Updated: Sep 15, 2020
The birth of Emery showed me something different, but just as revealing. Her mom had decided to have induced labor on a certain date. That gave me time to prepare and know exactly the day and time when I was going to get back to work. This time, in a hospital, for long hours and with a great support team. I have never seen so many people in the delivery room! Mom, Dad, Doula, and friends of Nakiya, the woman who was about to become a mother for the first time.
It was a long night while they waited for the induction to kick in. I was able to go home to rest and it was the next morning that I returned to the hospital for the moment everyone had been waiting for: meeting Emery for the first time.
Nakiya decided to have anesthesia, so everything that happened in the delivery room was relaxed and calm. I even participated in a long conversation with the support team, while the person they were to accompany took one last nap before receiving her daughter.
The nurse came in, checked her, and said "You're ready to have a baby." And that's when the moment of truth happened. Nakiya started crying, not knowing exactly what to expect. Her dad held her and whispered sweet words into her ear. Her mother tried to hide her fear of seeing her daughter in her most vulnerable moment. Her Doula accompanied her sweetly. Her friends gave way to the professionals, remaining as spectators of the magical moment. The OB arrived and in a few minutes, the baby was born and a mother was born. And once again, I got amazed by the miracle of birth in all its forms. And once again I was certain that giving birth alone should never be an option.