Dear Friends & Family,
Thank you for your many prayers. As you know, I asked you to pray that I’d be able to deliver our baby naturally, and the Lord has answered graciously and amazingly. Our initial doctor said she was unwilling to give me the opportunity to birth naturally so I looked elsewhere and was finally able to find one doctor who was willing to give me that chance. But if I was going to succeed in doing this naturally, I needed a doula to help. At the very last minute, the Lord connected me with a doula who proved to be just right for what I needed.
On the day that I gave birth, I woke up at 4 am and couldn’t go back to sleep. Later that morning, I began to feel contractions every 8 minutes or so, and then 7 minutes apart. At about 2 o’clock that day I called my doula and she said to monitor and to give her a call later when it was getting stronger. By late afternoon, I was about 3 to 4 minutes apart. Our friends came to pick up the kids to take care of them while we were at the hospital. The doula came, and we labored for about an hour at home. Then my water broke and we hurriedly went to the hospital, where I found out I was already 9 cm dilated and wanting to push. The doctor arrived shortly after that and checked me. I was 10 cm and ready to go. Soon after that, our baby popped out his head, opened his eyes and looked around. Then his body all came out. He was beautiful. I held him and fed him right away while the doctor gave me a few stitches. The baby and I were doing well since we had no drugs during the birth, so we came home less than 24 hours later.