Monday, February 9, 2009

Baby Jude Arrives

Hello, everybody!

I'm sorry I didn't post earlier, but the internet couldn't be reached by us for over a day.

Whew! What a rollercoaster ride!

Sarah labored long and hard. She got to complete and started pushing around 9 pm on Saturday.

As the pushing progressed, she had intense back pain over on the right side of her hip. The baby was in good position, not posterior. But this back pain kept her from pushing effectively during contractions. She pushed for an hour and a half, then started to give up around 11 pm. It was very hard for Jason to hear her say she wanted to go to the hospital, and she wanted a C-section. He didn't want to give up. We talked to her for a while, trying to tell her that the pain of a C-section was worse than the pain she was experiencing. But we started to go to the hospital.

Then she tried to push again. She tried for another hour and a half. I was checking progress and baby very often. Her progress in pushing slowed to millimeters. Baby was good throughout. But we reached a point where I knew we were losing Sarah to exhaustion and pain. So, at 1:30 am on Sunday, Feb 8, we went to the hospital.

It was empty and poor-looking. But the doctor came and assessed Sarah soon. There was also a midwife helping. The baby's head was so low that they assessed it was too late for a C-section. (Praise God!) So they got out a hand-operated vacuum suction, and proceeded to push on the top of Sarah's womb and pull on the baby's head. The doctor cut an episiotomy, then extended it again.

As they were working, I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that we would never have been able to birth this baby at home. It was just too hard. Baby Jude was born at 2 am. He weighed 7 pounds, measured 20 1/2 inches, and was perfect as soon as he was born!!! He has a huge amount of black hair, very long. He's so beautiful.

So I'm operating right now as a postpartum doula, helping Sarah with her stitches and postpartum things like breastfeeding and so on.

Thank you for all your prayers. They are so appreciated.

And it turns out that the pocket-handkerchief I forgot was my camera that got lost in transit...boo, hiss.

Love you all.

5 comments:

inthelikeness said...

Blessings to you all. So glad to hear he came into the world without Sarah being sliced open.

Oh no! Your camera! Is there any chance of getting it back? Hopefully you'll be able to photograph all your memories in Leb somehow.

jamieswife said...

I'm so happy to hear that the baby was born so quickly after your arrival. I'm sorry that y'all ended up in the hospital, but glad everything turned out just fine.

Sarah is in great hands! I couldn't think of a better person to be looking after her and Jude. You're a great mom and midwife. I love you and continue to pray for you, Sarah, Jason and Jude (I love his name!).

Sammy said...

Hello,

I just wanted to leave you a little note to tell you that I really enjoy your blog and reading all these lovely birth stories.
My first baby was born at home 3 months ago. It was an incredible experience and I will always be thankful to my amazing midwife.

Blessings,
Sammy

Ol' Fred said...

I am very happy for you and the Kerners.
But we're waiting for you to come back home to us.
Please tell Sarah, Jason and Jude that we only loan one of our "town treasures" when "The Boss" tells her she is needed elsewhere.
We'll always need you in DeLeon.
tc, fred

Homemakers Cottage said...

Wow, what an experience... for you and Sarah both! So happy that baby Jude is fine. I'd love to see pictures... I'm sure you're missing your camera!

Love, Kristy