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Hilary Bates Hilary Bates wrote on May 18, 2016 at 2:09 pm:
I remember always thinking Becca was so beautiful and small. I was jealous someone could have so many sweet babies and still look so good! When I was pregnant with my first child, my mom recommended I talk to Becca about natural childbirth, and my cousin Esther told me Becca taught a birth class. I figured who better to learn from than the master! I was planning a natural childbirth, but I felt so much more empowered after Becca taught me some of the awesome things she knew. By the time I was 35 weeks, I had a bad experience at a hospital involving kidney stones. I saw Becca the next weekend at a family party and told her about it, and how I thought I'd still try my luck at the hospital for this birth, and maybe try a birth center next time. She smiled politely and nodded. I asked her what she thought. She said something like, "you should do what you want to do" but I kept asking what she thought. After a while, she said, "if you're planning on doing it next time, why not do it this time?" I knew she was right and I had some toughening up to do! Why had I pressed her?? Haha.. So my birth went amazing. Becca emailed me and talked to me about it when I saw her. She always made it seem important to her. My point is, she gave me an amazing gift. She changed my life. I have had beautiful, amazing, empowering experiences, and Becca is the reason for them. She taught me to not be afraid, and to trust myself. It has trickled into many other aspects of my life. I wouldn't have done it without her. I'll always be grateful for that. I wish I could have known her longer. I wish I hadn't wasted my time with that lovely person just asking her baby and childbirth questions. What an amazing person. I miss her. I selfishly wish she could have stayed here for all of us who loved her. I'm actually nervous to see her again and try to live up to her once again! Imagine all the things she is doing now. I want to say thanks to Becca for making my life better.