Monday, January 4, 2010
All Scrubbed Up and Nowhere to Go
I went to bed last night,
with the feeling that
I would be getting a call.
Since Dani's birth last Wednesday,
and getting caught up on some sleep
I was ready.
The call came at 3:14am
I showered and put my scrubs on--
which let me just say
that I could wear my scrubs
every day for the rest of eternity,
They should not be called
So I went out to the BMW
and hoped it would start in
and punched in the address
on my GPS
to send me in the right direction.
Well my GPS took me
on the scenic route...
seriously, I had to drive with my
in case wildlife poked out
on the snow-covered 2-lane backroad
I was driving.
I knew the area I was going to
and would've never taken
the way this GPS was guiding me,
it's 4 am at this time
and that little GPS voice
is coaching me along
and I decided to trust it.
It took me nearly 45 minutes
to get to the Mama's house,
where had I gone the way
it would've taken 20.
Mama A.'s dilated to 5cm
but isn't sure she wants a homebirth
this go-around with child number 5.
Their family just moved into this house,
they just adopted a toddler,
-- she is plum.wore.out.
I let the Midwife visit with Mama A.
Having a natural birth is as much
emotional as it is physical.
If Mama thinks she can
If Mama is too tired to think
then she needs other options.
While Mama A. is contemplating
I help pick up the house--
a little sweeping
a few dishes
fold some blankets
straighten couch cushions...
just to keep me busy
I love it when she arrives to the births.
She has a great energy
and we balance each other really well.
Of course, I had to share Dani's birth,
and how wonderful that experience was
for me, for her, for mankind as I know it!
Mama A.'s mother-in-law arrives,
and Mama A.'s hubby relates that
Mama A.'s feeling like she'd rather
go to the hospital and have a medicated birth
than a home birth.
We all sympathize with her.
The Midwife checks her once more--
6cm dilated and stretchy.
She could do this very quickly
if she wanted.
But she's in bed
and she's tired and doesn't feel she can.
So we smile, hug and wish her well
as Emily and I pack up
hug the Midwife goodbye--
she'll be going with her to the hospital,
and drive home in our unused scrubs.
I'm home before the kids even
have to get up for school.
I greet the Boofus who slogs outta the bathroom
with sleepy eyes and bedhead--
"are you leaving for a birth Mom?", he asks.
"No, Scooter, just coming home from one."
Only I didn't have a birth this morning--
I would've loved to have been a part of a birth
but that wasn't my choice.
And this stuff happens once in awhile.
I've certainly never had this--
but as the Midwife says,
We're so lucky we have choices in our country.
I glance at the clock,
Mama A. should be about ready to push
which means a new little baby girl
is about to take her first Colorado breath
this frosty December morning,
where it is just two degrees.
And I'm lounging around in my scrubs
with nowhere to go.