I am so grateful for the invitation to join this extremely strong and patient momma and her husband during the remarkable (and hasty) birth of their son. From the moment I met her, I had no doubt in my mind that her calm and relaxed demeanor would lead to a similar birth experience. The wonderful part about this mom is that even with almost 4 weeks of prodromal labor, a long day of early labor, and some surprising final moments, she remained focused and unwavering on the type of birth and postpartum care she wanted.
The night finally arrived.
It was almost time. Laboring at home, she breathed calmly through the surges and even cracked the occasional joke! Her contractions changed and she instinctively knew something was different. We started making plans to head to the hospital. She tells us later that she sort of laughed to herself when we announced plans to leave-there was no way we were going anywhere! Little man must have heard her because he arrived straight into dad’s arms five minutes later! It was certainly a sight to behold, Dad switching from packing the car to calling the ambulance to catching his son, without skipping a beat. As expected, Mom remained calm and cool as she birthed her son and brought him to her breast where he stayed comfortably snuggled in as she traveled from her unexpected homebirth to the hospital for postpartum care.
They talk about a ‘birth high’ and I think this probably sums it up for everyone involved that night. Dad was a champion, swooping in to be there for his wife in exactly the moment she needed him most. Mom remained calm as ever and followed exactly where her instincts guided her. It is an experience I will never forget and I feel so thankful they invited me to share it with them.