Friday, December 18, 2009

It's A Birth Story!!!!!!


A Birth Story For Connor

This is the story of Connor. He is a very sweet and precious little boy that I had the pleasure of meeting in November of this year. I met his Mom, Kim, and his Dad, Sam, earlier. I was able to do their interview at our office. They were so excited and could not wait to meet this sweet little bundle of joy.
Kim, being the faithful one to exercise, was still going to the gym up until about the week or so before her due date. She had a goal in mind and she was going to stick with it. She was absolutely glowing and a very beautiful pregnant Mom. Sam attended all of her prenatal visits. They were always smiling and never seemed to complain. They contacted me to become their Doula at delivery and I was so thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful and special event in their life. We met on numerous occasions. We talked about fears, excitement, making plans and talking about life after Connor arrived. Everything was ready but we were just missing Connor.
Late one evening my cell phone went off. It was Sam. “I think we are in labor”. I was so excited. Of course, all the normal questions followed. How is Kim? How often? How far apart? He was so calm. I was just amazed. He continued to keep me updated through out the evening. Kim was handling them like a real champ. Kim did not want to go to the hospital to find out she would be sent back home. When she and Sam made the decision to go to the hospital, they called to let me know they were headed there to see what kind of progress they had made.
I got up and started to get my things together and be ready when they called. Sam called and guess what? Kim had made it to 6 1/2-7cm at home!!!!!!! I was so proud of her. She had done exactly what she wanted to do. They were admitted. I made my way to the hospital. I walked into the room and the nurse was just finishing with her paper work. Kim and Sam were both smiling and totally relaxed. She would have a contraction, hold Sam’s hand and we would count and breathe through the contraction and then amazingly pick right back up on the conversation we were having. I was just in awe of how well she was doing. This was a woman on a mission. She started feeling pressure and it had been a while since they had checked her. The nurse came in and checked. She had made it to 9cm. Now, there was a question. It appeared that Connor was presenting with hands and not his head. Kim’s water had not broken yet and this was a real cause for concern. Another nurse came in to verify what was going on and it was confirmed. Dr. D was called in and he performed an ultrasound in the room. Sure enough, little Connor was trying to reach his way out. Due to the risk of her water breaking and hands presentation, the decision was made for a C-Section. Everything happened so quickly. Kim kept her composure and Sam was wonderful. I stayed around and waited for Sam to come through the door, not as Sam but as Connor's Dad.
It was a moment that I won’t soon forget. Connor was precious. Sam was beaming and Kim was doing great. I had the privilege to meet with them several times afterwards and everyone is doing great. He has grown so much. This will be a very special Christmas in Sam and Kim’s home. Connor may not remember this one as he gets older but I can promise you that Sam and Kim will always remember this Christmas! To Kim and Sam, I want to tell you thank you so much for allowing me to be apart of the day that you as a couple became a family. It was truly a privilege and an honor.
Laboring With You,
Pam (a.k.a Doula Mama)

4 comments:

Christine:) said...

I love birth stories! Thanks for sharing:)

Brianne said...

I too love a birth story and that is great that she did so much at home. That is the way to do it if everything is all good. I checked into the hospital at 6cm with my second and it was great!!

Kim said...

Thank you so much for being part of our special day!! We really appreciated all of your help and support!

j said...

just ran across your blog and was uplifted by the beautiful birth story. have a wonderful holiday season.