This birth was a quick one. She had done the majority of her laboring at home. Her doula, Kasaundra, messaged me to tell me that they were heading in and that she was feeling “shaky,” which can be an indicator of transition. We all headed out and arrived at the hospital at the same time.
As Kasaundra and I were walking up to the hospital doors, Raquel and her husband were up at the front unloading their car and heading in. Raquel was getting consistent contractions, so Kasaundra helped provide hip squeezes on the way to the room, while her husband parked the car and found his way back to the room.
The lighting in the room was so dreamy. It was around 4pm and her contractions were coming only a few minutes apart. With help, she was undressed and put in a hospital gown. The midwife did a cervical check and determined that she was complete.)
With a swarm of nurses preparing, doulas doing hip squeezes, midwives helping apply counter pressure and someone trying to place an IV, it got hectic quick. But the support for this mama was unreal. Her husband stood by her side every second of the way.
She felt the urge to push, but with her monitors on and IV placed, she wanted to get in a more comfortable position. With the help of her doula and the midwives, she turned to her hands and knees to push.
Shortly after, he was born and placed into his mother’s hands. He was handed to his dad, and taken to the bassinet to do measurements while his mom received some after birth care.
Soon afterwards, he was reunited with his mother. You could tell that both parents were simply infatuated by their fourth son.