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Aug152007

A Birth Unfolds in Photos & Words

Needing to change to a hospital birth late in pregnancy, my client was able to change to Dr. Wonderful who works at one of the two Baby-Friendly hospitals in our city. His promise to help her have a marvelous natural birth in the hospital wasn't bullshit; his words are Truth.

This first picture, however, demonstrates what occurred when mom was admitted to the hospital. The baby's baseline fetal heart tones were about 100, albeit somewhat reactive. FHTs during the pregnancy were 140's-150's, so 100's were somewhat disconcerting. Dr. Wonderful was called in.

This photo shows mom's sister laying on hands and giving loving energy. Mom is talking to the baby, letting her know she is safe and all is well... dad, as we can see, is concerned, but hanging in there. Mom has oxygen on her and technology all around.


The (wonderful, amazing) nurse (we had) did a vaginal exam and found mom to be 3 cm. The nurse and I began preparing mom for a cesarean - physically and emotionally. I explained the cesarean procedure, the epidural... and the nurse said the anesthesiologist would do a spinal because the spinal would be faster... and I explained things to dad, tried to get his garb for him to put on, but we were busy getting consents signed and all. Waiting for the doctor seemed endless. Fetal heart tones were dipping into the 90's and not getting any higher than 110 with accelerations. I kept calm, but was clear and sharp with the information.

My dear doctor was on the phone at the nurse's station when I went out to go ask his ETA and our nurse said, "Do you want to talk to him?" and I emphatically said, "YES!" before the other nurse hung up and said he was on his way in.

Dr. Wonderful floated into the room like a silk scarf on perfumed air, filled with more confidence and hope than I carried - more like a midwife than I was at that moment.

He did a vaginal exam and immediately, the baby's heart rate jumped to 148! She loved his touch on her head. Oh, and how I did, too. Mom had also progressed to 6 cm. in the last 30 minutes. Amazing!

Tears fell from my eyes as I watched the baby's heart rate settle back down into the low 100's (90's/100's) and the doctor suggested taking a whiff of oxygen every few minutes when she felt like it instead of keeping it on all the time like she had been. He also told her she didn't have to lie on her left side... to move wherever she wanted to - oh, how she wanted to be on her hands and knees! He said the baby was just low, having a vagal response and there was no need for a cesarean at all.

And me, thinking he needed a scalpel. How precipitous I would have been as a surgeon! Thank the goddess it wasn't me making that decision.

The entire labor, my client was extremely vocal, so much so that at one point, the people next door banged on the wall, presumedly to make her be quiet. She, so high in her Laborland (her word), made passing notice, "What's that?" - not, "Oh, am I too loud?" I was so friggin' amused, I joined her howls, getting even louder than her for a few contractions lest she be worried at all about the sounds (she wasn't). No nurse came in to tell her/us to be quiet - that she was scaring the other women or that she was using all her energy in the wrong way or anything. She just howled her baby on down. Yummy!

And so mom moves onto her hands and knees... squats at times, rocks at times... even once jumped up onto her haunches from hands and knees!

I love, Love, LOVE this photo. It speaks of the beauty a hospital birth can actually attain when given a chance with the right doctors, nurses and hospital. And supportive midwife as doula.

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Because we thought she would need a cesarean, we had mom take off her gorgeous Hawaiian dress and mom was then naked. The great nurse handed mom a hospital gown once mom knew she was going to stay laboring in that room and she promptly took the gown, put it in front of her and puked all over it. I thought I was going to pee in my pants from laughing so hard. No one ever offered her another gown.


Dr. Wonderful and Nurse Fantastic are seen below with mom as she feels her baby's head as it descends into her vagina. The doctor is on her left side, on the bed; the nurse, kneeling on the floor. Most of the time, I was where the nurse was, but occassionally moved to take photos. Notice that mom's belts have been removed... this is easily many, many minutes before the birth. We/I held the monitor to her belly instead of her having to contend with the strap at the end. I held the monitor on her belly for most of labor so she was able to move around, too. I much prefer hand cramps to a mom's immobilization.

Mom had a couple of exams. The nurse asked to do an exam when mom had an urge to push, but I discouraged it, so she went away. When mom thought she was pushing, I asked her to feel for herself and she felt for the head and it was, indeed there. I couldn't see (my head was down under her, lying on the bed), so Dr. Wonderful just rested his hand on her perineum for one second and said, "Yup, baby's right there," and removed his hand.


I was inches away from mom's perineum as the baby was coming towards the earth and this was the last photo right before Dr. Wonderful put his hands in the way and covered the head as the baby was being born. (I'm going to have to speak to him about that!) This series of minute forward motion head shots is so incredible because I can see the capillaries stretching/breaking in mom's vulva as the head descends. Who knew all that happened!

The baby girl, tightly squeezing out... her head had been suffused, so her body is quite white. The doctor does have gloves on, but they are surgical gloves, so it almost looks like he doesn't have any on at all. He is not pulling her at all, but allowing her to come out all on her own. He is very gentle on "his" babies... allowing them to do their own thing and never pulling on them. In fact, I was more concerned about a stuck shoulder than he was. He smiled at me when I put the camera down and asked if he needed help. I'm laughing at how funny that must have sounded to him now, but at the time - and how accessible he is to me - it doesn't sound absurd at all. He just smiled and the baby came out nice and slow... slipping out roll by roll by roll... all 8 pounds 8 ounces of her.

Before the baby was born, the nurse came up to me and asked, "Does mom and dad want Vitamin K and Erythromin for the baby?" and I answered they did not and thanks for asking. She didn't bat an eye and nothing more was said about it. When things got closer, I let mom and dad know things had already been covered regarding the baby. They were glad they didn't have to do it. Me, too! How cool to have a nurse come to me, eh?

Because the baby had a tight squeeze and because there was a goodly sized caput, I was wondering if the baby might not need Vitamin K after all. Dr. Wonderful checked the baby over and said, "Nahhhh, she's fine."

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Do you see the doctor in this picture? He's the one not in scrubs. The one in the yellow shirt.

Dad wasn't sure about catching, was going to help me catch when we were having a homebirth, but wasn't so sure about it at the hospital. Once there, though, I'd talked him into helping the doc and even had him practice washing his hands with the fancy foot soap and water thingie at the sink. Once the doctor was there, though, he was more nervous, but as things got closer, I put my midwife voice on and said, "You will only birth this child ONE TIME, so I HIGHLY suggest..." and that was as far as I needed to go before he jumped up and washed his hands and got ready to help the doc catch his baby.

The picture below is the beautiful photo of dad (who does NOT have gloves on, thank goodness!) assisting Dr. Wonderful with his newborn daughter.


In 24 years and 8 months of assisting women in birth in the hospital, I have never seen a woman birth on hands and knees. I've never seen an OB or a CNM allow a woman to birth in the hands and knees position. I have never seen an OB do a vaginal exam on a woman in any position except on her back until this birth when this doctor did a vaginal exam with mom on her hands and knees. I actually wondered if he could even find her vagina with her on her hands and knees! He didn't have any problems at all. Shocking. I think I've seen a CNM do a vaginal exam on a woman in an "alternative" position maybe 20 times in all these years, so even that is a sad commentary. I tell women I can find their vagina or fetal heart tones if they are hanging from chandeliers! How did I get so good at it? PRACTICE!

Anyway, so here my client has her baby on her hands and knees... her husband helps the doc catch and it is amazingly wonderful, but now mom needs to see her new daughter. How does that happen?

In most hospital worlds (as if any of the above would have happened in the first place), the cord would be cut, mom would be flipped over, the bed would be broken, mom would have her feet placed in the stirrups so she could have her vagina checked and she'd get her baby that way.

Instead, Dr. Wonderful, who's not wearing scrubs and only a pair of surgical gloves, doesn't cut the cord and knows how important it is to just give mom her kidlet says, "Okay, mom... here comes your daughter... ready?" And then passes her between her legs.

I love, Love, LOVE that I have this picture! There won't be many times in my life that I will have a photo such as this. This is a DOCTOR (I know, I shouldn't be shocked anymore, should I? But I am. I am mostly shocked that I am blessed to be in the same room and photographing such an awe-inspiring event that brings hope to hospital birth everywhere).

Nothing needs to be said about a mother's love. This picture is my desktop right now. I think this is one of the best pictures I have ever done showing a mother and child. I get shivers just looking at it! The shadows are perfect, the lights... the IV... all of it... her daughter isn't even 3 minutes old in this picture.

I end the series with a tender surprise photo I took of Dr. Wonderful with my client. He embraced her, then she him. He with tears in his eyes and both of them whispering thanks to each other.

To have witnessed the cruelty and evil of so many other (un)care providers in over two decades of birth work, I splash in the absolute pleasure of experiencing birth in a hospital with my guard down, not worrying about saving my client from having her birth plan ripped to shreds or having her baby taken from her by Child Protective Services for being one of "those" mothers. There's always so much to watch out for in the hospital... we all have to be Cerberus to feel safe (and even that isn't nearly enough, now is it?).

So, it just seemed so important to demonstrate how it CAN be. It might not be for anyone else in the world but this one mom - or the moms who get this one amazing doctor - but if this one man can exist, then there is hope in hospital birth. It doesn't mean hospital birth replaces homebirth at all. My client needed to birth in the hospital for a very serious reason and she was so amazingly gracious about moving to the hospital to deliver there. So, if some women do have to deliver in the hospital... isn't it a good thing to have hope?

I live for hope.

Baby Madeline Joyous was born August 12, 2007 at 2:41 am after 6 hours of labor.

She is gorgeous!

(more pics of the baby to come when I take some)

Reader Comments (92)

Wow. Just Wow. :D

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I am *truly* amazed.

If only more doctors would conduct themselves such a professional, caring manner.

I'm so glad that you have found this man...hold on tight to this one!

Angela

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterI am a Monkey's Momma

OH Barb! Tears in my eyes beautiful photo blog....sigh. Those photos speak volumes and your words add even more tenderness to the story.

So glad to have mothers experience this tenderness through a docs, through a midwives through an unassisted, and even *gasp* have seen mothers experience this tenderness through a cesarean...

Birth can be spectactular and spiritual in any setting.

Lovely....

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSunshine

I love that photo of mom and doc. I never, never saw such postbirth intimacy between caregiver and carereciever. The doc usually gives a quick congrats after checking the perineum and then off they go before anyone even realizes they left. You are blessed to see a truly different breed of hospital birth- not just staff 'humoring' mom. This is the sort of thing I gave up on ever seeing. Thanks for having hope and showing me what could be possible.

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLaborpayne

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!

The mom on knees w/monitors strapped on should be a POSTER in every hospital delivery room.

I thought I couldn't be more amazed than with the pic of doc sitting on the side of the bed.

Then I saw him sliding babe to mom. I still can't wrap my head around that. There are no words.

Can we clone him & my doc (along with their nurses?)

Barb

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Just looked at photos again, especially the last one...doc is *birth high*. How many docs ever feel that amazing feeling?

Barb

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My goodness, I am speechless. I have tears welling in my eyes. This is hope, hope unfurled in one mama, one baby, and one doctor helping to grace the world with the touch of love and trust.
I hope you sent him this birth story. and send him our comments.
And they were all so blessed to have your energy there as well and your talent for capture the miracle of birth in photos.
this made my day!
xoxo

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh

Yeah, that last photo is spectacular.

You know, I gave birth to my baby on hands and knees in the hospital. The midwife (CNM) just had me lift my leg to turn over and receive my daughter (she didn't cut the cord until I said ok). Of course, I was already pushing when I arrived at the hospital, so there was little they could do to influence me - I was FOCUSED. In retrospect, it's pretty funny to me that I even had the presence of mind to refuse the hospital jonny and put on my own gown.

I didn't realize how rare this is. (I'm still having my next one at home, in six weeks or so.)

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHolly

My 6 year old daughter has been fascinated with these photos. :) :) :)

I'm thrilled...Dr. Wonderful, INDEED!

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMama's Kids

I've been writing about my own Doctor Wonderful; I wish these two men could get together, share notes, and then start a conference or something. There is no blessing like a Doc. Wonderful!

AMAZING photos Barb, seriously!

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRedspiral

I'm a regular reader of your blog and admirer of your work. Thanks so much for this story. How beautiful.

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCorin & Davey

Thank you for posting this birth story and showing that a hospital experience can be a good one with the right team. I would like to think that I practice in the same way as an L&D nurse. I am also a childbirth educator and love educating my couples on all of the choices they should have available to them.

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Amazing pictures.

And a story to make anyone cry.

My little two year old loved the "tatatoo" of the sun on the mama.

Cheers to the family and all those present.

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I'm crying here. Just sitting here weeping. As soon as the boy wakes up I'm going to show him these beautiful pictures.

Would Dr. Wonderful ever consider being a homebirth backup for a skittish HBAC dad? (Okay, so the dad won't actually be examined by the doctor, but you know what I mean).

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJess

BEAUTIFUL!
Up to this very moment I couldnt wrap my mind around why a woman would ever chose a male Doc.

Now,If I had to birth in a hospital I would totally want DR. Wonderful there:)
Being a doula would be much less heartbreaking if this were the norm...
Does DR. W know how amazingly unusual he is?

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow Barb - he SURE IS Dr Wonderful!! We need more caring doctors like him. The pictures were all amazing.

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAtYourCervix

Thank you so much for sharing this. And please thank the family as well. I posted a link on my own blog because I really want others to see how beautiful it can be in the presence of a caring MD.

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterElaine

I am a dedicated reader to your blog. However, this is the first time i have felt the needed to write. These is the first time your words made me angry!

In 24 years and 8 months of assisting women in birth in the hospital, I have never seen a woman birth on hands and knees. I've never seen an OB or a CNM allow a woman to birth in the hands and knees position.

Barb...There are MANY CNM's especailly in your community who allow women to birth in the squatting position either at home or the hospital environment.

Shocking. I think I've seen a CNM do a vaginal exam on a woman in an "alternative" position maybe 20 times in all these years, so even that is a sad commentary.

Once again, why are you lumping all CNM into this position of
MED wife? There are CNM's all over the country, and SD county, that are doing SVE in alternative positions on a daily basis. CNM's too can find a woman's cervix while hanging from a chandelier!

It REALLy frustrates me that you are making CNM's sound like the bad guys too. These comments are exactly why there is such a divided line between some CNM's and LM's. There are great CNM's and Great LM's. There are also many LM's out there who practice very medically.

It is degrading for you to make your words sound like you the LM is better than the CNM. That is not fair to any midwife practicing and fighting for all women's birth rights!

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

From a mom who was home-birth all the way until, after 3+ hrs of pushing, I was advised by midwife to birth in the hospital, I thank you for this story.

Because I was not fortunate enough to know the doctors who attended my daughter's birth. Because I was so delirious with pain and so self-absorbed with exhaustion that I didn't care, as long as someone, anyone got IT out of me. Because women need to hear about the good, bad and ugly about hospital births...but especially one so serendipidiously similiar to a home birth. Becase there are NEVER enough powerful photos accompanied with equally powerful words to describe such a life altering occassion for all involved.

I'm going to link this from my blog...I can't help but not.

Lillithmother

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLillithmother

I'm speechless.

One word keeps coming to mind: Glorious!

There aren't enough accolades for the mama and papa, you, your photography, Dr. Wonderful and staff.

Bravo to you all!!! I weep tears of joy for this whole experience. I wish that this entry could be a pamphlet given to pregnant women instead of all the other crapola.

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterrebekah

You can be really angry, but I am speaking of MY experience as seen IN HOSPITALS - NOT as seen in homebirths and I *clearly* stated that as such. CLEARLY. I also did not say *anything* about the squatting position... I said HANDS AND KNEES. Apparently, you need to be angry at me. So, go right ahead, be angry at me for whatever reason you need to be angry at me.

I am absolutely enamored with several CNMs around our county... I turn to them often, learn from them, believe in them, support them and honor them as they work so hard to help women in an environment that must be amazingly challenging at best most of the time.

I recently made a comment that I should go back to school and become a CNM and a CNM told me I was (in a manner of speaking) nuts to even consider it. She told me I would hate it. She told me I would hate being told what to do, how to do it, never have autonomy and not to be able to do birth the way I do now. I defended CNMs and hospital CNM births in that moment and was snickered at by several other homebirth midwives in the room who thought I was crazy to even consider leaving homebirth midwifery.

If you don't know ALL of my story, perhaps you should ask about ALL of my opinions.

I *ADORE* CNMs. I was merely speaking my truth. And there is nothing wrong with that. Just because it doesn't apply to you doesn't mean I am a CNM-hater.

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

You know, I can't get enough of reading this story, and gazing at the pictures. I wish I could have been there. I am so glad that you were!

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

I'm delurking after being an avid reader of your blog for a couple of months to say I am blinking back tears at the overwhelming beauty of this scene. Thank you for sharing this wonderment.
Gwen

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGwenhwyfar

I don't mean to offend. I just wanted you to know, that as a CNM in a local SD hospital. Our CNM's fight daily to use these wonderful tools that midwife are trained through espereience to do. We fight on a daily basis to delivery our babies in varity of positions regardless of "hospital protocals or policies." And many of us would never ask our moms to get on her back so we can check her cervix. Many of us don't even do exams that offen. Just be aware that this is being practiced by CNM's on a daily basis in your own neck of the woods.

I don't want to underestimate the beauty and power of this birth.

Thanks for sharing the story and pictures

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Can Dr. Wonderful please instruct every other doctor and CNM in the country who does births on how to attend women and babies properly?

Do you have any idea how Dr. Wonderful became so wonderful? It's just so rare, I would love to know his story.

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I find it interesting that the CNMs aren't reading what I wrote very accurately, but that's on them. I have not said anything mean about you CNMs at all, but if you want to keep thinking I did, then just keep thinking it. I didn't. Read slower, please.

I love CNMs. I love the CNMs in San Diego. Don't you all know that yet? If not, I need to let you know more clearly, then. I try to let you know every single time I am with any of you!

This piece... this post... is not about CNMs, though and I am kind of tired defending myself against you all when there really is not one reason to.

So, I'm done doing it. This stuff takes away the beautiful energy that should be being poured on the story... the joy of the family, the uniqueness of the doctor (which even CNMs know is true!) and the wonder of those reading the story and sharing it with others.

Let's try and stay positive, eh?

August 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

so beautiful it makes me want to rush off and do it all again. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLia

This is outstanding. Thank you for sharing. I am doing a series on birth for an expecting friend of mine and linked to your post today. She is choosing a hospital birth and I want her eyes to be open to the possibilities. (I wasn't sure how to send a trackback.)

Thanks again!

August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterToni

Ahhh...exhale...

That was glorious.

Thank you for sharing such a uplifting story and such beautiful photos. That was a birth for the record books!

August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

OMG what an amazing story. Who is Dr. Wonderful? I live in San Diego and would love him to attend to my birth if I need a doc. I plan on a midwife but if a need arises...

Gail

August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGail

Gail,

You'd have to contact me personally. I don't want to just put his name out there on the Net. Email me and we can meet in person. My email is found on this site.

August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Wow. I have tears in my eyes..how amazing. I think if my dh ever left me I might have to marry that dr! Just amazing.

August 16, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterzjoandcsmom

Of course this baby's name is Joyous after her incredible birth! How could it be anything else?

August 16, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterreeciebird

I just don't have the words to describe how moved I am by these photos and story.

I think the doctor, besides being obviously high from the experience, looks so grateful to have been a part of it. It's rare enough to find a man who "gets it" when it comes to natural, uninhibited birth; but, to find a doctor this cool and *into* it? It just leaves me speechless.

And, like you said, so very hopeful. Thank you so much for sharing this family's birth with us. I'm so glad for all concerned that no cesarean was needed, and that the experience was joyful for all concerned.

~Aimee in TX

August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

That is so beautiful! I'm about to go through chemotherapy and am told that it might leave me without the ability to get pregnant. I pray and pray that I will be able to get pregnant afterwards so that I can have a beautiful birth like this one, though preferably not in a hospital. But if I can't, I've already been blessed with one beautiful baby girl so I can't complain too much. Thank you for sharing!

August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Not much moves me to tears. This birth story is AMAZING and the picture of the mama and the baby moments after birth turned on my spigot. Thanks for sharing.

August 16, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterlola coca-cola

What a rare and precious jewel this doctor is. I'd have to use his full title, Dr. Totally-Abso Freakin'-Wonderful. Hold him close, NavelGazing! You don't have to kiss his butt, but give it a stroke now and again, heh heh!

Mom must be so proud of herself, and dad too.

I love Dr. TAFreakinW birth high face!

August 16, 2007 | Unregistered Commentermamarose

so very beautifull.
thank you.

August 16, 2007 | Unregistered Commenteruumomma

Heather... have you considered freezing some eggs? (I know, you have probably considered everything, but it never hurts to ask.) If I were young, wanted more kids and facing infertility because of some treatment, I would harvest as many eggs as possible on the off chance of being able to use them later. If *I* couldn't use them later... maybe someone else could carry my eggs later for me? How cool would that be?

Of course, when I was younger, I had a WHOLE lot less $$ and would never have been able to afford harvesting, much less storing my own eggs. But it's a nice thought.

My thoughts are with you. Healthy, whole and complete, Heather... Healthy, whole and complete...

August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Madeline's Grandmama.
Thank you so much for the photos and the story of the birth. I live 3,000 miles away and yet feel as if I were there.
Thank you for putting my precious Bethany in touch with such a gem of a doctor.
Thank you for pushing Jason to be part of the birthing process.
Thank you for bringing all your special gifts to this joyous occasion.
Bless you.

August 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This was an amazing, amazing story and your photographs are spectacular! I love knowing there are doctors like this out there... it must mean there are more on their way, yes? I hope he has many, many interns through the years who will get to observe the way he sees birth.

I understand how some of the CNM's reading could misunderstand a paragraph in your story. I see, reading it carefully, that you are talking about your own in-hospital experiences only, but you might want to clarify it just for the sake of understanding.

I was fortunate to have a CNM at my birth at home. She left the hospital several years ago and is strictly a homebirth CNM now!

Thank you again for this marvelous story.

August 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMargo

Hope, we all need that in this day in age. Beautiful birth! Thank you. Simply. Thank you.

August 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNicole D

Grandmama... It is a joy to know your family! Thank you for sharing them with me. :) Your birthing and raising had much to do with her grace and beauty in her experience. (With permission, I would love to share.)

Margo: I'm not clarifying anything. I'm hoping the annoyed will wait for another post to share their anger on. I think it does no care provider any good to hijack the great feelings and comments in order to prove something we already know is true.

I guess I need to write a 25-page list of how CNMs have been great in my life and how much I love them. Even though I never said a negative thing about them in the first place.

Back to feeling great, eh?

Mom and baby are nursing amazingly well, her postpartum is terrific... although I am encouraging her to sit still more. (Isn't that the way when mamas feel so great so soon?) Dad is so proud and loves his baby so very much.

I get to see Dr. Wonderful today. :) I'm taking him a client who needs a second opinion on an infertility issue. I can't wait to tell him about all these comments!!

August 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Perfect. Just perfect.

August 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAgatha

Wow--what a moving story. This really gives me hope. Do you call him "Dr. Wonderful" to his face? He'd probably get a kick out of that! Have you told him how much you appreciate his way of attending births?

August 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRixa

So, so amazing. Tears are falling and all that I can think is how lucky she was to have you and Dr. Wonderful in attendance.

Your photos are just getting better and better too.

Thank you for sharing, I happily shared it with my glorious birth companions.

August 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAllison

OMG! Dr. Wonderful indeed! I think I'll have to do a consult w/ him soon - even though it'll be at least 6 month before we'll be able to TTC again, especially with Peanut's issues.

Wonder what he'll think after taking a look through my records...wanna come along and find out???

Kudos on an absolutely fantastic birth....despite the challenges.

Oh, and as for chemo and infertility.....well I'm proof 2x over that Chemo and Radiation do not necessarily leave one infertile, I concieved so easily both times, it's just scary. Nature finds a way.....

August 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterOpening Pandora

I may not always agree with you but I share your love of birth, your vision to see the beauty in it and the HOPE that there are people working to make hospital birth...birth...and not a procedure.

Dr. Wonderful is truly a blessing to the women of your area. He fits the definition of midwife...he is truly 'with women'. Bless him and all his work, it can't be easy going against the tide as he does.

I'll have to email a picture of my daughter and I immediately after her hospital birth. Not nearly as artistic as yours but once one understands the circumstances it changes perspective a little.

August 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

All this infighting is ridiculous, IMO.
There are thousands of OB's and midwives out there. There are horrible and wonderful OB's, CNM's and LM's. How about all those 'professionals' out there stop nit-picking at each other, it would go a lot farther to the health and well-being of mothers and babies if there can be a meeting of the minds.
Most of us mom's out here don't give a crap about the letters after your name. It is how you treat us, care for us and our precious children that matter.

August 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This is a cool example of how it could/should be in a hospital setting. The photographs documented the story well, too.

I do have a question, though. It is mentioned that the change to a doctor happened late in the pregnancy. However, after seeing how well and natural the whole process was, why wasn't it possible for this birth to happen at home? Why was it necessary to be in the hospital in the first place?

Just curious.

August 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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