Pamela’s labor started two weeks before her due date. In fact, I went to bed that night thinking the first thing I needed to do in the morning was to send her an email. I always like to check in on my birth clients in the weeks leading up to their due date. I remind them of when and how to get ahold of me, keep me updated, see if they need anything, etc. Instead, I was awakened in the night with the news that Pamela was already in labor!
Nothing gets my blood pumping like a middle-of-the-night call telling me it is go-time! I always keep my birth photography bag packed and ready to go when I am on-call for a birth.
I got dressed, fixed some coffee, grabbed my bag and headed out in the early hours to the Mt. Vernon Birth Center. I was excited because this was my very first birth at this particular birth center. Pamela’s labor was moving at a steady pace and we all thought it would be a quick labor.
But fast and furious was not at all how it when down. Things slowed down as the day moved on…nobody knew it, but sweet Dita was posterior. Not being in the optimal position meant dilation was slower and pushing took hours.
Pamela was amazingly strong. She pushed (by my calculations) for over 5 hours! I could not believe the strength and determination this woman has. She didn’t falter or beg to be done…she simply took each contraction as it came and let it go once it was over.
Finally, Dita was here! She cried loudly to let us all know she was okay. And probably because of the headache she must have had. She spent a long time in the birth canal and was quite squished and bruised up.
Congratulations Pamela and Konrad!
You two worked so hard for this and wish you all the best!
If you want to get to know he a little better, Pamela blogs over at WikiPamela.