My daughter, Jessilyn, is excited to finally be playing “The Waiting Game” as she calls it. With her first daughter, she had to be induced at 38 weeks because of decreased fetal movement. Despite all of her obstacles, she was still able to have the natural childbirth she had planned, thanks to her childbirth preparation and the support of her doula and midwife.
Her estimated due date (EDD) was yesterday, 2/7/11. She had her prenatal appointment today and she is 3 cm dilated, 80% effaced and zero station. Nothing has changed since her last prenatal appointment. Her midwife offered to strip her membranes if she wanted, but she opted to wait for the baby to decide when she is ready.
It brings me back to the days when I was playing the “waiting game” during the end of my pregnancy with her. She was six days overdue. I couldn’t stand it. Each of those six days and for approximately the 14 days prior I kept thinking “Maybe this is the day.” I was so excited to be a mom and I couldn’t wait to hold her in my arms.
Her nursery had been furnished, decorated and waiting for her from the time that I was three months pregnant. I believed that my whole destiny in life was to be a mom and I couldn’t wait. Those last few weeks of my pregnancy were very, very long.
This time my daughter plans to have a water birth. She is really excited to be able to compare the two births. She is also delighted to experience the reduced pain and tearing that comes along with the relaxing buoyancy of the warm water. She is so fortunate to have these options in childbirth, especially in a hospital setting. There is nothing better than having safety and freedom under one roof.
Okay, back to waiting for the phone to ring…
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