Her partner was quiet, standing in the corner, and her protective mother and mother-in-law were hovering out of love and need-to-do-something.
As the head started descending, I broke from my usual hands-off approach and protected her vagina against the FSE, placed well before my shift started. A primip, an effective epidural, and a large baby gave us all plenty of time to get to know each other.
After a quick reduction of the nuchal cord as the supportive mothers broke down into heavy tears, the baby arrived. I barely had my sterile gown off before the grandmothers hugged me. At the same time. It was great.