Three births in one week, with one in Cleveland and two in the Columbus area makes for one emotional week. And emotions ran high, during the birth of Baby #3.
I first met Jodi at a Panera in late April. She had contacted me and hoped to become part of my 21 Birth Days Photography Project. I recognized her from the pictures of her I had saw on Facebook. She was a fair skinned woman into her third trimester. With one of her children in toe, she sat down across from me and introduced herself.
I noticed Jodi seemed nervous about this pregnancy as she smile and laughed between her words, as if she hoped it would help her cope with the previous still born she had nearly two years prior and with doctors telling her unborn baby may have some health issues. As Jodi fidgeted with her hands, she explained she had learned the limbs of her baby were measuring weeks behind where they should. At that point, genetic testing had been inconclusive but doctors were fearing Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type 1, which would cause the baby to have fragile bones and even a vaginal birth could cause bones to break.
Jodi continued to undergo testing and was scheduled to deliver at Nationwide Children’s Hospital at thirty-seven weeks, just a few days prior to where her baby hide died in womb two years prior. As his limbs continues to measure small, doctors again and again came back with no positive results of any genetic diseases. Although delighted with the results, Jodi decided to still deliver at Nationwide.
Jodi arrived at the hospital at approximately 11:30am and pitocin was started at about 1:30pm. Jodi had opted to not get an epidural because in her three previous pregnancies, she did not think they worked well for her. As day fell into night, and pain meds no longer helping her cope, she changed her mind and decided to try the epidural to relieve some of her pain. Soon after she received the epidural, Jodi became fully dilated. With a small push, the nurse attending to Jodi, decided it was time to call in the OB to deliver.
Soon the room was bustling with lots of people in blue and green coats and mask. With Nationwide being a teaching hospital, interns and resident doctors accompanied with doctors soon filled the room. A table of obstetric tools on a blue cloth now was uncovered, the bottom part of the bed was lowered, and the heat lamp above the bassinet was turned on. Jodi was instructed to take in a deep breath and let it out and then after breathing in again told to give a push. With a couple small pushes, Jodi delivered her baby boy shortly before midnight.
Despite the easy delivery and strong heart, her little boy was having some troubles breathing, which we were told is common for boys born at the 37 week gestation. Jodi watched on with her eyes filled with tears as the pediatrician and the intern worked on the small baby. As we watched them squeeze the blue filled balloon of air connected to a mask that covered his small face, the child’s chest rose and fell caving deep into his little body. They took breaks every few minutes stirring his body and getting him to cry out. And after spending several minutes working on him, they laid the baby, who was connected to monitors, on Jodi’s chest.
Tears continued to fall from Jodi’s eyes as she worried about her little boy that laid on her. Her face was filled with both fear and exhaustion and quickly she asked them to take her baby as she wanted him to receive the care he needed. Attempting to insure her they were watching the monitors hooked to him, Jodi wasn’t having it. Soon they picked up his small little body and placed him back under the heat lamp and waited for the NICU transport team to come to her room. The baby boy was transported to the NICU, with making a short stop in the waiting room to meet grandparents.
Because this Columbus, Ohio hospital is over two hours from my home, expenses have been incurred from doing this birth story, including gas, parking, food, etc. a Go Fund Me account has been started to help cover the cost of this Birth Photography Story. Any funds raised above the goal will go to covering future births for the 21 Birth Days Project. No mother is turned away once qualified for the project for inability to pay for services.
After speaking to Jodi this morning, the baby boy is still getting care in the NICU and mommy has gotten to hold him for periods of time. He weighs 5 pounds 8 ounces and is 18 inches long.