That moment arrives before midwife.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

That moment just after you've brewed up two pots of coffee (decaf and reg) and laid out half a dozen cups on a polite little cloth, on the neat kitchen table...all in preparation for the soon to arrive small army of midwives...and you hear your daughter-in-law scream "I have to push NOW!" from the other room and your son yells, "Mama, come here NOW!"

That moment when your son says, "I've got the head right here!" as you are still hoping that the midwife will hurry up and answer the damn phone.

A moment I will never forget. A moment I had imagined could possibly happen...with the midwife over 2.5 hours away...but a moment I absolutely did not think would really happen.
She yelled..I ran to her. She said she had to push. I said blow through it and stand up...change positions. She had been kneeling, leaning against her bed.

I told her "Don't be's probably a false alarm. Maybe you just need to change positions. After all..your water hasn't even broken yet."

I no sooner said the words than her water broke.

She started saying " yet...I cant..." but immediately, another contraction and she said "the baby is coming NOW!...

I grabbed the cell phone and told Jessie to try to lie down, but she insisted she couldn't.

I called the midwife...ring...ring...ring..
....Gawd! Pick up the damn phone!!...

Chris said, " I've got the head right here" as the midwife picks up the call and asks me to repeat myself, as I stumble over the words "The baby is coming right now!"

On speaker phone now, the midwife is telling Jessie to get on hands and knees on the bed to delay delivery the some 45 minutes until she will arrive, but Jessie has already delivered the head. As the baby is as if he did this every day...guides the baby out and holds it securely.

Chris said, "The cord has quit pulsing!"

No cries.

Seconds fly cries.

I turned to the birth supply cabinet that Jessie had so carefully organized, grabbing a suction bulb...

I popped that thing open as if I do it every day...and just before the midwife began instructing to turn the baby's head and try to suction out mucous...yea...just before she is saying that, I am already doing just that...suctioning my little newborn grandbaby's time...two...three times...

...finally...a tiny little raspy cry...then another...and another.

We helped Jessie into the bed...placenta still cradled to her chest. The midwife on speaker gives me the job of watching for hemorrhage and for placenta delivery.

While baby Chelsea is already nursing and the placenta is delivering, the midwife finally arrives.

Mama and baby are doing great. Dad is doing great. Grandma can't shake the feeling it was just a dream. But I am doing better than great, and so happy to have played a part in bringing the baby...and to have been blessed blessed blessed that nothing went wrong and they are both so healthy.

Later that day I poured two pots of coffee...decaf and reg...down the drain. None of us needed caffeine.

That evening many of our large family gathered in their home. We had a big Mexican dinner that Jessie and I had prepared the previous week and frozen so we wouldn't need to cook after the delivery. Jessie was feeling so recovered that she was able to recline on the couch and enjoy dinner with on a cushion beside her.
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    Oh my gosh!!!! What an amazing delivery! Your story gave me goosebumps! Congrats!!
    1911 days ago
    WOW! What an experience!

    This is a moment you will never forget!
    1916 days ago
    What a wonderful story! You should submit it to Ladies' Home Journal magazine. I was reading one in the doctor's office yesterday, and it seemed to be written by regular people going through things. I have been present to watch a friend's baby being born and it is a miraculous thing. My two were caesarian born so it's a little different.
    1920 days ago
    WHAT a way to welcome in our new life :-)

    Well done to all
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    1920 days ago
    Now there's an experience you won't be forgetting! I know you wrote this blog, but it would be a great idea for you to write about the whole experience, your feelings--just everything--and be able to go back and read it to your granddaughter in a few years. What a wonderful blessing!
    1920 days ago
    Geesh ameesh! What an experience for all involved! I am so glad that everything came out great and that you have a healthy and wonderful new grandchild!
    1920 days ago
    Congratulations! Scary yet wonderful moment you had, so glad you and your son were there, you were both terrific! So happy for you!
    1920 days ago
    1920 days ago
    How WONDERFUL!! Congratulations!!! You did it--you helped, you got your grandbaby breathing--YOU DID IT! What a gift--to watch your son deliver your grandbaby.

    I had all 3 in the hospital but I WISH I could have been at home. Almost had 2 of them at home--just cause they came SO FAST! But--this was a gift and a miracle that you got to enjoy!!! emoticon
    1920 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/17/2012 8:19:15 PM
    Way to go Grandma!! Congratulations!! I had both of my babies at home too. I'm sure that was an intense situation to not have the midwives there yet, but it sounds like you all handled it beautifully. Now THAT is a day you'll never forget. How wonderful!!!
    1920 days ago
    HOLY COW!!!! WOW WOW WOW!!! You GO GRANDMA!!! I know how excited I was to be with my daughter during the birth og both of my grandchildren, cutting the cord, helping her breath, push, holding her legs etc etc...All the things you do to help. But to actually be there with your son and daughter in law at home and actually deliver the baby!! WOW Such a special thing, and you are sooo blessed!!

    1920 days ago
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    What a lovely experience for you to look back on. emoticon
    1920 days ago
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