Wednesday, August 29, 2012

An Extraordinary Birth

I've been lucky enough to be in attendance for the births of many of my grandchildren and all three of my great grandchildren.   And I've witnessed some amazing births.  My daughters, daughters-in-law, and granddaughter have blown me away, not only with their generosity in letting me be there, but also with their courage, stamina, and sweet natures during the most stressful times of their lives.

But one birth stands out as the most surreal birthing experiences I've ever witnessed.  I was reminded of it as I went through some of my old files and I thought it was post worthy.

Here is the expectant couple about one hour and four minutes before Mary's birth.

About an hour before the birth, Sarah seems to be questioning what the big deal is about and Mike is distracted by the TV.

Less than 45 minutes before the birth Sarah seems to be experiencing some pain?  Or is she trying to figure out if she's having a contraction?  Whatever it is, it's got Mike's 'still relaxed' attention.

And it's no wonder because fifteen minutes later, she dilated 10 cm.

And ten minutes after that, it was showtime.

From showtime to babe-in-arms time was sixteen minutes.

And that's what I call a perfect birthing experience.

1 comment:

  1. She really is amazing when she is in labor, I remember her looking all beautiful and well rested. If only we all could be so lucky!


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