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A Birth Story – Christine and Kent

Yesterday, I had the amazing privilege to watch a new life come into this world. A few weeks early and not quite the way that mom and dad had planned for, but he’s here and he’s healthy, so that’s what’s most important. This is his birth story, as seen through my eyes…

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Over the last couple of days, I’ve been getting a few updates from Christine as to what was happening. Baby was breech and they were doing everything they could to try and turn him. She was fortunate to get an appointment with Dr. Woo on Tuesday, a very well respected obstetrician. After her consultation with him, an appointment was scheduled for Thursday for the ECV (External Cephalic Version) to try and get baby into the right position. Otherwise, the plan was to head to BC Women’s for a vaginal breech birth. Dr. Woo was very supportive of Christine’s choices and felt that the more people who can experience a vaginal breech as normal, the better. Then Wednesday night, I was out running an errand when I received a text from Christine, saying that her water just broke and she was waiting to hear back from the midwife as to where she was to go. A short time later, I got another text saying that they were headed to Peace Arch for a cesarean. I found out later that there wasn’t a doctor on call at BC Women’s that night who was comfortable performing a vaginal breech birth, so their only choice was to head to Peace Arch. I got home as quickly as I could to pick up my gear and headed out to the hospital right away…

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For not liking needles, Christine did an amazing job getting her blood work done.

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Going for a walk to pass some time. It was looking more and more like the cesarean wouldn’t happen until morning.

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A quick chat with their midwife, Jen.

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Shortly after this, I headed home. It was about 9:30 pm and it was decided I was better off to get some sleep and hope that I’d make it back in time for the birth in the morning.

At 7:15am, Kent sent me a text to say they were prepping Christine for the OR now. I was up and out the door in about 5 minutes! When I arrived at the hospital, I went up to maternity ward. The nurses at the front desk were expecting me, got me a set of scrubs and then took me down to the OR where Kent was waiting to go into the room. A short time later, we were both ushered into the room. It was now 8:27.

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I was pointed to a spot that I could stand, and since I knew that I was lucky to be in the room at all, I didn’t dare stray too far from that spot, as much as I wanted to!

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8:38 and baby is born 🙂

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Christine’s smile moments after hearing the news from Kent that it was a boy!

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Kent cutting the cord.

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A few quick checks…

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And then over to meet mom

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Time to go, while mom heads to recovery

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Someone was not happy with being weighed!

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Skin to skin cuddles with dad

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“Hi mom, you have a grandson!”

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Time for mom to have a cuddle, now that she’s out of recovery and back to her room.

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Such a beautiful family.

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Welcome Kase, it’s so nice to meet you!

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Christine and Kent, thank you so much for allowing me to share this special moment with you. While it may not have gone at all according to plan, Kase is adorable and I can see that he is very well loved. I look forward to seeing you again in the next couple of weeks for our next session 🙂 Till then, enjoy!

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