A Beautiful Beginning: Kennedy Rose’s Birth Story.

A diagnosis of preeclampsia half way through her third trimester meant Jenny was to be induced by 37wks for not only the health of her but also the safety of the baby. A few days before her scheduled induction her HBP and protein in urine were too concerning to wait. With an almost complete 12 hr cervidil induction to ease her in, she had a spontaneous water break. So the good news was that baby girl was ready to come out too. With her body progressing on its own, she thankfully avoided pitocin and only received fluids. I was very impressed with how quickly she was moving along with it being her first delivery and after dinner headed in because her doula, Molly, had said she was contracting close together and stopped talking through which typically dictates about 6cm. I walked into some wonderfully deep moaning and swaying. Those moans got deeper, louder and longer which just made me grin and my heart skip a beat. It’s just so beautiful and empowering watching a mama work through the pain so gracefully. Like an old pro, she pushed so well that she pulled Kennedy up onto her chest after just an hr. A 6#11oz. and 19.5″ a beautifully healthy little gal laid there all kind of alert as the midwives inspected Jenny’s placenta that told a completely different story. The damage from high blood pressure wasn’t even the concern, it was the very rare velamentous cord insertion! Long story short, her cord was attached to the placenta in the wrong location and multiple scenarios could have and should have happened, all leading to infant fatality, ON TOP of the preeclampsia concern. But like her midwife said, someone up above was looking out that day because the odds were stacked against Kennedy. So can I get an AMEN!?!

Baby girl stayed sweetly skin to skin the first hour plus before nursing. But as soon as they moved her from Jenny, she finally started to show off those big girl lungs. Those cries! I love it!! Great work Mommy and you too, Kenny! I love an active husband during labor! I’m glad that I was able to capture some of his wincing so Jenny could see how he hurt right along side her as she lived in labor land. Adorable. Congrats all around! Thanks for having me!

Love, Melanie.

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