“I knew there was a possibility that my husband wouldn’t be home for the birth of our second born. An active duty Marine who traveled for brief but frequent trips, he was assigned to a Pacific trip when I was 37 weeks into my pregnancy.
I mentioned this at a weekly Bible study, and my sweet friends offered to be backup childcare providers for our oldest. One friend was interested in studying to be a DONA certified doula and offered to come to the hospital with me. That’s instant best friend status.
I’m a L&D nurse myself, so it wasn’t the process of labor and birth I was worried about. It was more about the logistics of childcare, getting myself—in labor—to the hospital, and the fear of being alone. Those ladies instantly reduced my fear and anxiety, and ultimately helped me have the birth I wanted.
My husband was on a flight from Japan to Seattle, then Seattle to DC. 12 hours before he landed, this precious boy entered the world. His daddy was able to be on the phone for his delivery, and got to snuggle him a few hours later.”
Shared by: Stephanie in Washington DC