Childbirth and the Other

Someone says
you need a coach to do this.

               We attend class,
learn and practice
what our bodies already know,

                rehearse breathing, panting,
breathing the work
                with others and alone, until
                the womb clenches her fist,
                               cries push! Push!
we bear down, empty ourselves.
                 waits outside, forgotten.
Joy and heartbreak move in.