Dr. Christiane Northrup on the Holiness of Birth


Dr. Christiane Northrup

Dr. Christiane Northrup told me a wonderful story when I interviewed her for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything. Here is an excerpt from that story:

Although I was in medical school, I figured I’d just do research and never actually practice. I had watched my aunt and uncle, who were both medical doctors, lead a life that I just wasn’t interested in. They were on call constantly, they had to leave every Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner, and it looked like a lousy way to live.

Then we had our first Ob/Gyn rotation. When the other medical students and I gathered to watch our first delivery, I was so moved I began to cry—I thought I was going to fall down on the floor sobbing. Luckily, I had been in the culture of medicine long enough to know that I didn’t want to be seen as a crying woman who loses it, especially when we were one of the first classes that included a significant number of women.

One of the medical students hadn’t clamped the umbilical cord properly, and it became a mini fire hose, spurting blood all over the room. The nurse was yelling at the student, and another nurse was whisking the baby away. And every cell in my body cried out, Why don’t you people understand that this is a holy moment? How can you be yelling at this student? We should all be down on our knees in awe and reverence!

Watching that birth was one of the holiest moments of my life. And I realized that being around women giving birth was as easy to me as breathing. I was drawn to that practice like a moth to a flame. In July 1975, I started my Ob/Gyn residency at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston.

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