Friday, April 19, 2013

Baby P has finally arrived!






This sweet Mama experienced multiple false starts in spite of this being her eighth baby! For two long weeks, time after time she thought she was in labor but wasn't.  That has got to be SO frustrating. Midwives would sleep in their scrubs, ready to jump up at a moments notice and each time it was a false alarm.

Until.........Baby was ready to come. I have learned that letting nature take it's course can be stressful at times. We got the call that finally baby was ready to come. The birth tub was all set up and Mama was on the bed.  When Wendy checked her she was around a six to seven after being five centimeters for two weeks. We got everything set up and got her in the tub. We try to leave birthing Mama's alone so that they can get in a rhythm so the three of us went downstairs into their living room while Mama started to soak in the tub.

Hubby comes downstairs about 30 minutes later and says she is ready for us. Boy what an understatement! Wendy kneeled by the tub and Mama had the urge to push. I was doing the charting on this birth and I asked Wendy if she wanted me to document it and Wendy said no, not yet. She checked her and gave me 8 fingers to see (some Mama's get discouraged if they hear they are "only" an 8) so I wrote 8 centimeters down at 3:26 a.m. At 3:27 it was obvious she was pushing so I charted, at 3:28 babies head was emerging and at 3:29 a.m. baby was completely out. We all stood there stunned.  Baby was beautiful, a very healthy baby boy.

This was the first home birth for the family. When the Dad was asked later what he thought of a home birth he said, "Had I known how nice this was, we would have had the other seven at home". Mama was very pleased with the birth. SHe said she loved birthing at home.

Another gift from the LORD was delivered safely into the arms of Mama and Dad.
Have I told you lately just how much I love my job? Watching strong women listen to their bodies and deliver in a powerful way these precious little babies is a miracle each and every time. Life doesn't get any better than that.







Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up".





























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