Welcome Baby N.!
I awoke in the wee hours of the morning on Wednesday, February 13 with a text from a mama letting me know that she was contracting irregularly and wanted to let me know. She labored for a good portion of the night, trying to rest as much as possible, but those pesky contractions usually have a way of keeping Mom from falling back into a good sleep! So she got up for her day and her contractions slowed down a bit, but were gaining in intensity.
Since her two older children were keeping Mom from truly focusing on her work, she and Dad decided to head to the birth center so they could settle in and then focus on laboring, and they asked me to meet them there. When I was leaving my house, Dad texted me and said Mom was already 8-9 cm! WOAH! I hauled it to the birth center and arrived to find Mom peacefully laboring while Dad was pushing on her hips. No baby born yet!
Thing moved in quiet slow motion from there… The birth center was so peaceful… Mom decided to get in the tub to relieve some pressure and we all continued to support her. It is always beautiful to me to see everyone in the room coming together to focus on one thing: Mom. Dad put his feet in the water so that he could continue to push on Mom’s hips, while I took care of Mom by offering cold water, cold wet washcloths, and words of encouragement. I don’t think she needed any of us though- she was in her special, sacred space. She worked hard, and once she was ready, she slowly and peacefully birthed her baby in the water.
A beautiful baby girl, another pink and completely healthy precious little soul. Congratulations S. family, thank you for letting me be a part of your special day!