I still remember our conversation. Last summer I was coming home from strawberry picking with my daughters when Amanda told me the news. She was pregnant(!!!), and this was going to be her 3rd, and last, baby. She has two beautiful kiddos already, a boy and girl. I was excited to hear her news and then doubly squeal-filled when she told me she was using Dr. Andrews, one of my favorites in our area. He is always so respectful of moms wishes and has a goofy sense of humor that makes for a relaxed and joyful birthing environment.
Her pregnancy flew by during the busy holiday months. I keep hearing from moms having their 3rd(or +) that it goes so much quicker the third time. This sweet momma used to be a L&D nurse herself, so I knew it was going to be a fun experience. After each appointment or when she felt things “shift around” or position changes Amanda would tell me all the medical info behind what she felt her body doing, since she knows the ins and outs of the field. I really learned a lot which was so great. I have been wanting to take a Childbirth Education course to up my awareness, since my job centers around it, but can’t ever seem to find the time, so it was great that Amanda enjoyed filling my brain with some new knowledge to pacify my education for a bit longer.
It was the first of February and she hit her due date. We were counting down the days til her little girl would arrive. I got the call early one morning, they were at the hospital and would let me know more soon. I had stayed the night at my parents that night because my husband was on a business trip so it worked out perfectly, Nana was already there ready to have fun watching my girls while I would soon be witnessing a precious little girl join her family.
The birth went beautifully. Mom had gone in and labor stalled so they had her on a pitocin drip and she labored naturally the entire time. She paced the room, rocked on a labor ball, she even got me to dance to some Taylor Swift at one point. I especially loved getting to capture her dancing with her husband when things really started to get intense. He kept time on his watch and let her rest her weight on him while swaying. It was so peaceful and calm. Sometime around the early afternoon they popped her water. It was really soon after that when we were all caught off guard as mom felt the urge and pushed her daughter out immediately. Dr. Andrews was quick to assist and he helped mom pull her baby up onto her chest. She barely made a sound until filling the room with her first cries. She was here, they were now a family of five.
Amelia’s big sister was going to be in the room for the pushing and birth, but just missed it with how quick baby came. It was so sweet watching mom, dad and her older sister meet her during those first moments with all of them breathing the same air. Soon after big brother Jacob got to come in the room with both Grandmas. The entire room was overflowing with encouragement, love and excited smiles.
Birth is beautiful, friends, and I love getting to share so many different families stories with you.
*Birth Story Note – while trying to deliver the placenta they discovered that Amanda had placenta accreta, which means her placenta had grown into the muscle of her uterine wall. She had to get an epidural so the doctor could remove her placenta and all the pieces that were embedded. There is a photo of the placenta in pieces and I wanted to make sure it’s clear that is why it looks different. It was actually quite interesting and Amanda, being the nurse she is, was explaining it all to her daughter to she could see it and know that her post-birth experience wasn’t the norm. Dr. Andrews had her laughing through the experience, which made me so thankful for his demeanor and Amanda’s go-with-the-flow personality.