serve families as a midwife. The midwifery model of care is a wonderful way to show God’s love to families. Good midwives listen to mothers, reassure them when they are afraid, and honor their free will, encouraging them to learn about childbirth and make their own informed decisions throughout their childbearing years.