My clients labor began with her water breaking in the middle of the night. Very irregular contractions followed, and after several hours with no changes, it became necessary for her doctor to augment in an effort to get things moving along.
Opting for a drug free labor, she walked, used the jacuzzi, bounced on the birth ball, and sang and danced to everything from Beyoncé, to Prince and Nirvana. Using those coping mechanisms helped to keep her mind focused on riding the waves of contractions. They remained irregular after many hours, despite high doses of medication. Her doctor laid out a few choices for them to discuss and ultimately they decided to go ahead and birth the baby via ceserean section. They were very excited and anxious to meet their baby!
Most of her original birth preferences were able to be carried out, which was appreciated greatly - including skin to skin, and delayed cord clamping in the OR. This is now standard of care, as the hospital works towards their baby friendly initiative certification.
Hunter Marie weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces, and was 20 inches long.
Welcoming her earthside alongside her parents was her maternal grandmother - who hails all the way from Chicago!