a beautiful beginning: grace kathryn ezmae’s birth story.

Molly and Steve had a bit of a rough road getting to this point, and when couples go through multiple losses, it makes the successful pregnancy that much more treasured. And when they finally met their long awaited baby girl for the first time, it was nothing short of amazing:)

Molly actually went into labor on her due date. She started having some signs of early labor around midnight on 9.13.14, but she wasn’t sure if things would progress at that point or not. She tried (and failed) to sleep a bit, but it wasn’t long before the cramping got worse and she needed to call her doula. I got an initial “this might be real labor” text around 2:15am. Her doula ended up getting to her house around 3am and she labored at home for a couple of hours before going to the hospital around 5:30am. She checked in at 2cm, but her water broke and she was 4cm within an hour of being there. It was the real deal!

Steve texted me at 7:30am and said to grab some breakfast and head up to the hospital. When I got there, Molly was in a lot of pain and very focused. Her contractions were strong and they were coming every 1-2 minutes so she wasn’t getting any breaks in between. At that point, we all thought she was probably 8-9cm already, but unfortunately a check by her doctor around 10:30am confirmed she was only 6cm. Since her contractions were coming too fast, she was finding it impossible to relax enough to let her body open. She was reaching her breaking point, but both her doctor and her doula suggested getting in the tub to see if that would help. And sure enough it did – she was almost complete within an hour! She really didn’t have to push that long for a first-time mom until her baby GIRL (they didn’t find out the gender ahead of time) was placed in her arms. Little Grace was born at 12:42pm and weighed in at 7lbs 2oz, 20″.

Molly I’m so proud of you for sticking it out and having the natural labor & delivery you hoped for. Although there were several animated “I can’t do this anymore” and “I feel like I’m dying” screams, she never once asked for an epidural 😉 Steve was an amazing support and was so attentive the entire time. You guys made a great team! Congrats on your beautiful baby girl!

Love, Kelly


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