|Me with Baby "Ran" (rhymes with "Dawn")|
At 7:30 yesterday morning, I arrived at a home birth, rushing in, to Imoto-san's cries: "Get your gloves on!" I grabbed the closest gloves I could find and went for it. Baby was born, one and a half hours later. Mom was so ready to have her baby! She really worked her baby down, in her own time, with us sliding her across a blue tarp many times, as she turned again and again, in the way she needed to, and we turned the blue plastics again and again, to cover the tatami flooring and her futons. Her daughter, 4 years old, simply would not let go of her baby sister once she was born. She was as glued to her as if all the oxytocin in the world had been poured right on them.
|Baby Kaede, meaning Maple|
For those of you interested in such things, the placentas have all come out quite quickly, within 5 or so minutes. No tears so far, none that required suturing, and no other interventions, per se. The breastfeeding support is absolutely wonderful.
And now for a gratuitous Sunday afternoon reward:
|The line to get in|