When I was contacted by my sweet, amazing prior client and military wife about driving to Jacksonville to attend the birth of their son, I was so overwhelmed. It was not going to be a short distance to drive and where they live, they could have found many other doulas to do the job. Since I have moved from Wilmington and most all of my clients were there, I have not been able to attend second births of these women. This was going to be a first! Last week when she called to tell me she went to the Dr. was was 4 cm and 80% effaced, I panicked I was not going to be able to get there in time for it to be worth their money to hire me. After giving her the option of backing out of the deal, she said no. She would rather have me there for a short time than not at all. Wow, that was a humbling moment for me. I love this couple for many reasons, so it was a joy to be there for their son's birth. I ended up getting there in plenty of time and everything worked out beautifully. It was one of the most meaningful Mother's Days I have ever had. God has been so great to me that so many of my clients become my friends. She sure is one I pray will be a life long friend!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Blake and I had the great joy of meeting some of our best friends in Myrtle Beach for a conference. I was so looking forward to the time away with them and just KNEW my client/friend/prayerful back up doula one day was going to have her 6th baby before I left! Well, that did not happen. I tried to pull some strings to get her into the Dr. before I left so she would have the baby and I could leave stress free, but didn't happen. NOT GOD'S TIMING! I could NOT believe I was on my way home and there was still no baby! We texted on the way home and I pleaded with her to hang in there a little bit longer. She did, but not a minute later! I got home around 11pm and her water broke at 11:30! It was on! Her labor was short and sweet, so short that the Dr. didn't even make it! It was a great testimony of God's perfect timing and there is nothing I can do to change His plans! What a beautiful baby boy he was with the blondest hair I have seen in awhile. What joy!
I had the greatest time working with this couple. She is feisty and knows what she wants! Maybe I love her because she is a lot like me?? The memories and laughs I have from this birth will last a lifetime. I had the great joy of teaching them in childbirth class. She works for DSS in adoptions and was so supportive of our call to adopt.
She certainly has my number one spot in squatting during labor! When I questioned her about it, she said she was a softball catcher!
I also was delighted to work with a nurse whose daughter is Coleston's dear friend. (He would say it is his girlfriend!) We had the best time working together and made such a great team to help her accomplish the birth she desired.
I always find it a special privilege to work with Military families. It is a very small way I feel I can serve those that serve our country. This sweet couple had just a few weeks together after he came home from deployment to prepare together for the birth of their daughter. This client had hired me before we had chosen our adoption agency and I found out we were going to HAVE to be out of town the day before she was due. I was stressed about the timing and did a lot of praying. I am most of the time disappointed in my faith that everything will work out. I have NEVER been "let down" by God's timing, so why do I always worry?? Needless to say, I made it home in plenty of time for the birth. It was a joyful day with some obstacles to overcome, but she did it and had an amazingly beautiful baby girl! I love the picture of grandma meeting her granddaughter for the first time!
This is also the first time I have seen a "gownie". It is a sassy birthing gown you can buy online! I am sure I will have to get one for Anna Carson's birth mom!
It has been a MONTH since I have last shared the sweet mommas I have had the privilege of working with during the birth of their babies. I have been so blessed to be working a lot and also to be in the middle of our home study for the adoption of our OWN baby girl! Again this month, the big theme of my personal life coinciding with these births has been God's timing. I have been able to attend every birth and to not miss any of the big events we have had to attend due to the adoption. We also were able to get away for a few days and that was a true blessing! Many blessings and I am looking forward to continuing this busy baby season!