A long day of induction made easier by an epidural, she quickly progressed
to 8cm and suddenly felt a lot more pressure. A few contractions later and
only an anterior lip of the cervix remained. For her first time, I
emphasized how great she was doing, and that moving the baby down is the
hardest work of all. The women surrounding her were so excited, cheering
her on, guessing what time the baby would come. Each of those times passed,
the women feeling frustrated. But the laboring woman was clearly in the zone and in power.
Slowly the head progressed, in the more difficult position of occiput
anterior, where the back of the head is directly against her pubic bone. She pushed like a champ. Cord was around the neck once, easily reduced, and the baby quickly into mom’s arms.
The nurse in attendance had been a midwife in her home country, and shared
kind words about this beautiful birth.
Her first birth. My first birth as an independent midwife, now doing it on my own, reminded that she and I are in it together, and neither of us are ever alone.