One Born Every Minute
One Born Every Minute
This photo was taken minutes after my son Kyle was born and is my first photo of me holding him. Three years later I wish I had more photos of those first few hours and the foresight to capture more of those minutes and early days even more than I did. But in the heat of the moment, there is so much to be overwhelmed with that we always tend to just relish the experience on our own and live in the moment. I had a fast and furious labor with this little cutie - less than a 2 hour labor.
Labors can be unpredictable and scary or easy and routine. I love hearing the birth stories of others. I went the natural childbirth option in the hospital setting by choice and lucky for me my body seemed to want the fast route! And I think my decision to go natural for both children saved their lives as I had complications upon delivery both times due to my small pelvic area and the cords being around their necks. Kyle even managed to make his way out (only 7.0 lbs) only to get shoulder dystocia (where the head is delivered but the rest of the body won’t come out since the shoulder was jammed in my pelvis.) Usually this might happen with a larger baby in the 9-10 lb range – but apparently I have a small pelvis. Luckily they were able to get him out quickly enough – using some special maneouvers although the doctor was in a MAJOR panic. She had to also break his clavicle to release him too! Poor little guy. Came out blue and not making a peep. Very scary. My husband could not cut the cord as Kyle needed to be resuscitated immediately, but after about 5 minutes of working on him he was breathing and within the next 15 minutes we were able to take photos of him and they said he’d be fine. Thank heavens! The doctor was quick to tell me the outcome could have easily been VERY different. I thank my lucky stars daily.
Everyone always asks me what a new Mom needs most. Well there are lots of essentials -(forgetting sleep of course!) but what I think the question people really need to ask or consider is what does an expecting Mom about to deliver need most. The delivery prep topic and the essentials that could make that process just a little more comfortable or pretty are so often neglected with the thoughts of nursery decor, high chairs, car seats, and diaper bag decisions. This product recommendation is whimsical but makes for a great shower gift and unique labor experience. If I could do it all over again, I wish I had invested in a maternity delivery gown. Why not look cute in a pink or patterned feminine hospital gown in a small size instead of an ugly blue gown designed for a man weighing 250 lbs plus? Especially when you consider how long labor might be or how often you'll possibly be up & moving around even during a fast labor as a way to find comfort. Who wouldn't want to modernize their labor day with a stylish and trendy delivery gown instead of wearing another grimy gown that has been worn by hundreds before you? I seriously wish one of these trendy gowns had been gifted to me before the birth of my second child. The trend is growing now for colorful, feminine, and personal delivery gowns - and if I ever dare tackle round 3 in the labor room I promise I will be dressed up for the occasion next time. Plus, there will be a ton of photos taken of you during those first few hours, and you'll have that Kodak Moment forever. So why not look a little more stylish?Several companies make these gowns ranging in price from $30-$70 depending on the company or sale. A few I recommend include: Girlie Gowns, Pretty Pushers, and DearJohnnies.
Tune in to the second season of the unscripted series "One Born Every Minute" Tuesdays at 10 pm et/pt on Lifetime.