Liam Michael Troy
It was 2:00 a.m. when my husband handed me my phone "It's Sabrina." He said sleepily. I never even heard my phone ring until he placed it in my hand. I groggily said hello. "I think my water broke. We are headed to the hospital." Ok I was awake. I told her to call me when she found out if they were going to keep her. I told my husband I might as well get up, shower, and nurse the baby in case I have to leave. After I got myself all gussied up I called Sabrina. I knew since I had more than a two hour drive ahead of me I couldn't waste time. I asked her how sure she was that her water broke, if she was positive I was going to go ahead and leave after I fed Ben.
I left the house around three and drove anxiously. The roads were dead. I had a feeling that this wasn't going to take long. Her first labor wasn't very long and her water broke on its own this time. Contractions were probably going to kick into high gear soon. I made it about two thirds of the way when I got a call saying the first test came back negative and they were waiting on the second. She asked me where I was. I told her and she apologized. I told her not to worry I found an all night drive through and was eating and would wait to hear back. I finished my breakfast and decided to start back home thinking I could make it back before my husband had to go to work if I left now. I made it one minute down the road when she called and said the second test was positive and that they were keeping her. I quickly turned back around.
I made it to the hospital a little after 5:30. I walked in to Sabrina filling out a stack of paper work. There was excitement and exhaustion in the air. They had just started her on Pitocin before I arrived and it hadn't really jump started her labor yet. We spent the next hour or so laughing and chatting as she was having mild contractions. The nurse came in and checked her and said she was at 4 cm. Vic brought her some breakfast and coffee and she ate while he sipped on his black lighting. Things were pretty uneventful. At seven shifts changed and nurse Sue came in. She was a veteran nurse, you could just tell. She wanted things done a specific way and there weren't any ifs, ands, or buts about it. She was a bossy little thing but she truly was a good nurse. That became evident when that evil thing called Pitocin kicked in. Her contractions came faster and harder. Over the hours there was less talking in between and there really were no more smiles.
Sabrina came to a point where she no longer wanted to go through the pain. She buzzed the nurse. Sue came in and said that she had two options that she could either get the epidural or get on the birthing ball, but that she needed to make the choice because the anesthesiologists would quickly be busy and it would take them some time to get there. It was not an easy decision for Sabrina so Sue left and Sabrina thought. About ten minutes later she was calling the nurse back and deciding she wanted the epidural but the nurse said it would be at least fifteen minutes (any of you that have given birth know how long that feels like). So with help from Vic and Sue Sabrina got on the birthing ball and rocked those contractions. They weren't easy for her but she made it through each one. The anesthesiologist came in and I was kicked out.
When I came back in it was around 10:30 and there was a much happier feel in the room. It was then that Sarah, Sabrina's sister arrived. We were all really happy to see her and you could just feel the excitement coming from her. It was then that Sabrina told us she was at 8cm. This girl had gone from 4cm to 8cm in about an hour. It was no wonder those contractions were so fierce. It was less than an hour later and her nurse was telling Sabrina that she was complete! The doctors and nurses came in and got busy getting everything ready. With Vic by her side and Sarah sitting back anxiously awaiting Sabrina started to push. She pushed through three sets of contractions and Liam entered the world at 11:55 a.m. The nurse placed him onto her and started wiping him off, and there it was, the instant love you have for your child the moment you meet them.
It was a beautiful and powerful labor and birth. I am so blessed that I get to be present with people on the biggest days of their lives.
Have a blessed day.-Rachael
I am a mom and a photographer. My love of motherhood led me to photograph all things from bellies to birth and beyond.