I haven't really had more than just a few minutes to myself to tell you all what I got the opportunity to do Saturday night but before my eye lids close for the night I wanted to type it up.
I have a friend that was wanting to VBAC, she's been coming to me for information over the duration of her pregnancy. (I'm very involved with ICAN for those that don't know). She started having problems with her dr towards the end of pregnancy (think, bait and switch) and was just unsure he was really going to support her in the end. She went in to labor Saturday and hung out at home for a good portion of the day. She finally went in to the hospital and was catching a lot of grief from her OB so she called me about to give up and just do a c/s. I could tell in her voice that he was beating her down so I jumped in the car and took off for the hospital, thankfully only about 2 minutes away from me. Ran up to her room and then ended up spending the whole labor and delivery with her and her DH, supporting her. She was oh so close to throwing in the towel for a couple of hours, then some things changed and she changed her entire outlook and started trucking along through labor. She asked me to stay for the duration, her OB finally left us alone to labor peacefully and I got to witness THE.MOST.AMAZING.THING.OF.MY.ENTIRE.LIFE!!! I mean, it's one thing to have my own kids but to experience a birth as a spectator, HOLY SH!T it was A FREAKING MAZING!!!! She was ecstatic that she birthed her baby and got to see and hear all of those amazing things that happen when your baby goes straight to your chest from you hoo ha. She was and actually still is on Cloud 9 flying high from her birth and I am so blessed and in awe of the experience!!! I just cannot tell you girls how moving it is to see the process but not only just that to get to support another woman going through labor, to breathe with her, to have her eyes focusing intently on yours as she rides a contraction through to the end, to get to see her strength emerge just when she feels like she can't do it anymore! I'm fairly certain I will be going through Doula certification after this LO is about a year old or so, I've been leaning in that direction for a while now but this just pushed me over the edge.