i must say this birth was so amazing and intense that my excitement levels didn’t come down till the next morning. IT WAS AWESOME. i want to give the gist of the story but i know sarah will eventually write up a birth story to share from her own perspective.
their daughter lily was born a couple months early, so sarah had to take a shot once a week for 3 months to hold off premature labor. she stopped the shots at 36 weeks and anticipated having the baby before 38 weeks. sure enough, sarah experienced a couple days of prodromal labor starting on wednesday. 5 minutes apart for the better part of 18 hours slowing down to a handful of contractions an hour till friday morning. in the meantime her bag of waters started a slow leak which can cause concern for infection. her dr gave her a window in which she had to be to the hospital by if she doesn’t start hard labor by herself. i got a call around 5:30 to meet sarah and jake at the hospital because they were starting pitocin to help the labor start back up. because sarah is one of my closest friends, she asked me to be there for support with pictures a second priority. (which if you are in the creative field, you can’t turn off your desire to let your creative juices flow when you’re framing the composition in your mind as each moment unfolds. 😉 )
the pit drop when you’re planning a natural birth is pretty much the devil. the contractions come on hard and strong and you quickly feel like you are at the mercy of the drip. they started her on the minimal dose and told her she was in control of when and how much to turn it up. her labor was pretty boring and disappointing to her til the pit got cranked. we all kept laughing when she was complaining the contractions were only 5-6 in pain levels. she was anxious to be in transition and ready to meet her baby. before we knew it, the rest of her water released, the HARD labor started and boom, she was complete. the dr was still 20 minutes out, which was ashame because sarah was NOT waiting for his arrival to push. believe me, we were not about to tell her to wait! before we knew it sarah had completed the most beautiful natural labor in about 4 hrs. baby william is a teeny little thing weighing only 5.15lbs and 19.5 in. in length. about 5 min later the dr walked in with his scrubs in his hands. ha!
there really isn’t a word that i could use to describe my feelings of the whole L&D. sarah had already successfully birthed one child naturally so i knew she could do it, but this was different because she was dealing with the pit. she ended up being hooked up the entire time which just makes her even more of a badass. she powered through the contractions like a calm empowered woman. for last ten minutes she acted exactly how anyone delivering natural does. it was intense but she never lost control. jake was doing and saying exactly what he should have done at all times. he did great and sarah did superb. i was thrilled i got to be there for my friend. i had to thank liam because he arrived before midnight which put me in home to bed by 3am. i was still able to get a few hours sleep before yesterday’s wedding. thanks buddy, aunt mel appreciates it! i can’t wait to see your family of four in action. lily is going to be a great big sister. love you guys.