I guess it started back in July when I began nagging Ginny for the birth doula course. I didn't know it at the time, but Ginny told me it was my insistence that led to the November class being organized. I really had no idea what to expect when I paid my course fees. For me, it was simply a prerequisite to becoming a midwife. I didn't look at it as a true training opportunity. Sometimes as "modern" adults we're so busy looking ahead and trying to achieve the "next big thing" that we forget to focus on the present . Every day we are given wonderful gifts. If we don't slow down and accept the little miracles, we throw away these precious moments of clarity and learning.
Upon arriving at Casa de Robinson, I called my wife Grace and told her I was at a home birth - "not sure when I would come home, be prepared to sleep without me." Yes, I was prepared to stay overnight on the
couch, floor, car, wherever. My only other attended labor was my second-born (Samuel Lucas Lee), which lasted 50 hours from start of contractions to birth. So I come from the school of "as long as the labor takes, we'll be ready".
The dog (I forget his name) was becoming restless so I played with him a bit. Good dog but he was testing me by leaning his weight on my chest. I think Victoria was scared but she controlled her fear well.
Then the thunder started. Diana jumped scared from one of the thunderbolts, then got out of the birth tub and went into the bathroom. I crouched below the little window to get a view, but stayed out of
"THE BABY IS COMING," Diana groaned.
Now speaking in tongues. I had no clue what was happening but it was beautiful.
Diana spread out on the floor and her glistening body began shuddering. I knew the baby was coming.
I (tried) to grab the older girls but they were afraid of watching the birth. "It's slimy and there's blood!"
By the time I went to the bathroom doorway, Samuel was already in Ginny's arms. I don't regret missing the birth, since I believe it's important to *try* to have siblings attend the births of the little ones.
I went back to crouching in the little window, since the doorway was becoming crowded. I saw Diana trying to get up and everyone holding her arms. I went to Ginny in time to hear her say "We need someone
Diana kept worrying she would fall. I thought how ridiculous that sounded. There was Ashley and myself carrying her! How can anyone fall down between the two of us? Not so reassured, Diana then kept worrying about Samuel. Constance was holding the baby, so how could he fall?
Three strong people carrying the load - IMPOSSIBLE TO FAIL!
Then Dr. Lai arrived.
I watched him administering local anesthetic.
I watched him suturing the tear.
I watched him removing placenta and membrane remnants.
I watched him and thought - one day that will be me! Yikes!
To the Robinsons - thank you again for the honor. Please continue to
share your love wherever it is needed. Happy Christmas!
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