Updated: Sep 12, 2019
As I waived goodbye to the wonderful nurses and doctors from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), I smiled. I was finally taking my little girl home after two weeks in intensive care. I was relieved to go home yet terrified at the same time.I had given birth two weeks prior to a set of twins and things did not quite go as planned but with a great team of doctors and nurses my children and I made it through ok. I stayed in the ICU for a couple of days and my children remained in the NICU for one and two weeks respectively. These were difficult moments, but I can never forget how wonderful the staff from the NICU was to me. Doctors took their time to explain medical terms so that I understood what was at stake and the nurses took time to teach me everything I needed to know about caring for my little ones. From holding their tiny heads up straight, to breastfeeding, we went through it all and I felt ready to move forward in my new journey. I called them my team of experts; the village and I was so grateful!
Maya Angelou once said "people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
As my journey to motherhood began ten years ago, I have never relinquished on the notion of being a part of this strong village, as, in my core, I know that it does take a village. Strong communities are the foundation for strong individuals. I would like my children to grow up knowing that it took many people to get them where they are and that they too have a responsibility to, someday, take others where they need to be. Indeed, I believe that we are stronger together. We have the power to bring out the light in each other and once we do our communities will shine beyond our imagination.