November 29, 2015
Doulas Don’t Get Holidays Off! I got a lot more than turkey on Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving 2015 will be one that I will never forget! I got a call in the morning from a client who was 39 weeks pregnant, saying she was pretty sure she was in labor. She had been having contractions most of the night and felt that she needed to go to the hospital soon. I got ready and packed my doula bag with the things that I would need to support my client in labor and then I headed to the hospital in Boca Raton, about 30 minutes from my home in Coral Springs.
Upon arrival, I saw my client smiling and excited that she was going to meet her new baby. She chose not to find out the gender and I was excited to know if she would have another boy or another girl. Most of my clients chose to find out the gender prior to delivery, so this was my first “surprise doula baby” and I was sure it was another doula baby GIRL for me. I seem to have more doula baby girls, than doula baby boys!
The labor was progressing slowly, so we walk the halls for a while after being admitted. My client and her husband then decided that she would rather spend early labor at home and go back to the hospital when she felt like she was in active labor. I agreed that it was a great idea! Laboring at your own home can be alot more comfortable for moms, than being stuck in a bed at the hospital. Freedom to walk, eat drink, shower and sleep without interruption is great for early labor!
She labored at her home for a few more hours, while I had a quick Thanksgiving dinner with my family. She kept in touch with me through text and phone calls until she felt like she needed my support. After some delicious turkey and stuffing, I joined her at her home and realized she was in active labor and it was definitely time to go to the hospital. I drove with her and her husband to the hospital and supported her during some intense contractions during the 30 minute drive from Coral Springs to Boca Raton. I called her midwife to let her know to meet us at the hospital and thankfully she was only 10 minutes away.
We arrived at the hospital right around 7:15pm and she was wheeled up to labor and delivery and told she was over eight centimeters. Minutes later her water broke and she felt the need to push. Her midwife walked in at that moment and she began pushing. I supported my client while she delivered her beautiful Baby BOY at 7:37pm! Only 22 mins after arriving at the hospital! No pain medicine, no epidural, no directed pushing, just mom and baby doing what they needed to do!
I was not upset about having to work on Thanksgiving at all! Being a doula means you don’t get holidays off! Babies come when they want, whether it’s on a Monday, a Saturday, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day, someone’s birthday or your own birthday. I knew going into this career as a childbirth and postpartum doula that I might miss certain events with my family and that’s okay I understand. It was an amazing experience. It was a Thanksgiving Day I will never forget!
This blog written by Lisa Raynor , a childbirth and postpartum doula in Coral Springs, FL. She is also a mom of three boys, a wife, and loves to blog about pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum care and breastfeeding. Lisa attends births throughout Broward County and Boca Raton. Call for a FREE consultation today!