B and J started care with me in the first trimester of their sixth pregnancy. This was the third pregnancy and birth I got to be part of with this sweet family! (Feel free to read this mama’s past birth stories here: Abigail Wyatt.) The night of September 25, 2015 B sent me a text saying she was having some more prodromal labor and was so exhausted. After talking, B decided she would take Tylenol PM to help give her some rest. I encouraged her that if her labor pattern changed and became active labor, she would wake. About an hour later at 11:45pm, B text me that her contractions woke her from her sleep. Ten minutes later she asked me to come. Her contractions were consistently 5 minutes apart, and were requiring her focus. B now lives well over an hour from me so I was dressing and out the door. I arrived at 1:15am and found B pacing around the living room. Contractions were definitely close, coming every 2-3 minutes, lasting 40 seconds. B was gently rocking her hips as she had a contraction. After doing initial vitals, B decided to try the shower for a few contractions while I got supplies out and organized. After a couple contractions, B moved to her birth ball which felt most comfortable to her. B had read a birth story I had posted earlier about using Rescue Remedy in labor to help ladies when they feel panicky during the labor process. We had talked at her last appointment about how I would have it available for her if she would like to use it. Around 1:35am, she requested a dose of rescue remedy, which we repeated a couple more times before the baby came. B calmly breathed through each contraction and felt that the remedy helped her. At 145am, I did a cervical exam. B’s standard pattern is to have a stall around 5-6cm, then things go fast. B was 7cm dilated, 100% effaced and baby was at a 0 station. Her amniotic sac was bulgy. It definitely did not appear that things were going to take much longer. B moved back to the birth ball and rocked her hips as the birth waves continued to come. As 2am neared, B said she was starting to feel pushy. She asked me to talk to her through contractions to help keep her calm. I spoke words of encouragement to her through each birthing wave. B requested to try to sit on the birth stool at 206am. After sitting on it she decided it was not comfortable, and moved to a standing position. She made a primal moan, and asked to be checked. At 207am, B was 9.5cm and baby was at a +2 station. I held back the lip as B was spontaneously bearing down. In the same moment, B’s water broke. The next push brought very quickly the baby into my hands and into B’s awaiting arms. B exclaimed that this was her easiest birth ever. She rejoiced in how wonderful this experience was. Welcome to the world sweet Mary! Born earth side on September 26, 2015 at 2:08am, weighing in at 7lbs 14ozs, 19.5″ long. Such a privilege to be part of a third birth with this sweet family.
Winter in Scotland
It has been a while since a new blog post, but with good reason, as it has continued to be a busy