We gave her this name because Eden means delight and we delight in God's grace. Her story is full of examples of God's precious grace.
Sweet Eden made an entrance and put Christian and I where we never thought we'd be. Leading up to her birth I was very emotional and I know that God was pulling me close to Him in preparation for upcoming event. I went to bed Saturday night feeling hopeless that we would ever have our new baby. That horrible, senseless tunnel vision that can torment pregnant women and especially laboring women. God used a handful of scriptures to bring me peace and comfort in Him. Isaiah 26:3, Hebrews 4:16, Psalm 56:3, Isaiah 33:2, and Psalm 32:7. These are so dear to me. I think that I get very worked up about birth because I know what is ahead. I have never had a smooth (I'm not talking painless!) birth, and as for many women, it's just scary!
I went to sleep with my Pandora set to my favorite Waterdeep channel and meditating on God's promises. I awoke around 3 to a new and strange sensation. It felt like my water breaking!! This has NEVER happened on it's own before- and NEVER as a prelude to labor. "Huh, well, this is exciting so I'd better put the midwife on alert and get some rest. " Rest I did. Contractions were sloooooowly getting more intense. Midwives show up and I have a bit to go. I try to rest some more. Some contractions and baby movements are just strange and sharply painful in an unfamiliar way. I awake and the midwives stepped out for a minute but things were starting to feel more intense so I looked for some relief in the shower. I get out as soon as the midwives return and I was feeling a strong urge to push. This would be a FAST birth for me, so I wanted them to check before giving into the sensation. I was as pleased as anyone could be with the labor so far. I was really relaxing my body and allowing it to work. It was the best experience I had ever had for birth , despite the sharp pains. The midwives go to check dialation and baby position (baby positioning correctly is usually the biggest issues for my birth) and Rebekah says oh I think we have an elbow....there's some quick comments about what to do...oh no, it's a foot. Both feet.
I have to say that I am a big supporter of delivering breech at home. I think that in many cases it is perfectly fine. However, for me, I have babies with good size noggins and I have a tough time getting them out in a timely fashion. When a baby presents itself feet first it does not have the weight or the width to help finish the dialation. We would get the biggest part of baby right at the base of the head and if the cord was clamped for any length of time the baby would not make it or have damage. We opted to head for the hospital and one that was on the other side of the mountain. Baby's health was good so we had some time. Cathy was there all the way by our side. She called and told them we were coming and even lined up the ambulance to meet us. The interesting part was that we met the ambulance at the hospital in our valley and they tried to make us stay there! But we had our plans. I later found out that they went about 100 mph the whole way! So much more funny things to tell about the VERY talkative EMT here but I will leave that for another time.
We arrived and were whisked away to an operating room right away. They quickly assessed the situation - I had made it to a 9.5 and CALMLY! - and gave me an option- they gave me an OPTION! But it was risky to try and deliver there on that table and we stuck with what we felt was safe and right as well as recommended. They worked very quickly and soon enough Eden was born! Sweet Christian by my side did not want to see her delivered (makes his stomach turn) but quickly took a glance to find out if we had a baby girl or boy. :)
The rest of our stay was for the most part uneventful. We had our typical hospital hiccups but it was so pleasant. At my follow up visit, my doctor said that they couldn't beleive how "zen" I was. I wasn't 'zen' I was being held by my Father and knew he was in control. Praise God for His loving comfort and protection and most of all for my sweet little girl. It was a new thing for us and something we never expected. I'm also so VERY thankful for the most wonderful midwife Cathy Schofield Larson- I am blessed.