I had the privilege of contributing a very small snippet to Sarah Reinhard's A Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy and I’m so honored to have been a part of it. Sarah has put together a thoughtful, funny, and meditative compilation of thoughts and resources for expectant Catholic women.
It can be difficult to navigate the various questions and challenges of pregnancy while keeping our faith at the forefront, both in terms of not giving into anxiety and apprehension about all of the small and big decisions that accompany new motherhood as well as holding strong to your beliefs if faced with challenging medical issues. Sarah’s writing is reassuring and positive while encouraging us to grow spiritually while growing a person.
The book, like many traditional pregnancy guides, goes week by week. Each chapter is packed with information and reflections, including sections on "Walking with Mary," simple tips to focus on that week, a faith focus that explores an aspect of Catholic teaching and devotions, and a prayer suggestion. Sarah doesn't shy away from the difficult questions that can plague an expectant mother - dealing with depression, preparing yourself for problems that may arise, and dealing with physical suffering. Her writing is blunt and humorous, while deeply reverent.
Sarah's extensive background in writing about Mary has suffused this book. Writing about pregnancy can be challenging, given the countless decisions that can erupt into full-fledged debates over the merits of various approaches to child-rearing. This book isn't about that, and it's a refreshing change to have a resource with one foot in the everyday realities of pregnancy and one foot in the eternal.
It’s kind of crazy that it’s taken this long for there to be a book like this one on the market, and Sarah has provided Catholic moms with a tremendous gift with her work.