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Mom at 7+ centimeters, walking in the Meditation Garden at the hospital. She is working towards a VBAC, has had AROM, has a saline lock in place on her left wrist, is wearing a Telemetry Unit (see it on the lower right of the picture, hanging like a purse off her shoulder) that continuously monitors the baby via the external belts as if she were sitting in the bed and is enjoying the company of her family, her monitrice, her husband, her doctor and the sun, wind and sky.


They wanted to put her in a hospital gown when we first got there, but she had that cute black top on. I suggested a sarong, but she didn't have one. I carry two so's I can help with mal-positioned babies during labor, so offered her the Mickey one or the non-Mickey one; she chose the non-Mickey one. She looks so much better dressed like this than in a hospital gown, don't you think? All women should dress in tank tops and sarongs in labor. Let's make hospitals carry sarongs, eh?

The laboring mom and me, the Tie-Dyed Monitrice.

The laboring mom and Dr. Wonderful! He's actually hugging the mom - and hugged all of us several times. He isn't afraid of getting "too attached" to his patients, obviously. I honestly believe he is a midwife in obstetrician's clothing. I am so blessed to know this man!

Mom did have a successful VBAC - 10 hours after her AROM with about an hour of pushing. She was told she would never be able to push out any sized child, yet pushed out an Occiput Posterior baby without any bony damage to either herself or her baby. Imagine that! Don't you love when women prove OBs wrong?!

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Reader Comments (15)

What a wonderful story and beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing.

June 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBebu

I'm on the edge of my seat! I can't wait to read more! Congrats, congrats, congrats to this Mama!

June 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterI am a Monkey's Momma

Not pg, but I spent the last two weeks in tank tops and sarongs- vacation in FL. Oh, how I love sarongs! Where did you find sarongs that will fit around pg bellies??? (Says the plus size chick) And Dr Wonderful is a bit of a Dr McDreamy too, isn't he? Rawr!

June 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That is one euphoric looking woman for being 7 cm! Kudos Ms. Monitrice and congrats to Mama, sounds like a lovely birth all around.


June 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Not only does the momma look happy...but you look fantastic NG Midwife!! I'm wishing my hospital had a garden to meander through...but I'll content myself with the fact that they have bathtubs (not to birth in though). As my estimated date of arrival draws closer I found the pictures of this mom so inspiring. Her energy and attitude is something to strive for...thanks to both of you for sharing!

June 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJo

wow! two fab OBs in just over a year. what a miracle!!!

June 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNOLABarb

I am estatic to hear that things went so wonderfully for her!!! Way to go all of you....

June 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSunshine

That is the most beautiful picture of a laboring mom I've ever seen. Want a sarong, where do you get one? I'm 29 weeks pregnant with my hopefully 6th born child (had 3 mc's). I have labored without IV's but usually stay in the room and roam, or shower because I have fast babies and have this fear of having baby in the hallway (ick). I had the last 3 within 2 hours of being at the hospital...the last 2 without doctor present because I went from 4 cm-10cm within a short time. Anyway, I would love to flip out my OB by wearing a beautiful tank and sarong. I usually change into my own PJ's right away because they are more comfortable anyway.


June 27, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I lurk here all the time but just had to comment on this one... I just VBACed a 10 pound 2 oz baby boy and except for the fact that I labored into the early morning and it is the dead of winter here the rest of the story is almost exactly the same! Yay for awesome Obs and even better supporting midwives as well as the very comfy tank top!

June 28, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkatef

I get my sarongs at spas or at water parks. They are always huge enough for even when I was really fat. I love them! They would go around even the most pregnant belly, and even if they didn't, two can be tied together easily and those could go around beautifully. They are cheap (inexpensive) as crap, too... maybe $16? All cotton, so you can throw them in the washer. And who cares if it runs the colors, right? I have three of them, but think I am going to get more now. Maybe I should sell them at the office!

June 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Mom looks so happy and glowing in those pictures! Glad to hear she had a successful VBAC.

(The heplock looks a little out of place though....otherwise, she looks like she's just out for a stroll)

June 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAtYourCervix

This mama is the most wonderful person in the world. The birth experience was nothing short of amazing... life changing...

I just want to thank mama for giving me another beautiful child that i will cherish forever.


June 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Ahhhh, but you, too, were nothing short of amazing!! Without your love and support, she never would have succeeded. For that, I love you, too.


June 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

That mama in those pictures is my best friend in the whole world ---and the strongest, most beautiful woman I know.

I am so proud of her for sticking to her guns and having this baby the way she wanted and God intended....naturally.

Thank you all for helping make her miracle happen.

July 6, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLorie

Mom must be contagious...you're glowing, the Doc is glowing...everyones glowing.
I thought that was just an everyday picture the first time I looked at it, and I thought the Doc was Papa, and you look like the lady next door, (or mom) in the pictures.

July 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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