E, it was such an honor to attend you during your birthing time. I met you in a coffee shop and was enthralled with your stories of globe-trotting and world adventures. You were upbeat and joyful, telling me of your plans to 'strap baby on your back and continue your travels'. You were anticipating single-parenting, but that didn't damper your joyful outlook, or your easy-going nature.
On the morning
of a doctor's appointment, you texted to let me know he was encouraging
you to be induced. We chatted a little about options, including when it
might be more 'favorable', when you might want to genuinely consider it,
and more gentle encouragement options; I waited to hear from you after
Around lunch, you let me know that your
cervical check found that you were 5cm and nearly 50% effaced. You had
decided on pitocin, and promised to call when you felt regular
Your mom and you settled into your room, and I
busied myself getting ready for your birthing time. After 2 hours, you
updated me to let me know that you were having very mild contractions
every 3 minutes but still weren't feeling them. You had your cervix
checked and were 'a little more than 5 and 75% effaced, but baby was
At 1:30, you texted me "Ok, I'm ready to admit that this is really happening, haha. I'm feeling it "
started right off toward you. Until this point, I was waiting with
bated breath, as your mom and grandmother had had speedy births. When I
arrived you were doing well, and I encouraged you to get up and move
with your contractions.
Your nurse piped up that your doctor
'didn't like birthing balls', but you assured her you had already told
him you 'would be using one' - and promptly sat down on my birthing ball
with a smile on your face. We talked, kept it light, and moved at your
birthing pace. Your mom kept a constant, loving, watch from the chair in
the corner of the room.... and I was struck by the joy and love coming
from the women in the room. Birthing as a woman's work.
moved from ball to bathroom, then back to ball, then bed... you
preferred to stay upright and I reminded you that those positions that
felt more productive and more pressure full were the most productive. You smiled with a sheen to your face - you were happy to make it more productive.
later, you had your water broken. And then, soon afterward, as I
believed you were entering transition and your labor really was working
you, you asked your mom to leave the room.
At that point, you
were lying down facing me when you mentioned you wanted something for
the discomfort. I talked with you about your options, but reminded you
that I really thought you were almost done. After weighing the risks and
benefits, you chose IV pain medication, knowing that your baby might
still be born soon.
Sure enough, an hour later and it was time
to push your baby out. You brought him down quickly and birthed him in
power. As he was handed to you, you covered him in love and looked
admiringly at him. Your work had brought forth a son of beauty.
taking time to get cleaned up and get initial nursing started, you
invited your mom (and sister who was now also waiting in the waiting
room) back in to meet your 8.5 lb baby boy. Congratulations
globe-trotting mama! May your adventures as a parent be as exciting as
your travels. And may your up-and-coming travel partner bring you much