Late last year Yogatones began offering a new service, Integrative Labor Coaching. As the sun began to rise in downtown Chicago, Theodore Singh Bedi birthday was being celebrated!! First birth of 2015 for Yogatones, and what a beautiful birth it was.
Yogatones mission is to promote preventative health & wellness care, by providing the resources and education needed to decrease stress and create a healthier lifestyle; mind, body and spirit. Integrative Labor Coaching seeks to do just that, my initial visit with Jonathan and Olivia was at six months where we drafted a legal birth plan, the parent’s then completed the final plan. Yoga asanas and breathing exercises are taught to both parents, which proved to be helpful as the early stages of labor arrived. I attended several doctors’ appointments with them, which was great, the physicians loved my nursing and yoga experience, and had no problem allowing me to be a part of the medical team.
As labor began to progress, Olivia would use her breathing exercise as epidural is inserted, the initial plan was to start the mom on Pitocin, but she began to contract naturally and consistently on her own. There was a brief emergency which I believe was related to repositioning, the physicians, nurses, and anesthesiologist were extremely professional attending to Olivia immediately reassuring her all was going well, allowing me to turn to Jonathan and make sure he understood all the medical language that was being used and well as checking on his wellbeing.
As the clock struck midnight in the now dimly lit room, Olivia continued to labor down beautifully, Jonathan finally fell off into a much needed sleep……..Olivia and I talked off and on like friends at a sleepover, I watched the monitor as the contractions increased…...we’d talk some more, and the contractions decreased…….this went on for the next few hours. Five am the physician comes in does an exam then announces Olivia is 8 cm!! Olivia continues to labor down, about six am we decide once again we were going to get some sleep……..this time we did.
I was awoken by the nurse coming in to check on Olivia, she asked if we were ready to have a birthday party! Yes, it was time! As a nurse I knew it was near end of shift and asked the nurse if she would be staying, Olivia expressed that she wanted her to stay, and with that she promised to stay for the birthday party. The room remained dim and calm until the last possible moment, Olivia pushed two good pushes, during each push there was conversation and laughter by all….yes, even Olivia! At the end of the second push we could see the head, the room lights turned up, the obstetrician and nurses geared up and with one last push,Theodore Singh Bedi! joined us at his birthday party already in progress, he let us know immediately his lungs were GOOD!
This has been such an emotional week, starting with the untimely death of a beautiful woman, to the birth of a beautiful baby……….I found myself aimlessly walking out of Northwestern Memorial Hospital Thursday morning, a mix of emotions, and although there was no sun to be found, I pulled my hat down low, scarf up hi and hid behind my huge dark sunglasses. Walking in meditation, letting the tears and giggles do what they needed to do…..comforting me….that’s exactly what my mind, body and spirit needed.
Life……such a fleeting miracle…….Live out loud, Love with Meaning, Laugh Just because……it’s all you have between birth and death.