March 29, 2010
More like this, please?
I witnessed the most beautiful, serene birth of my career last night. Wonderful couple, Bradley trained. Can I just say I love, love, love the Bradley method? She wanted a serene, quiet birth without unnecessary interventions, wanted to be free to move, and to deliver in the position that felt right to her...and that's what she got. She wasn't in-your-face, anti-hospital, or defensive like some people can be. She knew situations could arise that interventions could become necessary. She worked with us, not against us. Her view was that birth doesn't have to be the most painful thing a woman goes through. She said to me "I learned in Bradley classes that you have to train. If someone told you that you would be running a marathon in 9 months, you wouldn't sit around, you would train. So that's what I did. I trained for labor". She walked, moved around, squatted to deliver. Her doc had no problems with her birth plan, and gently helped her deliver her baby without tearing. Soft lighting, soft music, very supportive husband. I mean, this guy was awesome. He helped her stay relaxed, kissed her forehead, fed her oranges and gave her water. And mom, she decided as she was pushing to lay back after squatting for awhile, to give her legs a break. She then said "I'm too relaxed this way" and moved back to the squatting position and with one push her baby was crowning. After the contraction was done, the baby's head still crowning, she was talking to us, laughing...all while her baby's head was half way out of her vagina. Then with the next contraction, she delivered the head, and the rest of the baby came after. It was amazing. No need for IV fluids, a SL in place should it become necessary (but never needed), no IV pitocin after placenta was delivered. Skin to skin contact, baby moved herself to her mother's breast to nurse, all interventions/medications for the baby were deferred during this time, with a Leboyer bath that followed 1 1/2 hour later. Daddy supported his baby's head while she kicked and looked around at her new world, relaxing in a warm bath of water. After the bath, the baby was fully assessed, meds given while with the parents...baby will probably never spend anytime in the nursery. Really, there should be more births like this one.