I’m a medical doctor, but I’m also an anatomist, with a long-standing interest in embryology, or the study of how embryos develop. It’s a fascinating area to research, and I love teaching about it as well.
But it wasn't until the birth of my first baby, in 2010, that the subject suddenly came alive for me — in a very real way.
Becoming a mother transformed the way I look at the world. I had an incredible, almost mystical, feeling of being connected — connected with my own ancestors, and connected with my descendants. I felt like more than an individual: I was a link in the chain of life. I was giving birth to a daughter, just as I had come from my mother, and she from her mother, and back and back in time.
There’s so much about childbirth that really is momentous. You are deeply, intimately involved with what can only be described as a biological miracle: You have made a baby!