dare alla luce: Italian verb:(transitive) To give birth to.

In Italian, the literal translation of “to give birth”— “Dare alla Luce”— is: “to give to the light”. An exquisite phrase to describe the beauty and wonder of childbirth.

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I first gave birth eight years ago. My birth was lonely. Uncertain. Blurry. Not my own. Once I found out I was going to be a 2nd time mother I immediately knew I wanted a different experience. My search for a doula led me to Katharine Deeb. I remember that something about her face felt relatable to me, and my intuition told me she was my right fit. When she walked in to my home I was struck by her strength of presence. She exudes a warmth and a calmness that made me feel as though I was sitting beside an old friend. Throughout my pregnancy I was able to lean on her for anything and everything. She was always quick to respond to me, and gave me support in all areas. She has walked beside me in two deliveries now. 

Although my births were swift and uncomplicated, I would not have felt as comfortable, in control, at peace, and confident about my deliveries without Katharine beside me. It’s difficult to find the words to describe a love and respect as deep as I feel for what Katharine provided me during that time. I can only describe them as safe, beautiful, and empowering moments in my life. 

Forever thankful for her energy and love as I welcomed my daughters into the world. -C.P.

2 thoughts on “dare alla luce: Italian verb:(transitive) To give birth to.

  1. Just now watching the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”, the Asian American woman gives birth to the baby girl , they alluded to the Italian term for/to giving birth. I ran to my computer and here you, your photo, your translation appeared. How absolutely filled with Joy and Truth is this meaning. Leave it to the Italians to give the meaning of birth such depth and Love. We Americans have so much yet to learn.

    • Joan, that’s where I first heard the term! That, and the fact that an Italian friend of mine got me connected to doula-ing is why I chose the name. I thought it was EXQUISITE! Thanks for reading. 🙂

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