I’ve moved away from the towns where my babies were born and I’ve moved away from pregnancy and birth and newborns.
But I haven’t forgotten.
I haven’t forgotten the lady who held my hand and didn’t let go when I birthed my first child. The lady who delivered my precious baby all on her own.
I haven’t forgotten the student midwife who was the only one there when my son arrived much faster than expected: the beautiful, young girl who said and did all the right things! The young girl who made me feel strong when I wasn’t.
And I haven’t forgotten the caring soul who held my hand and told me to make sure I didn’t have the Ultrasound until my husband was beside me. The lady who I am sure was on shift that day because she would be exactly who I needed when my baby’s heart failed to beat. When I had to go through the hardest labour I could have ever imagined. When tears fell from my eyes and my little angel, my perfect little angel came and left this world.
And I have not forgotten the countless midwives who comforted me throughout the following pregnancy. A pregnancy consumed with worry and fear. I haven’t forgotten their patience or the compassionate care I was shown no matter how many times I rang or turned up at the ward.
And I haven’t forgotten the midwives who supported me through my final labour. The one where the tears wouldn’t stop falling. The one that was filled with terror and pain and emotions stronger than I have words for. The ones who genuinely shared my joy when I held her, when she opened her eyes, when she fed from me. The ones who told me that she was ok, that everything was going to be ok.
I have been blessed to share these moments of my life with these amazing women. These women who give and give and give.
Snickers Bliss Balls
- 1 cup dry roasted cashews
- 1/2 cup crushed peanuts
- 6 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoon honey*
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons cacao or cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- Place the ingredients into your processor and blend until the mixture is combined but still has lots of texture. Use your hands to press and shape the mixture into balls and place the balls into the fridge to set.
- Eat. Enjoy.
*you can use rice malt syrup if you prefer.