Labor is unpredictable. Sometimes it's much longer than anyone anticipates. Last weekend I was able to be with a mama who's labor kept her up through the night and working all the way into the next afternoon. She was a trooper! She was so calm and focused. She breathed through her contractions and restfully waited for the next. When her moment came, she dug down inside herself to find the strength and energy she needed to deliver her baby. And she did it!
Mommy and Daddy welcomed a beautiful little girl with a head full of hair into our world. Everyone was thrilled! The proud Papa couldn't stop looking at his little girl and Mama was grinning from ear to ear over what she had accomplished.
I went to visit with the family tonight. I asked Mama how she felt about the birth. Before she said a word, her face lit up. She smiled that huge smile of hers and said, "It was wonderful!"
I know my heart was smiling, too.
Just got home from another birth. We've got a sweet new girl in our town! She is absolutely adorable and perfect in every way.
Mama had been planning a natural labor and delivery, then induction got thrown into the mix and her labor plans were up in the air. A few hours into the induction, things were picking up quickly and mama decided to go for the epidural. Unfortunately, the epidural didn't take and baby didn't want to wait any longer!
In the end, mama had the unmedicated birth she had originally planned on, baby was born in her bag of waters (so cool!) and while none of it was really what had been expected, it was all very awesome! Mama is a champ for sure! Baby was just as happy to see mama as mama was to see baby and I left them both snuggled in bed, sweetly resting together.
It's always good to start at the beginning, don't you think? So good for you! Here you are at the beginning of my blog. :)
I'm not exactly sure what all I'm going to put on here, but I like to blog, so I thought this would be a fun addition to our site. Stephanie doesn't even know I'm starting this (Hi, Stephanie! By the way, I'm going to start a blog on our website.), so I don't know if she'll write on here or not, but you'll at least have me rambling on here from time to time. I hope to share some research findings, some pictures, some birth stories...you know, whatever strikes my fancy.
For now, I'll just tell you what I've been thinking about today. I've been thinking that it's humorous that I'm starting into a career that revolves around birth. I have long said that patience may be a virtue, but it's not one of mine! My own pregnancies drove me crazy at the end because I know they say no one has been pregnant forever and I realize that my babies are clearly not in my belly anymore, but I'm telling you--I was pregnant FOREVER. All of that incessant waiting...and waiting...and waiting. Yeah, waiting is really not my thing. But here I am! And happy to do it. Just goes to show you--God's got a pretty crazy sense of humor. :)