Monday, April 12, 2010

Curbside Delivery

In the last week, it has been my pleasure to attend the births of two amazing women as their doula! I love my "night job" and feel with each birth that I am so privileged to share such an intimate, meaningful event in a womans life.
The right of passage into Motherhood!

Last week involved a lengthy labor of an amazingly strong woman resolved and committed to natural childbirth. She and her husband worked confidently as a team through an exhausting ordeal. 24 hours of blood, sweat and tears later she delivered a beautiful screaming baby girl completely naturally.
Amazing! A truly heroic lady!
It was so beautiful, I cried!
There just is nothing like seeing a strong, capable, committed, determined mommy welcome her miracle into the world!
Then Thursday night was the makings of a Lifetime original movie. I was called to a home in the middle of the night when a first time mommy began her labor. We labored at the house for about two hours and she handled the contractions with such ease and grace. We moved her to her car to make the 30 minute drive across town to the hospital and I followed the couple in my own car.
I was booking it to keep up with the father who was pushing 70 in a 45 mph zone.
Every guy wants an excuse to speed, right? I figured he was just capitalizing on the opportunity.
He then screeched on his breaks and pulled into the middle turn lane on a 4 lane highway. I pulled off behind them and saw the husband waving frantically for me to come.
I arrived at the mothers side with the unimaginable taking place before my eyes. Two pushes and I got to deliver a beautiful 7 lb. 9 oz baby boy.
In the car.
On the road.
At 4:00am.
Oh the sweet sound of a baby's first lusty cry. Praise God!!! I wrapped mom and baby in blankets and dad called 911. The police were there within minutes with EMT shortly following. Immediate transfer by ambulance to the hospital where the assessments of an elated mom and her lil' guy were absolutely perfect.
Deep sigh of relief!
Thank you Lord!
Im forever ruined....I now have my sights set on becoming an Obstetrician.

If anyone is in need of a labor and delivery Doula, let me know.
Stories shared with permission from the new parents.


shannon said...

Oh my goodness, Mandy, what an incredible story!!! I have chills....and you LIVED it!! How incredible!!!

Anonymous said...

What wonderful stories. You are so blessed to be a part of the start to so many new families and you were such a blessing to the families just to have you there (especially the second family)!! I can't wait to hear all the details. I don't know if I can wait until Friday. I might have to call before then :)


JShaffer said...

Mandy!!!! You delivered a baby!!! What an incredible story! What a beautiful opportunity - way to go!! I'm so proud of you!

Shannon said...

Oh, WOW!!! Amazing stories! :)

Lacey said...

Oh my gosh, how lucky are you! Something not many people get to experience! Love it!

Donna said...

Just getting to know you through your blog makes me think the families were blessed to have you there. them and YOU!! Way to go and you'd be an amazing obstetrician!!! Go for it!!

Anonymous said...

What a privilege! To be there at the first breath - awe-inspiring, and how humbling that God shows us life like that!


Forever Owen said...

Thank you for sharing these incredible stories! It must feel amazing to be there for each birth and supporting these parents! I would love to do that!

Colton's Journey said...

Thanks for sharing those awesome moments with us! Those are so touching.

C~ said...

Wow!!! How amazing! I am so thrilled for you!

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Oh my gosh! Not only able to witness the amazing experience, but in a car? It's out of a movie! :) What a great story.

Crystal... said...

Beautiful.. I love stories like that!

Karen said...

wow girl!! You amaze is never boring is it?! Love you!

Rachel C said...

wow - that must have been amazing! I can't even watch a birth on tv without getting teary eyed. I probably couldn't handle seeing it in person (besides my own 3, of course!)

Alicia said...

All I can say is wow! That is so great you were able to be there to help this couple!
I used a doula with our baby and she was a great help to us. What a great way for you to serve others at such a special time in their life!

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