What an interesting day. I got up this morning and went to a prenatal visit with a new client I am “care-sharing” with another doula. Meeting a lovely couple was a wonderful way to start the day. I stopped at the grocery store on the way home and when I arrived, I put things away and ate my lunch. I looked at my phone and noticed three missed calls. I called the number and lo and behold, the voice on the other end was my momma who was due on the second of November. She was distressed and explained her water had broken at 1130 a.m. and she and hubby were on the way to the hospital. As we were on the phone, she was having a contraction and we talked through that. I reminded her to breathe and to take a big, cleansing breathe after the contraction.
Thank goodness, my bag was packed and ready to go. I grabbed my birth ball and threw a snack in my bag, expecting a long night. I arrived at the hospital at 12:20 and was told by the desk nurse, “You won’t need that ball, she is pushing.” I hustled down the hall and arrived in the room. Sure enough, the momma was bearing down and the baby’s head was crowning. I went right to the momma and she grasped my hand. And there I was helping with her leg as the nurse asked me to and I hadn’t even taken my jacket off. With a couple more pushes, baby S was born at 12:55. The nurses delivered the baby as the doctor never made it either.
Beautiful baby S had great apgar scores and weighed 5 pounds 3 ounces at 36 weeks gestation. She was a beautiful surprise today to momma and daddy who were so excited to meet her. I spent time with them to see that baby S was breastfeeding and they were doing well. I stayed with mom as she had a shower while daddy went with baby for a further check up as she arrived early. She was pleased that her birth was drug free as she had hoped and even though she hadn’t shared her birth preferences, the nurses were very respectful about asking before doing each procedure.
I would think for her next birth, she might want to move closer to the hospital or consider a home birth!