Well, looks like I’ve gone and left the blog unattended again! So sorry about that, everyone. Life has been amazing and busy since my last post. Between prenatals, the holidays, starting my classes, and two births on the day after Christmas (!), I haven’t had any time to write things down! I began my classes at the Midwive’s College of Utah yesterday, and am so excited to be learning more every day about pregnancy, birth, and babies.
On December 26, 2012, I woke up in Tucson to a phone call from Diane down in Bisbee telling me to get my tush back down there because both Alyssa and Teresa were in labor! What a welcome and surprising Christmas present, since Teresa wasn’t due for another couple days and Alyssa a couple weeks! Alyssa was the first to have her baby, at around 3:00 pm. A little girl named Talia, born at home in the water. Alyssa was in such a great labor daze, completely oblivious to everything but her baby and her birth. Right after little Talia was out, I rushed over to the Birth Center to check on Teresa, who was about 5 cm dilated at the time, and spent the afternoon and evening with her as she worked to bring a little boy, Rafael, into the world. She was such a fabulous pusher, bearing down effectively with every push. Awesome to see.
It was so enlightening to see two births in one day. It really allowed me to see how different two labors can be. Where Alyssa just squeezed our hands, Teresa used her husband and myself to pull herself up and engage her entire body with each contraction. Where Teresa didn’t particularly care for being in the water, Alyssa reveled in it.
Now we are waiting on another three moms who are due this month and could go into labor at any moment! I’m gaining so much knowledge and experience with every birth, and love this profession more and more every day. My New Year’s Resolution? Help as many moms as I can to have happy, healthy, informed births in the coming year. Cheers!