Early in the morning, I received a text from Abigail that her water had broken. She wasn't even 38 weeks yet so I was surprised. Her first baby had come well past her estimated due date! I was prepared to get to her hospital as soon as it was time and we waited. And waited. I got a couple updates throughout the day, but nothing much was going on. I had a feeling things would pick up overnight so I went to sleep early and sure enough, I got another text a couple hours later that they were heading into the hospital.
When I got there, after receiving some very poor directions and knocking on the wrong door, I made it to their room. My first thought when I saw Abigail was that she was coping really well and her contractions were very short. She was sitting on a birthing ball and I set my equipment up.
The mood was very happy and peaceful. Joel, her husband, supported her during this time. He seemed hesitant at first, but got more comfortable as the contractions kept coming.
After several contractions, I mentioned to her that maybe a position change would encourage her contractions to pick up. They were only coming about every five minutes or so and were lasting less than a minute. She stood up and it was immediately clear that standing was helping things progress.
Shortly after, Abigail's mom arrived. She was such an amazing support to Joel and Abigail for the remainder of the birth. She has attended the births of all of her grandchildren and is also a nurse.
It had only been about an hour or two after I arrived that Abigail was ready for the tub. Once she got in, her face relaxed and she seemed to find relief. Things didn't slow down, though, and a short time later, she was vocalizing through contractions. Between contractions, she was still smiling and happy.
Briana, their midwife, was such an amazing and calming presence. I highly recommend OMG Women's Healthcare.
It was only a few more contractions and a lot of burning before Theodore was born!
This is moment she found out his name would be Theodore, after her late husband.
Thank you both so much for inviting me to document the birth of your little one. It was truly an honor!