Tristin and her husband, Kyle, prepared in every way they knew how to bring their first born into the world. They registered for all the baby items, had all the baby showers, and read all the information on how to have a natural childbirth. In addition, they took a 12 week Bradley Method class and hired the birthing instructor as their doula to make their dream birth come true. They did all this knowing their plans could go awry.
In their birthing class, Kyle and Tristin had been told multiple times that first time moms typically go in to labor after their due date. They were both shocked when Tristin’s water broke eight days before the estimated due date.
After Tristin’s water broke around 3am, they waited until 8am to get checked by her doctor. They settled into a hospital room shortly after, since her water had in fact broken. Kyle assured me I had time to travel back in town from a family gathering, but I raced back to town anyway. Once I got to the hospital around 3pm, Tristin started walking the halls, making heads turn as she paused during each contraction.
For almost seven hours, I watched Kyle and her doula help Tristin work through the stages of labor. They applied constant counter pressure on her back, swayed back and forth, walked the halls, pumped with an electric pump, bounced on the yoga ball, and tried multiple positions to find the best comfort. Eventually, Tristin found herself on the bed pushing her son out on all fours. Her doctor caught their son with ease. Their baby did a flip as he came out, and their doctor swiftly passed him through Tristin’s legs. The nurse and doctor calmly unwrapped the cord around his neck, and this new mama brought her first born up to her chest with tremendous elation. She endured the journey of natural birth. She had so many voices telling her it was next to impossible to achieve everything she wanted as a first time mom, but with a supportive husband, doula, and team of care providers, her dream birth came true.
Hospital: UMC - Doctor: Dr. Brinker - Nurse: Aubrey Moya - Doula: Thara Reinitz