Just a bit before 1pm, Monday September 26th (her due date) I get a call from Janice saying that it was time to head to the hospital. Her mother-in-law would arrive at their home soon to take care of the young'uns - and I should head over to follow them to the hospital.
As a side note: when I arrived at the Clore's home I met Jeremiah's mother, Cathy. Or should I say, re-met. She was baptized the same year (1976) in the same ward (Norfolk 2nd) as me. We were single adults together!!! However, like most others, she didn't remember me (evidentally I'm very forgetable) but I remembered her. Small world.
Historically, while Janice, mother of three, has never had an epidural - she has had Nubain to "take the edge off" - then continued to have her children naturally. Even for this birth she was keeping that option open. As a doula I knew that if Janice had 3 other children without epiduals she could have this baby completely medication free!
She is admitted 80% effaced, 5cm. Janice and Jeremiah all smiles - THEY'RE STAYING!
Jeremiah applying counter pressure.
Janice's contractions becoming stronger.
Jeremiah comforting Janice.
Janice receiving words of affirmation from Jeremiah - who was VERY attentive. At one point, when Jeremiah left the room, Janice and I giggled that Jeremiah had yawned just before leaving the room. He was used to Janice having Nubain and becoming "loopy" - and would usually read or sleep until it wore off. He was learning it was hard work staying "plugged in" and seeing to Janice's needs and comfort - of which he did a GREAT job.
Janice brought a picture of her daughters Melanie and Julia to inspire her when laboring was difficult.
Jeremiah all smiles as he and Janice keep repeating that it's "baby time" - just moments before delivery.
Daddy cutting the cord.
Janice holding precious daughter, Lilia Rose and overwhelmed that she went completely medication free.
Daddy trimming cord while baby Lilia is on the warmer.
Jeremiah soothing Lilia.
... and her footprints.
Mommy and baby enjoying a special moment.
Introducing: Lilia Rose, 7 pounds 13 ounces, 19.75", born 7:41pm. Aren't they darling?
I don't know why but I am ALWAYS amazed and in awe with how strong these little mamas are. As soon as I decide to work with a little family I continually remind the little mama that she can do this - that women can do ANYTHING. Yet, again afterward, I am humbled and moved by their strength.