The longer we shoot births, the more it’s apparent how every baby and birth is different. Yes, we see a lot of scenarios happen repeatedly, but often we realize that no one can be an expert or predict birth. A week overdue, Lara had been walking around 5cm for at least a couple weeks. No regular contractions. That statement always baffles people because most didn’t know you can be so dilated and not be in active labor. Crazy, huh? They finally decided to induce her at 8:30am on Tues. I told her I would come at 6-7cm, like always, and to just keep in touch. At 11:30 they were checking her and to their surprise she was 7-8cm! Thankfully I had already divided my kids among babysitters and was able to jump in the car immediately. I was half way there, driving exceptionally fast on the highway when DING! went my phone. “She’s ready to push!” Gahhhh. In less than 15min she progressed the last 3cm and was pushing. At her first birth, I arrived at 7cm and was there for a handful of hours before Katherine arrived. Every birth is so different! And to help this time, she didn’t get an epidural, so labor wasn’t slowed down. Literally sprinting from the Mothership to her L&D room, I was SO bummed to hear fresh cries as I was just a few doors away. NOOOO!
William was a big guy at 8.13lbs, 21″ and had a little shoulder dystocia coming out so they whisked him to the warmer to be assessed, which is what I walked into. And also a very relieved Lara and an emotional Derek.I think Derek was more shook up from the wild experience than Lara was and she was certain she was going to die during that ring of fire. HA! Thank God William’s collar bones weren’t damaged when he was coming out and all was well with him. Lara’s sister and mom rushed in just behind me, in just as much disbelief as the rest of us. I’m happy you had the natural birth you wanted even though that last 15min you were mad the room was allowing it to happen…though it truly was what you wanted! HA! AND you looked stinkin’ amazing all the way through?! Congrats on that white haired beauty!