Mr. and Mrs. P & Baby L

Sometimes when there is a storm brewing and you can feel it rolling in; changes in the sky, the smell of the Earth, even the sounds tell you something is on the horizon.  There can be trepidation, concern, and even questions as to what the storm will bring…but we all know that with the storm comes something beautiful.

We know the storm brings the richness of water for the Earth.  The cleaning of the sky.  The refreshment of all living things.  In the end, a rainbow…a gift.

I would say the birth of baby L was similar to a storm like this.  Her parents were being so patient.  They could see the storm brewing on the horizon…they knew soon the storm they were anticipating would be a reality.  Sometimes, the waiting becomes unbearable.  Mothers talk themselves into actions that force things to happen, often too early.

They were being steadfast…waiting for baby L  to come on her own time.  Finally the time for waiting had been exhausted and it was time, at 41 weeks 5 days to get things rolling.

As they checked in to the hospital early on Saturday morning I was thinking of them.  Confident things would go well, after all they were very educated and confident in their decisions.  They had decided to start with a bulb induction. A much more natural way to get things started than say Pitocin or breaking water.

As the day rolled on I was receiving reports of the two of them just hanging out, watching tv and spending their last few moments together before baby arrived.

Around 9pm she called to say the bulb had fallen out and she was 5cm.  Such awesome progress for the inconsistent contractions she had been reporting. It was very encouraging for all of us.  She had said the Dr. was going to come back in an hour and see how she was feeling and if there was any change.  She was going to go take a shower and get refreshed.

Less than an hour or so later her husband called and said I should come on down to help with any decisions that needed to be made.  At that time I packed up my stuff and headed to Good Sam.

When I arrived she was on the birthing ball, pressing on the roof of her mouth and her husband was resting.  We did some Clary Sage massaging of her hands and started some oils going in the air.  Once the Dr. came back in he was fine with her continuing to be patient and ride it out waiting for active labor to pick up. This was a blessing as most of the time there would be a sense of urgency. But, this Dr. was willing to let things happen on their own.

After some changing of positions, walking, and massaging of the ankle and feet pressure points, we all agreed a little push of Pitocin would be a good idea.  The hope was it would kick start things just enough to gather a regular pattern of labor. Throughout the night daddy, mommy and I all got some rest as her labor patterns had slowly picked up but not enough to make her too uncomfortable.  But, now as the morning approached, they started a small drip of Pitocin to try and initiate her own body’s labor receptors.

She got in the shower again in hopes of the contractions picking up.  They were so flexible about her movement and change of location, even being attached.  This seemed to pick things up some and as they upped her Pitocin to 4 she was showing signs of increased labor…she was no longer able to talk through them but needed more concentration each time.

The morning also brought in her Dr. Dr. Kennard arrived to check in with her and see how things were going.  At this time we all agreed it would be good consider breaking her water since her pattern had increased, to allow the Pitocin to be turned off and her body to take over on its own. I was impressed with the Dr. making the suggestion to encourage her own body to make headway with labor rather than synthetic labor with no end in sight. That was extremely wonderful and rare.

Before they could get in to break her water she was in full on active labor.  Moving between the bed and the toilet she was making quick progress.  Each contraction brought total concentration on her part.  She would surrender to the contractions, with daddy right by her side each moment telling her how strong she was.  She was toning and humming to help release the tension during the swells of the storm.

When the storm really hit she went into the zone.  She was fully engulfed in it.  Allowing her husband to help her, hold her, support her, listening to our voices, relaxing her bottom half.  She didn’t waste a single swell.

When they came in to break her water she was 8cm and fully effaced.  She’d done amazing work.  We expected things to really pick up now that her water was broken and they soon turned off the Pitocin.  She was free to go back to the shower and sit on the toilet to finalize her transition.

She did just that.  Fully surrendered she went from 8-10 in less than 1 hour and began feeling the urge to push.  We saw this in the bathroom during a contraction.  Her sounds had changed and her focus shifted.  She was beginning to feel urges.

She slowly made it back to the bed where she gripped the birthing bar and managed to hoist herself up with all her might for several contractions, pushing baby down into the birth canal.  Her husband was supporting her by sitting behind her on the bed helping her up to the bar each time she felt the need.  She was completely following her body’s direction and desire.

I could tell she was getting tired with the bar.  She took the suggestion to try hands and knees for some rest on her legs.  She made incredible progress on hands and knees and before we knew it the little dark hair of their little girl was peeking through with her pushes.

As she brought the baby down and the baby’s head came in and out, Dr. Kennard asked her to turn over for delivery.  She obliged.

She was doing the most incredible pushing.  Full body, fully committed pushing was being done and that baby was coming down the birth canal perfectly.  Not too fast, to allow for proper stretching, and not too slow as to discourage her.

It wasn’t too many pushes that we could see baby was coming in the next few pushes.  They brought over a mirror and Dr. Kennard helped support her stretching as the baby moved in and out a few more times.  Momma would rest well in between during her long rests and ramp up as the contractions piggy backed.

Two more pushes and baby’s head was pressing into the ring of fire, making its way out for the last time.  Dr. Kennard asked her to slow down just a bit to allow for stretching without tearing.  She listened perfectly and then pushed when asked and baby L’s  head made its way out with her shoulders and body immediately following.

Dr. Kennard placed her directly onto momma’s chest and they laid eyes on each other for the first time.  They breathed each other in, heard each other’s voices, and out came the rainbow after the storm.

She did perfectly.  They were patient, steadfast, and resilient in the storm which ended perfectly with a precious baby girl, healthy and strong in her mamma’s arms.  Momma held her to the breast and began to allow baby to latch if she desired.

They were all immediately in love and it was a beautiful thing to witness.

 

Baby L.

9/14/14

7lbs 12oz 20 ¾ inches

Born at 41 week 6 days

Happy Birthday Baby L.

 

 

Photos taken this day with camera phone and edited with Photoshop Actions.

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Mr. and Mrs. R and baby S

Mr. and Mrs. R and baby S

On Thursday June 19th an induction was scheduled to bring Baby S into the world. He was comfortable in his temporary home and not showing too many signs of wanting to come out. Mommy had been using Primrose to try and get things stirred and had made progress to 3cm with some thinning by the time they checked into St. Joe’s Hospital on June 19th at 8pm.

We had agreed ahead of time that she would let me know once things really started getting going. It can often take some time to get an induction started. Around 2:30am I had nursed my little guy and felt like maybe I would go in and see how things were going.

Upon arriving at the hospital and visiting for a few moments it was clear labor wasn’t active even though she was at 16 Pitocin and moving up every 30 minutes. She had made progress to 5cm but was not in active labor. She was still able to visit and snack. We visited and talked about how things would go if she reached 20 Pitocin.

Around 7:30am the midwife came in and suggested turning off the Pitocin, taking a shower, eating something and getting some rest which would allow the receptors to get cleared out and then she could begin again.

We agreed I would go home and tend to my children while Mrs. R and her husband were able to get some rest and spend some quality time together in the quiet. I wanted to make space for those intimate final moments they could have together.

The plan was for them to call me once things picked up, just as before, and labor seemed active. I was hopeful to get a call sooner than later. But, it is typical for babies to come in the evening hours so I expected the day wouldn’t bring too much news. But, even more hopeful for the coming evening and a new baby to be born.
Everyone got some much needed rest and they began Pitocin again around 12:30pm.

Around 6:30pm I let her know I would arrive around 7:40pm as I thought maybe things would begin to pick up as the sun set.

When I arrived around 7:40pm her mom had joined the birth team, which was a nice support for her. The room was calm and the mood was anticipatory. She still wasn’t really in active labor and the Pitocin was climbing to 18 in the next few moments.

She was moving from sitting butterfly on the bed to standing and then to sitting on the ball. At about 9:30 she was reaching 20 Pitocin which was the limit of the dr.’s order, so we started to try a few different things. She did some squatting on the bed and on all fours for a bit trying to encourage the baby to come settle on the cervix.

We talked about AROM to bring the baby down and allow natural pressure to create action with the cervix. As she was laying on her side with a peanut ball with a stronger contraction than she’d had up until now, she felt something funny.

The nurse checked to see if anything was leaking and she didn’t see anything at that moment. Mrs. R felt for sure as if something had occurred. She stood up and sure enough there was a small leak. This made her very emotional as the impending change in contractions seemed as though they might be overwhelming for her.

The nurse and I calmed her and encouraged her that all would be fine and this is what we’d been waiting for all along. It was exciting to see some changing occurring.

At about 10:23pm the nurse wanted to get a check of where she was at. During this check she reported she was an 8cm and fully effaced and as she was checking the bag of waters it broke. A rush of fluid poured out. This was very exciting as we knew this would bring a faster end to what they’d been waiting for so long.

Once her water was broken the contractions really picked up in intensity and we began the work of breathing and concentrating through each contraction. She wanted to stand but as she stood the baby didn’t seem to like it very much so, the nurse asked her to lay back on the bed. She obliged and had several great contractions on the bed.

With very little time, I began to see that during the contractions she was instinctively bearing down. The nurse could feel the head at +2 station and coming down with each contraction. As the nurse went to call the midwife, who as off campus just about 10 minutes away, another contraction came on and with this one came another push. She couldn’t hold them off.

I asked Mr. R to come down to the edge of the bed because I thought for sure the baby’s head would emerge with the next push. We could see it crowning at this time.

Mr. R came to the bottom of the bed. I instructed him to have his hands out and ready just in case and also asked him to push the call button. With the push of the button I called to the nurse’s station that baby was coming now. It took less than 10 seconds for the team to be in the room, to have a nurse giving perineum support and the resident OB followed up 5 seconds later ready to catch the baby.

1 more push and the head completely emerged with the OB giving support. 1 more push and the shoulders emerged and baby S slipped out and onto his mother’s tummy. It was a smooth 40 minutes from water breaking to baby being born. 40 minutes of active labor. Who could ask for more?

It was an answer to prayers. Healthy 9lb 15oz baby boy and a quick active labor and delivery for Mrs. R. And, as an extra measure of luck baby S had a true knot in his cord. This is not so common and a neat thing to see.

The extra special part of the labor is that as we were remembering the Lords presence in the room and His ability to meet her needs, her nurse shared encouraging words and scripture with her as well reminding her of His strength and that He will never leave us nor forsake us. It was precious to see the Lords light being shared among the team.
She did an incredible job, stayed focused and committed to a natural birth and was given that gift. And also the precious gift of a healthy, robust, wonderful little boy.

I was blessed to witness their birth story and am thankful for Gods provision each step of the way.

Born on 6/20/2014
9lbs 15oz
21 ¾ inches long