Sophia’s birth was entirely unlike what I was planning. This is just a fact, not a complaint… as I hold my beautiful baby, nothing matters except that she is here.
Her story begins with my water breaking at 9.30 on Wednesday night. Finally. We drove to the birth center an hour later. For the next few hours, I labored quietly in a lovely room there. Around 7am Thursday morning we switched to the birth pool, and by noon, I was fully dilated. Unfortunately, it wasn’t easy to push Sophia out, even though she was already quite low. As the afternoon continued, we tried a variety of different positions and techniques, without further progress. By 7pm it was getting close to 24 hours since my water broke, and we had to consider the option of transferring to a hospital. At 9pm we decided it would be best to transfer while Sophia and I were still in good condition… the midwives were checking her heartbeat every few minutes to make sure it stayed strong.
When we arrived at CMC Pineville, the hospital was locked down with a “code pink,” but after a few minutes they unlocked the doors and let us in. Although I’m a huge advocate of unassisted childbirth, I opted for an epidural because my body was exhausted. The epidural gave me a chance to rest for about an hour before starting to push again around 1am. Two hours later, Sophia was born, and we couldn’t have been happier to see her! She leapt into the world, making up for lost time, and greeted us with loud cries from a set of surprisingly powerful lungs. Our little girl was completely healthy, even after being poked and prodded for so many hours during labor. It turned out that the cord was wrapped twice tightly around her neck, which might have been part of the difficulty giving birth.
We marvel at what a work of art she is, so carefully formed by our Creator… truly the greatest blessing we’ve been given in this world.
I am still finding out how many people were praying for us during my long labor! Those prayers were incredibly effective – I have no doubt that G-d’s strength was the reason we made it though the entire time to a successful delivery without serious complications. He gave me endurance far beyond my capacity. There was a moment when I felt like G-d wasn’t listening, just because things weren’t working out the way I wanted, but He was in control all along… and His plan is perfect, far better than mine.
I love my baby! She fills my heart with love and gratitude for such a gift.