Twenty-seven years ago at this exact time (12:51pm in case you are not reading this the moment it got posted) I came into the world. Birth is such an amazing thing and now as a mother to my own daughter I have so much more appreciation for the whole labor and birth process.
I did not come into this world willingly, it turns out I wanted to stay inside and connected to my mother for as long as I could - sure I broke the waters, but after that, I apparently changed my mind. I never knew how much work my mom went through and I never really started asking about her experiences until I was traveling down the road of pregnancy myself.
Lucky for me, my dad literally wrote my mom’s birth story while it was happening. To celebrate my 27th year on earth, I’d like to share how I came into the world according to my dad.
Thursday, January 9th, 1986
10:35pm - Water broke just after turning out the light to go to bed early. We kissed goodnight, Maggie rolled over on her side and said “uh oh!”
11:15pm - Left house “ready for action.”
11:35pm - Stopped by my office to take care of some required business so that our ~100 employees would get their paychecks Friday.
11:50pm - Departed office for Beaumont Hospital.
Friday, January 10th, 1986
12:05am - Arrived at Beaumont and checked in.
1:00am - Examination confirmed water broke, dilation only 1 cm, minor contractions noted by doctor but not yet felt by mom.
1-6am - Mom and dad attempted to rest and sleep (unsuccessfully). Baby’s external monitor and contraction monitor made attempts at sleep almost impossible for mom. Monitor’s ink blotter and various nurses and doctors in and out also kept mom and dad up.
6-8am - Contractions now 3-5 min apart, dilation up to 5 cm. Mom experiencing severe pain; nurse suggests and leaves to prepaid pain killer.
8:30am - Contractions still severe; 2-3 min apart, 1-1.5 min long, dilation now 8 cm per doctor examination; pain killer cancelled because “hardest” part was over.
9:15am - Dilation complete, full 10 cm; pushing begins and doctors prepare delivery room. Baby at station -1 (also during the last 2 hours had gone from anterior to posterior and back to anterior).
9:30am - Baby progresses to station +1; it appears delivery will occur within 15-30 min.
Me on my birthday!
9:30am-12:15pm - Pushing continues at very high energy levels; mom tries all possible positions (on back, both sides, all fours and squatting) but baby does not progress past station +1. Doctors determine that c-section is more favorable than attempting delivery with use of forceps. We concur. Nurses express their amazement at mom’s ability to continue such super human efforts in attempting to push baby out for over 2.5 hours. Dad nearly cries several times with mom during her fierce and painful attempts at pushing out baby.
12:35pm - Mom moved to delivery room for c-section while dad changes to sterile clothing.
12:40pm-12:51pm - C-section performed on mom; dad comforts mom while observing procedures.
12:51pm - Baby arrives! Doctors and nurses congratulate us on our new baby girl. Mom and dad look at each other with tears in eyes and smiling faces. Baby gets checked, is cleaned and then is handed to dad for the first time. Dad proudly displays his new daughter to mom.
I was born at 12:51pm on January 10th, 1986. I weighed 7 pounds 9 ounces and was 21” long.
Birthdays are true miracles.