Rachel got very well acquainted with B North Hospital before her baby was actually born. She ended up going in Friday afternoon around 2pm to start a pitocin induction. She was already over a week overdue and her doctor had some concerns and thought the best thing for both mom and baby was to get the baby out. Never mind the fact that she had just had an ultrasound that measured the baby at 10 lbs, 12 oz and she was planning a natural birth!! Well Luke was just too comfy in there because after about 6 hours of pitocin, she hadn’t made much progress at all so they decided to stop it for the night and do a cervadil drip overnight so Rachel could eat and get a good night’s rest. The plan was to start pit back up in the morning, but she ended up contracting on her own before they gave her any more and she was able to avoid it all together. She labored all day long Saturday and around 7pm I got a text from her doula and my good friend Melanie saying she was 6cm and getting transitional and to be ready to come up any time. Well I never heard from them again until around 10pm Melanie said she was getting her water broken and was still 7cm. That’s about the time I made my way up to the hospital. I was greeted in Rachel’s room by her agonizing groans, so I figured it wouldn’t be long until she was pushing. A little before midnight she began pushing, and pushing, and pushing…all the way until 5:38am when Luke Timothy finally made his grand entrance – sunny side up none the less!
What they figured out pretty quickly was that Luke was posterior & asynclitic, which made for a long, hard labor to say the least! Rachel was absolutely amazing and her determination to push him out without any drugs was astounding. Everyone in the room was praying hard that she would be able to do it and that the baby would come soon so that she could finally get some relief. Well the baby didn’t come as soon as she hoped, but thankfully he wasn’t 10 lbs either! The doctors & nurses were all preparing for what they were going to do to get his shoulders out since they thought he was going to be so big and get stuck. But, once Luke’s head was out, the rest of him slid right out with no problems whatsoever. And he weighed in at 8 lbs, 15 oz and was 21.5″ long. Still a big boy, but not that huge 🙂
Rachel actually hadn’t talked to her family since she first went to the hospital, so there was nobody waiting to greet Luke when he first arrived. I think that was smart on Rachel’s part, though, because she obviously needed to cuddle her baby and rest some after the night she had before visiting with anyone. Mom, dad and baby Luke are all doing great now and I’m looking forward to seeing them next week for their newborn session 🙂 Congrats again and WELL DONE RACHEL!
p.s. – this song was a special request from Rachel because it was very special to her during labor 🙂