A long time ago, friends asked my wife and me for support during the birth of their child. Such a privilege! We set aside a day for the wondrous event. Everyone was ready: parents, nurses, doctors, and yours truly. But the baby hadn’t gotten the memo. Hours went by. Labor continued. A sunset eventually became a sunrise. Labor lurched into a second day.
Though we may think birth is predictable, it’s not. You’ll ask the friendly obstetrician for the birth date and she’ll provide a day or range of days. The expectant parents mark it on the calendar. They are ready with answers for the inevitable question: hey, when is your baby due?
Except that labor can sometimes seem to lead to birth in less time than it takes to read this sentence.
Except it can also feel like giving birth lasts longer than the winter snow melting in Wisconsin. Read More →by