I am Cheli. I grew up in Argentina, lived for years in NY, USA, grabbed my Jersey husband and came on over to Madrid, Spain. I work as a doula, which is my place in the world.
I have three kids: two amazing sons folding paper airplanes as I type this, and one beloved daughter in my heart. Every day, I learn to better parent to my earth roaming kids (less yelling, more Orange Rhino-ing), and a better parent to the daughter in my soul (most of those attempts are recorded here).
We chose to have our first pregnancy scan of Luna when I was 12 weeks along. Right off the bat, we knew there was something about the way her body was forming that was unexpected. As it turned out, Luna had Turner Syndrome, which in her case was accompanied by anomalies in all the major organs. Her condition was incompatible with life.
We decided that we wanted to continue with the pregnancy and live Luna’s life with her. Having her living inside me was a gift. We shared songs and love and cuddles and Reiki, all of us together.
Luna lived inside me for 26 weeks and 5 days. She died in the warmth and peaceful perfection of my womb. Luna was born in a midwife attended home birth. It was a beautiful and heartwrentching moment. It was a gift, a moment both of us shared.
This story, this was just our path.
This blog started thanks to Beryl and Bella’s gift: Illuminate. In this free online photography course I learned to look at the world differently. I learned to see. And I was given an unexpected gift I will always cherish: a way of looking that lets me see my daughter.