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Maya's Birth 

Deanna called around 10:45 and asked what I was doing this morning.  She is so cute.  I got to Saddleback around 11:50.  Deanna was resting calmly on the bed, with her parents, Tom and their son Max all hanging out.  Whenever she had a pressure wave, everyone got quiet and let her relax through it.  The relaxation music was on in the background.  She was very chatty and happy between pressure waves, calm and relaxed during them.  They seemed to be coming every 5 minutes or so.  She wanted to have the baby between 3-5 because that is when her OB was available.  J 

Around 12:45 Deanna seemed to be a little more intense/focused during her pressure waves, I was doing the relax cue, which helped.  We talked about going to the potty soon and the Grandparents were going to take Max over to the mall to walk around.  Just then the other set of Grandparents arrived, at first it seemed like they wanted to stay, but I could tell Deanna was ready to be alone, so we convinced them to go to the mall to.  Finally at 1 the grandparents and Max headed off and I got Deanna on the potty.  She had a nice pressure wave there and said, “Wow, it really opens up on here.” 

She then wanted to sit on the birth ball, so we got her situated and comfortable.  The nurse came into get the monitors on.  10 minutes into the monitoring Deanna started crying during a pressure wave, she didn’t even realize she was crying until after the wave.  She said she was crying because it was so beautiful and it was so different than  Max’s birth.  I thought… AHH, transformation is starting. 

20 minutes of monitoring, with a lot the nurse holding the heart monitor on the right spot, VERY low on the tummy.  We had put the Easy First Stage Guide on for the room to hear and Deanna was doing great, and was starting to AHHH during the pressure waves.  She even made a cute comment about feeling like saying “Amen sister” to all of Kerry’s positive suggestions.  She was able to relax well during the pressure waves and was staying relaxed and focused between pressure waves as well.    She asked to get checked after the monitoring was done. 

1:20  She laid on the bed and had an uncomfortable pressure wave, it was difficult to relax in that position (flat on her back), but was checked and was a stretchy 8, so we got her back on the ball and she was fine with the pressure waves there.

1:30, feeling pushy and making pushy sounds…. She gets back on the bed and gets checked, just a little lip left.  We say open, open, open through a pressure wave.  They get the bed set up.  Check again…. Ready to push.   I tell Tom to change the CD to pushing the baby out tract. 

She pushes her own way… no coaching and did great.   The OB came in and felt to see how productive the pushes were… she confirmed that Deanna was pushing wonderfully.  Deanna was able to relax between pushes and needed some encouragement during.  I told her the baby was almost out and she could do it.  Tom is at her head to, holding her hands as she pushes.  She yells…”Come OUUUUUUUUT baby, come OUUUUUT”   It is awesome, the OB tells her how great she is doing, we are all quietly cheering her on.   

Then after about 10 minutes (1:40) of pushing, the baby does come out…. It is a girl (Deanna knew what it was, but kept it a secret from everyone else)  She is 7 pounds 1 oz.    Deanna is thrilled and gets to hold her right away and baby is great.  Tom is crying a few tears of joy and I am in awe that I get to share this special moment with them.  How incredible for me.  J

Then Tom, holding his baby girl called the grandparents, who had left 1 hour ago…. “You might want to come back over now…. and on cue the baby starts to cry….. and meet your new grandbaby.”  They get back over after Deanna is changed and nursing the baby.  Perfect timing and Max is in awe of the baby.  It is SOOOOO sweet.  It makes me want another baby. 

I left around 2:15, because with 4 grandparents, Max, Tom, Deanna and the baby the room was a bit full.  J  It was a wonderful birth to attend!  Thank you for letting me be your doula! 

-Sheridan