The first time I met with Amanda, I was very excited to be a part of her birth. We had a lot in common in that her first birth experience left her in need of a very different kind of experience for her second birth. I could relate very well to that, and was really looking forward to offering her whatever support I could. Amanda’s doctor was in full support of a VBAC. (YAY!) Usually I am the “silent” member of the birth team, but I am always ready to offer support if it is needed.
As her due date approached, she had plenty of contractions that kept us all guessing. I wondered if she was in labor at least three different times, when finally at about midnight on night, her water broke. YAY!!! And then…nothing. She was instructed to go to the hospital and her birth team worked hard to help get contractions going. Things started picking up eventually, and Amanda was experiencing some pretty intense labor. I got a text about 1:00am the next night saying that she had not dilated any further than when she got there. Then another text about 3:30 saying that she was going to get some pain relief and rest her exhausted body. Days of contractions and 24+ hours of labor is no joke! Apparently, that did the trick, because I got another text just before 6:00am saying “She just got checked and she’s 9 centimeters!”” WHAAAAATT??? I leaped out of bed. Should I brush my teeth? Or not brush my teeth? Brush my teeth. I quickly got dressed, grabbed all my gear, and sped like a race car driver to the hospital. I walked into her room to find that little Reese was born ten minutes earlier. 🙁 I was so sad that I missed it, but SO happy that Amanda got the VBAC that she wanted so badly.
Luckily, Amanda’s awesome doula stepped in as the super iPhone-ographer, so this slideshow is a bit of a collaboration. I hope you enjoy it!
**Don’t forget to click the little “HD” in the upper-right hand corner!
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