Angels were felt during the birth of a beautiful rainbow baby boy, completing his family at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. Kara had been feeling contractions since 2:30 but didn’t call to wake me since she wasn’t dilated enough to be admitted.
After laboring for four hours and only being at 2 cm, she opted for an epidural. But thankfully for her, her water broke shortly before the anesthesiologist administered the medicine.
When I arrived at around 8:30 am, Kara was in good spirits, getting the relief that comes from the epidural. Her friend and doula, Jan, tightly held Kara’s hand while Will, Kara’s husband, Kara’s mother Laura tried to rest.
Sleep seemed to elude Kara and so Jan kept her company, talking and stroking her arm and head. Then suddenly, Kara became emotional and called to her mother to join her. As Laura bent down her head, Kara told her that she felt the presence of her maternal grandfather, her angel baby Charlie and her soon-to-be-born baby Preston. A serene feeling filled the room as they cried and held each other close, basking in the love they felt from their angels.
Contractions were increasing in frequency, becoming 2 minutes apart. Kara noted that her bottom felt weird, and we all felt the anticipation build. To ease her anxieties, Kara turned to a playlist she had created entitled “Preston’s coming.” She joked about the songs she had chosen, which ranged from Shania Twain’s “Man, I feel like a Woman,” to songs by Lauren Daigle, Dolly Parton and Diana Ross’s “I’m Coming Out.”
While the songs soothed Kara, Jan took the time to apply essential oils that Kara had brought – Kara’s first choice an oil called “surrender,” which is a mix of wintergreen, thyme and spearmint. Kara was remembering past traumas and using the oils to help release them and to focus on her current task.
Nurse Michelle came in to help Kara change positions in the bed. She didn’t check her dilation right then because a Foley catheter (to help in dilation) was put in just an hour ago. Michelle told Kara she’d be back in an hour to check her then.