The midwives are so kind and have a great hands off approach to childbirth. They respect the body and women to know what they need during labor.
*A is a work friend of my partner so it was even more special then usual to see the birth of Silas. They were keeping his gender a surprise.
When I got there *A was contracting in the bathroom and in between she would spend her time getting hugs from her husband. Each woman is different with their needs during labor. Some want a hands on approach from their partners and some want to be left alone and then there is everything in-between.
Every birth at a birth center or at home has the same thing happen: After baby is born dad usually starts making calls to update family and friends. The conversation always goes the same and it makes me laugh.
Dad: Baby is here!
Dad: I dont know.
Dad: No we dont know that yet. They haven't weighed him yet.
Dad: No we dont know. They dont do that right away here.
You see when you give birth at home or in a birth center they do not do the newborn exam till about an hour after birth. This gives mom, partner and baby time to bond. Those vital signs are not going to change in an hour and bonding right after birth is very important!