Rachel and Nick are some of my dear friends. Rachel and I worked together for several years, and when I found out she was having a little girl, I was over-the-moon excited.
Nick and Rachel were first time parents and knew that a mama's first labor could be long. When Rachel's water broke on her due date AND mother's day, they decided to stay at home and try to labor there as long as possible.
When contractions began to build, they went to the hospital. There, they learned Rachel was still only 4 centimeters dilated, and so they called me and graciously told me I could wait. They didn't want me to be at the hospital all night on Mother's Day, and they thought it was going to be a long road ahead. Nick and Rachel are some of the most thoughtful and caring people that I know, and even in the midst of labor, they were thinking about others!
I waited at home nervously because I've seen many first time mamas go quicker than expected. Sure enough, around 9:30pm my phone rang. As soon as I heard Nick's voice I knew to grab my bag and run out the door. "She's ten centimeters!" he exclaimed.
I drove fast..and arrived just in time. Rachel did an AMAZING job. She achieved her goal of an unmedicated childbirth, and she had all the nurses and doctors talking about her. I'm so proud to call her a dear friend. Welcome sweet Eleanora! You are so very loved.