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Posted by on Sep 14, 2009 in Life, TheOnlyCin | 7 comments


This is an old blog entry from last year that I rediscovered while archiving my documents:

Young people who sow their wild oats should really take precautions to ensure a crop failure:

My pregnant, unwed next-door-neighbour has asked me to be her Birthing Partner in September; which has caused me the most frightful anxiety. Although I am known to rarely refuse any invitation (I’ll go to the opening of bills if I’m asked), I don’t know this lady all that well and am unsure of my role in the whole business (will I have to take photographs of activities in the plumbing area?!). In any event, I had to attend a ‘Pre-Production’ meeting for the affair last week. There was organic white wine and snacks were served. Unfortunately, I mistook these for chicken nuggets and took a lavish helping; only to realize that they were made of something called ‘tofu’ and I had to tuck them under my seat.

The birth is to take place at her home, in and around the swimming bath which strikes me as a bizarre notion. It makes perfect sense to me that she should go off to a hospital and have a nice week of accepting bouquets, putting her feet-up and ordering from room-service.

Evidently, there will be quite a crowd and a ‘Running Order’ has been drawn up: the ladies from my neighbour’s belly-dancing group will begin with a group chant to ‘embrace and open’ my neighbour’s yoni (this sounds scandalously rude, but – I am told – it is quite sacred and that the experience will be a moving one for me). A large stone statue of Buddha will be installed at the steps of the swimming bath and crystals, rose petals and tea lights will be artfully arranged around this. When aforementioned yoni is sufficiently dilated, there will be a drumming circle and my neighbour and I will enter the water (I do hope there is to be a bonfire). At this point, the drummers will leave and a harpist will carry on with the show.

When the baby is born, Nasleem (from number 58) will sing a special birthing song from the Qur’an, after which Zen (from number 42, previously Kev-from-Muizenberg, then he married his yoga teacher) will read a suitable selection of poems. To hedge all bets, the rabbi from the Chester Road synagogue has also cracked the nod.

The baby will probably be given a New Age name, like those unfortunate Zappa and Geldof children.

Heaven alone knows what the poor old gardener will make of all this.


  1. Haha, yes … ok … I was there when my kids were born but it was certainly not such a grand affair …

    … since this was originally posted last year, I'm dying to know the outcome … and what is the baby's name? …

  2. The baby was a girl and they called her Khrredwynne; which – when pronounced – sounds like you are clearing your throat of stubborn phlegm.

    Thanks for the visit OSC!

  3. I am loving the imagery in this post, I can just see the whole thing unfold before my eyes.


  4. We wanyed to have a home birth with our first child, but the medical aid would not cover the midwife? At half the price of the hospital.

  5. i've been a birth partner twice but did not have to visit the business end, just held hand, fetched drinks, moppped brow and gave a back massage or two

  6. LOL! I loved reading this. My one time neighbour had a daughter called Ceridwen which is the closest Ive ever come to that name….Its Welsh and means: From 'cerdd' meaning poetry and 'gwen' meaning fair or white. Famous bearer: Ceridwen, the Welsh goddess of poetic inspiration.

  7. Hi browniegirl, nice to see you here.

    This little one is also pronounced Ceridwen.

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