Friday, April 19, 2013

Baby R the first birth we ALL missed



Baby R was born into her Daddy's arms about 4 minutes before a midwife could get there. I had seen Mama all through her pregnancy. She has two other children, a toddler and a preschooler. She had birthed all her babies with Wendy and knew that she tends to deliver her babies pretty quickly.


That evening she had contractions that seemed really regular and then all of the sudden stopped. She decided to go to bed and try to get some rest. The rest didn't last very long and her husband got out a mat and put it on the floor at the foot of the bed. He laid out the waterproof covers and she laid down.

She called Wendy at 11:49 p.m. and couldn't talk. Wendy called us and dashed over there. Thankfully she was only 15 minutes away. Baby R was born four minutes before Wendy arrived. I had picked up Courtney so the two of us were together. We had learned the birth was already over so we slowed down our pace just a bit.

When we arrived Daddy stood proudly in the doorway holding his son in his arms. He had this childlike look of pure joy on his face. Wendy had delivered the placenta and was managing the bleeding. Mama is just a little thing and she tends to get light headed (you think) after her births so she was pretty pale but had a steady heart beat and normal blood pressure. 

There were a lot of clots to get out and in typical fashion Mama did the mashing of her uterus to get them out. She did it so forcefully I thought she would tear her uterus apart but on and on she went mashing it. What an amazing woman. That was a first for me. Usually we massage the uterus to help but not this woman. She was going to do it herself. She told Wendy that it hurt less if she did it.

When she was ready to get in the tub we helped her up and she got in while I did the full newborn screening on this quiet little baby boy. This family really loves the LORD and he was given a Biblical name. Soon he was in the arms of his Mama while we quickly cleaned the room back up. By the time she was back in bed the room was back to normal. We tucked them in and said good-bye.

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