Have we got a story for you. These two ladies wrapped up our 2020 year in the only way you could imagine 2020 ending for midwives- crazy!! This mom’s water broke at 2am Sunday morning. After two days of trying everything to get labor started, and 10 hours of our birth team at her home all day yesterday, we all decided to go to our friends at Cleburne Harris to have them get labor going. When we decided to go to the hospital, she was at about 40 hours of her water being broken, tried strong red raspberry leaf tea, castor oil, breast pump, toilet sitting, lunges, stair climbing, brisk walks, curb walking, figure 8 on ball… I mean, all the things. When we left for the hospital not much was happening. Never in a million years would we expect what happened next. About 40 minutes into the drive, her husband called Midwife Susan, who had been following behind (rather far behind due to a certain car driving so slow), and said she needed to push… PUSH!!! From sporadic, moderate contractions to PUSHING in 40 minutes (bless those car rides). Susan was able to reach them quickly, already gloved with chux pads- she ran to their car. On the side of the highway, y’all. Fast forward another 10 minutes- we had a baby on Chisholm Tollway.
Student Midwife Whitney arrived not long after, as Midwife Susan was working on baby, and jumped in to help. Not long after a fireman arrived to look on with the trooper who had also arrived- all telling us how great we were doing, lol. Next, two EMTs and then Midwife Amanda. Everyone stayed to make sure we were all good. One EMT said it was his first birth call. The EMTs offered any and all supplies, towels, blankets. Thankfully, because dad’s sweatshirt had already been used and Midwife Susan’s cardigan was currently keeping baby warm. Once placenta was delivered, dad cut cord, both mom and baby were stable, and the fireman and EMT left- we were ready to get somewhere more warm and comfortable. With the State Trooper’s blessing, and help, we did a caravan to Susan’s home a few minutes away, for postpartum recovery. Amanda made mom some late night breakfast, and mom and baby got their herbal bath. After exams, they were both dressed and ready to head home. This mom came to us in late pregnancy wanting an out of hospital birth. And not only that, a VBAC. We have loved having her in care and while this was NOT apart of the plan, watching her birth her VBAC baby with EASE was the perfect ending to our year (we are off call for the holidays!). She was strong, calm, powerful, and a complete badass. Thank you to the amazing Crowley Fire Department, Crowley EMT, and Texas State Troopers for their assistance. You were all hands off and respectful of the birth space we created in an unconventional way. We hope seeing that birth is SO normal that it can happen on the side of the road, even after a cesarean, with mom all smiles- your thoughts on out of hospital birth and midwives are positively affected. Congratulations J&S!! What a wild ride- literally! We could not be happier for your family. Baby Amilya is pure perfection. Powerhouse VBAC on the side of the highway perfectly sums up 2020, yeah?