Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Door-to-Door Baby Delivery

Time for a quick synopsis of how the birth went down last night.  With Josh we ended up having the baby at Sibley Hospital, JUST getting there in time for delivery (thanks to a harrowing drive up the shoulder of 395 in traffic).  Alex was born at Birthcare in Alexandria as we decided to use a midwife group for a more natural birth experience.  Lori delivered Alex in one of the rooms at Birthcare (very plush rooms that resemble a hotel room).  It felt like we were having the baby at home.  This time we took the next step and worked with Birthcare again in a planned home birth.

Lori texted me early in the AM yesterday to change the baby threat level from yellow to orange.  I immediately notified my client that I may need to leave early.  Later in the day Lori emailed me and told me to leave an hour early.  When I got home she was already having low to medium strength contractions every 5 minutes or so.  I took the kids (who were taking things well and thought Mommy just wasn't feeling well) and we had some makeshift dinner and then played the Wii a bit while Lori tried to rest upstairs.  

Around 6:30 I called both the midwife and the doula (a doula is a birth coach who assists in the birthing process) and they headed out from their respective homes.  Regina, the midwife on call, arrived about 20 minutes later.  She went up to assist Lori while I kept the kids occupied.  I then proceeded with the nightly routine of milk, bathtime and storytime for Josh and Alex.  Kelly (our doula who helped deliver the two boys) showed up around 7:30 and went upstairs to assist as well.   After I put the kids down (with several repeat visits to scold Alex into staying in his bed), Kelly, Regina and I were ready to help Lori through labor.

I won't get into all the details of labor itself.  I'll just state that my wife is the strongest woman I know and was able to power through seriously painful contractions without any drugs at all.  She has now delivered three babies completely naturally and I am immensely proud of her will and commitment in what are her three greatest achievements in life.  As with Alex's birth, I kept my focus on Lori's head throughout the final stages of labor (I cannot bear to watch what was going on down south as I probably would have fainted).  When Rebecca came out I immediately looked to the cable box which keeps official time and noted 9:18 as the time of birth.  Kelly and Regina claim the actual time was 9:19 so I differ to the professionals.  

One of the advantages of home birth was delivering in our bedroom (Kelly and Regina made sure to cover everything with surgical pads to contain the ensuing mess).  About 10-15 minutes after delivery, we turned on the Capitals/Penguins game to watch a 4-4 tie going into overtime.  The Caps won and put a capper on a fantastic night (Kelly is a big Caps fan and was excited as well).  We then stayed in bed, ordered pizza and watched 24 on DVR late into the night.  Going to bed around 3:00 AM we only had a few hours of sleep before the kids got up.

Josh and Alex are both fascinated with Rebecca.  Josh keeps saying "awww she's so cute" and they both wore their "Big Brother" shirts to school today.  Right now I am blogging and Mom and baby are sleeping.  I plan on doing the grocery shopping today for a change and may go back to work for a little bit tomorrow when Grandma and Grandpa come over for their weekly visit with the boys.  I took a great video of Josh and Alex's first reaction to meeting Rebecca.  I will try to post it over the next few days.

I fully recommend a home birth to anyone interested.  I wasn't sure how it would all work out if the midwives brought their equipment to our house but it couldn't have gone more smoothly.  It was so nice not having to get in the car at all and wonderful to be able to relax in our own bed afterwards.  Also, the timing was picture perfect as Josh and Alex slept through the whole delivery and awoke to a new baby sister.  We were hoping for a night-time delivery so we didn't have to call someone to pickup the kids and we completely lucked out.  Rebecca really came at the perfect time.

Thanks to all for the warm wishes and congratulations.  I am thrilled to have a little girl in our family.


Mommy, Esq. said...

My favorite part about this story was that Lori told me she really wanted to have the baby while the boys were sleeping so they could have a normal bedtime and wake up to a new little sister. Damn, girl, you really can plan these things!

Lynn said...

And I'm really thrilled to have a granddaughter!!

T. said...

Awesome story! So happy for you guys and best wishes to the whole family!!

Unknown said...

Congrats, Lori is my hero!

Noelle said...

I don't know, I was pretty entertained by the story of Josh's birth, and the mental imagery associated with said harrowing experience. Congratulations, in all honesty I don't care how she got here I'm just glad she's here!! I'm glad everyone is healthy, and I can't wait to come and meet Rebecca!