September 5, 2016
In Labor ON Labor Day!
The year was 1990, I was 12 years old, almost 13, and my mom was one week past her due date with her 6th child. The day started out like any other Labor Day, but would turn out to be the most memorable Labor Day in my young life. My 4 sisters and I were off from school and my dad was off from work. My mom woke up with contractions and started timing them, but this was something she’d been doing now for weeks. I would often rub her feet, bring her water and help her time contractions during this pregnancy and this day was nothing different. She always tells me I was her doula and helped her so much during her pregnancy.
Eventually the contractions got closer together, got stronger and started lasting longer. My very passive mom was starting to show signs of being in active labor. Her and my dad called up our neighbor to babysit the 5 big sisters, as my parents started heading to the hospital (Broward General in Ft Lauderdale, about a 30 minute drive from the city of North Lauderdale where we lived).
We patiently waited and waited and waited and talked about how funny it was that our mom was IN labor on Labor Day. We wondered if our mom would have another girl, the 6th girl in our family, or if she would finally have a boy (a prince to be spoiled by his 5 older sisters who would turn into 5 tiny mothers). Finally at 2:14am on September 1, 1990 we got the call we’d been waited all day and all night for………. IT’S A BOY!!!!!!! We have a baby brother!!!!! We all screamed with JOY, we had such excitement for ourselves and our parents…finally a boy after 5 girls!!!!!!!
My mom’s labor was 20 hours and ended in an emergency c-section, my brother was her biggest baby ever at 8lbs 14 oz. I remember visiting him in the hospital and instantly falling in love with this cute little boy. We all still talk about mom’s Labor Day labor, and now as a doula, I look forward to one day having a client go into labor on Labor Day. It hasn’t happened yet, but one day it might and memories like the ones I have, will be made.
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! 954-914-3933