4 am--One of my clients texts that she's been having contractions on and off for a couple of hours that keep waking her up. I ask a few questions to get more details.
I try to go back to sleep.
5 am--Different client texts that she's been having regular contractions since about 1. They're about 10 minutes apart. We converse for a few minutes.
5:10 --Toddler wakes up for her morning nurse
5:25-- I slide out from under Fizzy Baby and head downstairs to check my doula bag. All I really take with me are personal care items like toothbrush and toothpaste in case of a long birth, and snacks. I top off my snacks and mill around a bit.
Start texting my back ups because obviously I can't be two places at once. Freak out a little when I don't hear back right away.
6:30 B wakes up and asks right away if I have a birth. She's so astute.
Text my fellow Essentials tutor and our Classical Conversations director and let them know I might need a sub for my class.
6:40 Water broke for second client! She reports contractions are little closer.
I stay in regular contact with my client and her husband as I get ready and get the children ready. I tell Kevin all of the things that need to happen. It seems this client's moving pretty quickly, so I decide to head in to hospital while they wait for Grandma to come to their house to take care of their toddler. I hear back from my back ups and breathe big sighs of relief. I give necessary info so I don't have to think about my other client still having irregular birth waves during another client's birth. I try to get kids organized to help Kevin as much as possible; they do so amazingly helping each other.
7:50 I text the husband to see how they're doing as I'm pulling into the parking garage. They are on the way.
8:05 In triage--nurse all business, bustles in and tells client to pee in cup, change into gown.
My client is working incredibly hard. It always amazes me how strong and beautiful women are when they feel loved and supported through their labors. Her husband was feeling a little frantic, but he is taking good care of her. She is handling her labor waves wonderfully, even as they come every few minutes. She climbs up onto the narrow bed and promptly assumes the elbows and knees position.
I suspect she is ready to just get this baby out, so I ask if she wants to skip the monitoring and just get checked to see if she could get back in her room. She thinks that sounds like a solid plan and affirms with a terse “YEAH!” It’s hard for women in labor to respond to people’s questions around them, and it’s best to just ask questions or make statements they can answer with a nod or shake of the head.
The midwife asks if she can flip over to have her cervix checked. My client does not think that sounds like a good idea. The apprentice midwife is awesome and says she would do her best to check her in this "non-traditional" position! Many care providers make the laboring mother roll over on their backs for a cervical check. She concludes client is at a 7 or 8 (10 being complete and ready to push baby out) and we could immediately move down the hall to a room.
8:20 Officially admitted.
I figure the distance would be about the same and decide to run around the hospital instead of having to walk through it, and am literally sprinting once I got outside the building. It feels amazing to run, even though I never do it anymore and am quickly out of breath. I find them a primo spot right next to the hospital door in the parking garage, grab their bags from the trunk and hightail down the hall, back to the elevators.
I snuggle and nurse Finnella and read a few books to Elivette. I chat with the older kids and try to squeeze in their daily quota of hugs.
7:44 We are in her room. She has some delicious essential oils in her diffuser going and I am thankful because this room really smells like nursing home.
9:39 or :40 Her baby comes out face down, and completely rotates to face up. This is really unusual! Baby’s shoulders got stuck, which can be dangerous because the baby can’t get oxygen while the head is out and the chest is still in the birth canal. Extracting them is a little more complicated than usual because of baby's face up position but the midwife acts quickly and stays calm. Her expertise and instant action saved the day.
9:41 Baby born! Baby is able to be immediately on mom before they took her over to the warmer and checked her oxygen levels. She was fine and almost right away was brought back to mom. It was scary there for long minute though!