Happy 1st Birthday Ada Lucille!
At this moment last year, 6:30 pm, Rosie was holding her baby sister for the first time ever.
I can’t help but recap Ada’s first moments, copied from my blog entry last year.
Pushing, in our bedroom.
The midwife examining the mom side of the placenta:
She’s showing me the sac that the baby just came out of!
After the baby was born we left the placenta attached for several hours so that every bit of the blood could go through the cord and into the baby where it belongs. As a result Ada is very, very pink! She’s got all of the blood in her body nature intended her to have. I had wanted to do this with Rosie, but the hospital’s idea of “wait until the cord stops pulsing” apparently means just cut it after about five minutes…before the placenta had even detached and delivered.
With Rosie’s birth something went wrong and the placenta ripped into pieces and got stuck inside of me. I don’t know exactly what happened, but the retained placenta and resulting gushing blood happening again were my main fears this time. I was freaking out about it in the bathtub during the beginning of the pushing phase of Ada’s birth.
I’m so thankful that my midwife is competent, patient, trusting, and most of all knowledgeable. This time, after the baby came out my bleeding was normal. The placenta detached but couldn’t come out all the way, just like last time! I must make sticky placentas.
The midwife was reassuring me the whole time that everything was fine and not to worry. I’d already taken some herbs in tincture form (you can see in the video when the assistant gives them to me on a spoon) to help with blood loss and release of the placenta, just in case. When the placenta wasn’t coming out properly I had a shot of pitocin in my leg, also just in case.
Then the midwife was able to gently work it out. She said there was a trailing piece of membranes that had stuck inside. It all came out intact though! I didn’t lose a large amount of blood this time, either.
The only downside was that the trailing membranes caused the edge of my cervix to prolapse a little. The midwife very gently put it back where it was supposed to go, and hopefully it will be fine with a lot of pelvic floor exercises. That was my only complication, and I’m a little freaked out by it, but because of all the patience in handling things it was minimal rather than rushed and catastrophic like with Rosie’s birth.
If you’re interested in these sorts of things, here’s a 4 minute video of the midwife examining Ada’s placenta and explaining everything about it. Baby A was still attached at this point.
After a few hours Tyler cut the cord.
The midwife took Baby Ada’s measurements and weighed her. She also did a thorough newborn exam.
7 pounds, 6 ounces!
This was the only sad hysterical baby moment…
That night…Rosie was thrilled to come home and meet her baby sister!
I truly had such an ecstatic birth. I’ll never, ever forget the joy.
Happy birthday sweet baby. It’s been a wonderful year.