First Tranport

5/07/2011: Birthing at home can be a miracle and a blessing. On rare occasions even the best laid plans can fall short. Sometimes exhaustion sets in when too little sleep and nourishment occur over the course of a 29 hour labor. After 9 months of assisting in home birthing I finally had my first need to transport a family in labor. Thank God for backup physicians like Dr. David Kline and the judicious use of epidurals and pitocin. They do have their place. With his patience and skill a beautiful baby girl was born vaginally early Saturday morning. Mom, dad and baby were home again inless than 6 hours. This family was delighted and had the satisfaction of knowing that these interventions were necessary and what was needed by their sweet baby girl to enter this world.

Happy mother's day to them and to all of you. Big hugs all around. Relish in them as there is an emptiness when your mother is no longer with you to hold.

As for me, this was a watershed moment. It was the first time I can recall in my 25 years in private practice that I had to relinquish the care of a woman to another colleague. This felt very strange for me as I am a healthy bit obsessive about completing tasks to which I have committed. I have shared this feeling with some of my midwife colleagues today and want to thank them for their awesome support. A big hug to my friend and colleague for 29 years, Dr. David Kline, too. Thanks, Dave.
Dr. F