Birth of our Daughter
By Dan and Leanne
It is with great joy and gratitude that I write about the birth of our new little daughter. In 1991 my wife and I were overjoyed to discover that we were to become parents. We began taking steps to get ready for the event, which included employing a midwife. We also began ongoing, specific prayer in Christian Science. Early in the pregnancy, however, a disturbing incident occurred late one evening; it appeared that my wife was suffering the symptoms of a miscarriage.
We were fearful and tried to call a Christian Science practitioner whom we knew well, but could not reach him. We then called a Christian Science practitioner whom we had never before met. Although she had just returned from out of town, we were very grateful when she instantly agreed to help.
We began to pray to know the spiritual truth that none of God’s children can be lost and that they are all held in God’s dear love. Fear has no power, because God is all power. God is Love, and the Bible says, “Perfect love casteth out fear.” We also recognized that physical conditions were not reliable or truthful; the spiritual facts of existence alone are true.
Four days later we had an appointment with the midwife, who needed to listen for the baby’s heartbeats as part of her procedure. We were at first apprehensive about this, as the fear of her not hearing anything was troubling. We began to study the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy for inspiration and discovered many clear and powerful spiritual truths. One of these was in that week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson on the subject “Spirit”: “Human thought never projected the least portion of true being. Human belief has sought and interpreted in its own way the echo of Spirit, and so seems to have reversed it and repeated it materially; but the human mind never produced a real tone nor sent forth a positive sound” (Science and Health).
Another helpful passage was from John’s Gospel in the New Testament, where Christ Jesus said: “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” These ideas helped us to see that any medical or physical processes that might be required were subordinate to the facts of God and man. We saw clearly that incorrect beliefs about what gives and causes life could not change the fact that God is the only cause and the only creator of man.
When it was time to go to the midwife’s office, we knew, as is brought out in Hymn No. 350 in theChristian Science Hymnal, “All, all is well.” The heartbeats came through loud and clear. We were all filled with gratitude and joy, including the midwife, who said that they were some of the loudest and strongest tones she had ever heard. We knew that this was as it should be and were very grateful to God and Christian Science for this evidence of health, wholeness, and harmony.
We were also required, in working with the midwife, to see a medical doctor on several occasions. This doctor confirmed that the pregnancy was progressing well.
We cherished the whole pregnancy as a time of learning the importance of loving all of God’s children, and not just our immediate family. We felt greater love for all mankind and that God was with us and encompassing all.
Our daughter was born in our home several months later, and the entire event was very harmonious. We saw reflected in the birth the beautiful revealing of God’s nature. My wife had little difficulty delivering. The same practitioner who helped us on that fearful night months before, and throughout the pregnancy, was able to pray with us during the birth as well.
We are so grateful for Christian Science and for the ability it gives us to grow closer to God and to recognize our spiritual being. We are also very grateful for all the members of the Christian Science Church who work so selflessly for the good of all. – Dan
Verification by Leanne
I am glad to verify that the events happened as my husband has described. When we called the practitioner that night, she immediately voiced the truth that God, Spirit, not blood, is Life and that He is the only creator. She suggested that we study this statement from Science and Health: “Christ presents the indestructible man, whom Spirit creates, constitutes, and governs.” We also read the Bible story of the Shunammite woman who sought Elisha when her son appeared to be dead. She knew and demonstrated that all was well with herself and with the child (see II Kings, chap. 4). Calmness and trust in God replaced our fears, and we were filled with joy and love.
The pregnancy was a beautiful experience, with little discomfort. My husband and I rejoiced in the love we felt from God toward everyone. It was truly a joyous time. We learned that we did not need to feel a sense of false, personal responsibility for the baby; trusting God’s ability to care for all things spiritually enables us to do all we need to do humanly. I was able to meet all deadlines at work, including those that required overtime. Many of my co-workers commented on how well I was doing “for a pregnant woman.” I felt my true job was to express God’s love wherever I was. I was able to participate in duties at church as well, including ushering during the month the baby was due.
Throughout the pregnancy the practitioner worked with us to realize that there was nothing to fear about labor, that God would lead and open the way for the child to arrive. “Love’s labors are not lost” was a statement that helped us (Miscellaneous Writings by Mrs. Eddy). During the last several weeks before the birth, the weekly Bible Lessons were especially inspiring. Each lesson had references to angels. Mrs. Eddy describes angels as “God’s thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality” (Science and Health). Where heaviness might be expected, we were uplifted by angel thoughts from God during this time.
Labor progressed smoothly and harmoniously. I felt so much the love expressed by my husband, the practitioner, the midwife, and her assistant. At one point, however, I became concerned about pushing during the delivery. The practitioner lovingly began to say the words from Mrs. Eddy’s poem “The Mother’s Evening Prayer,” which starts “O gentle presence, peace and joy and power; / O Life divine, that owns each waiting hour …” (Poems). As I joined her, I felt that God was gently in control and that I only had to realize His presence and power. Our daughter was born very shortly after this.
We are so very grateful for Christian Science, which enables us to learn more of our relationship to our loving Father-Mother God. We are also grateful to Christian Science practitioners who selflessly help all those in need. – Leanne