Persistence. Patience. Endurance. Faith. All of these things are what this birth taught me.
5 days. 5 days this mom waited, and hoped, and cried, and prayed.
An induction is unlike natural birth. It’s pain is not the same. It’s duration and normal ‘tells’ are not the same. It’s hard, just as any other birth, but it can be confusing, frustrating, and slow.
This mom started her induction on a Wednesday in April, and it was a long and slow process. Thursday and Friday came and went with a slight progression here and there, and finally, by Saturday night, things were starting to move for this poor mom. Around 1AM Sunday this mom’s water broke on its own. It may seem small to some, but this was a huge and incredible moment for us all. This made her even more determined and set to get the birth she wanted.
Her pain levels increased, so I headed to the Birthing Center at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York.
A few hours later, things were not moving as fast as they had hoped, and we waited. Options were in the air, swarming these parents’ heads. What to do, what not to do. This mom tried everything to speed things up in every way, but her body and baby just weren’t ready yet.
After a little help, mom and dad tried to get as much rest as possible for the next stretch of their birth.
I came back later on that Sunday morning to find things were moving for this little family, giving both mom and dad more hope. Things were progressing; not fast, but she was doing it, and all on her own!
A few hours passed, and this mom was ready for the birth she told everyone she would have. This mom and dad left their gender reveal for this baby’s birth-day. During labor, I asked them what they thought their baby would be – both said immediately, hands down, that this was a boy. Both were incredibly surprised when dad announced to the birth team and mom that they welcomes their beautiful baby GIRL that day.
After settling from the birth, it was time to go tell their families. Dad had mom on Facetime with their new baby girl, and walked to the Hearst Family Center where their family was waiting. Now it was time for weigh-in, footprints, and all of those perfect, tiny details. Back to warm up and snuggle with mom and dad.
Huge thanks to the doctors and staff at the Birthing Center at St. Peter’s Hospital. You were amazing, as always.