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Little Bear :: Birth Story

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I rediscovered these pictures taken by my husband just a few hours after our son’s home birth. There’s more to the story, but the gist here is that Gatlin (Little Bear) was born very fast- like lightening speed fast- and as a result had a hard time waking up to his new surroundings…

My Midwife wanted to see him nurse, but he wasn’t giving that sort of enthusiastic response, so she called our pediatrician and discussed over the phone how to proceed. They decided together to have him further evaluated at the local hospital…

Our pediatrician has been so good to our family since the loss of our Heidi. He understands us very well and is always encouraging. He met my husband and Midwife at the hospital and discussed the lab results with the ER doc; in the end, our pediatrician said with a twinkle in his eye, “Well, he could stay here over night, but none of you can nurse him! Best for him to be home where he belongs.”

Two great things from this- 1) Never underestimate a midwife’s expertise, training and intuition. 2) Pediatricians need to be our advocate and need to love caring for our families.


In the hands of the potter,

1 Comment

  1. Rachel says

    Love these early pics. They are so precious, and your son is doubly so. I love good doctors who advocate for their patients. I switched to a more “old-school, common-sense” doc to have a VBAC for my son, and I just love him. I hope he doesn’t retire before I’m done having babies!

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