Birth Story of Gabriel
I love, love, love birth stories!! I feel so privileged to be in the room for each of the baby’s births I’ve been to. The veil between this world and the next is thin and the spirit is always strong. Usually, I’m tearing up behind the camera as I capture these awesome moments.
Sasha texted me at 11:00 pm. I didn’t see her text until 2 am when I got up to feed my little boy. She said that they had been at the hospital for awhile. Since I live 40 minutes away I was concerned I was going to miss it. I shot her a text right back and she told me she was at a 5-6. I decided I’d better go because you never know when those babies are going to come. It can be really fast.
When I arrived at the hospital, Sasha was super sick. She was throwing up constantly. We all tried to get a little sleep, but its a hospital so of course no one did.
Here is the story of Gabriel’s birth in Sasha’s words:
“On Wednesday I started having mild contractions. I had had them with Emelia for a week. They call it Prodromal labor. This little baby couldn’t wait a week though, and neither could I. Friday morning, I started having stronger contractions. We called our doctor around 7pm and he said to head to the hospital. We were hesitant because my contractions hadn’t been consistent in frequency, only duration and intensity. At the hospital the contractions only picked up. On the pain level scale I was at an 8. They checked and I was only 3cm dilated! I walked for an hour, which only made things worse, and when I came back I had thinned out but not dilated any more. They admitted me around 11pm. I cried because I was so thankful. They gave me an epidural and I went right to a 5 within a few hours. Then I stalled and they added Pitocin to the mix. I progressed to a 6 and stalled again. This time they called my doctor and asked him to break my water. This is where things got bad.
Gabe’s heart rate dropped after they broke my water so we knew we needed to get him out right away. I almost immediately felt the urge to push. The doctor stepped out but didn’t go anywhere because I went from a 6 to a 10 within about 3 contractions, about 10ish minutes. I pushed for 8 minutes and luckily didn’t even tear at a 1! He had arrived!!
Right after they pulled him out, we noticed he was very, very grey. He didn’t have the cord around his neck so after a minute or so they took him over and checked him out. He was hardly breathing. Long story short(er), he had swallowed a lot of amniotic fluid and meconium. They got him cleared and after about 5-10 minutes he was on me for some skin to skin. I fell in love with this perfect little boy!! He latched and fed for a few minutes, so I then passed him back to Marshall. He started going gray again and was rushed out to the NICU. [Gabriel had to stay at the hospital for a few days in the NICU.]
I am very grateful to my Heavenly Father who has watched out for us through this whole journey. From being admitted to the hospital to the wonderful staff who is watching over our little Gabriel now, Heavenly Father has guided us and kept us calm. We are truly thankful for Him and our new son!”
I’m grateful that I was able to be there for Gabriel’s birth. I left soon after they took him since I hadn’t been home for like 6 hours. I was able to come back to Rexburg after they brought him home and do a mini session in their apartment.