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Baby Arrives Safely At Home

Posted May 20 2009 10:15am

While stories like Gina's often make the paper, we should remember that there are many many stories, like Gina's, where baby arrives safely, albeit unexpectedly, at home.  Thanks Gina for sharing your story!

Braeden Nicholas was born on Tuesday, May 12th around 1:14pm at the
Richardson home in University Park, MD! We did not plan a home birth and
Braeden decided he didn't want to wait for us to get to Shady Grove hospital
to be delivered by the Midwifery Care Associates midwives. Better than
being born on the beltway or I-270 though!!

the short version of his birth story:
My labor began around 4am with short, irregular and easily-manageable
contractions which continued throughout the morning. At noon, I decided to
try and lay down with our 2 year-old daughter Kayla to see if I could rest
and nap for a bit. Suddenly, I had 2 very strong and intense contractions,
on the third my water broke. My husband Chad helped me to the bathroom and
within 2-3 more contractions, I started to feel his head crowning. Our
wonderful doula, Ursula Sabia Sukinik, showed up just "in the Nick of time"
(Nicholas was my father's name) to help deliver the baby and catch him as
Chad and the 911 paramedics looked on and tried to help as much as
possible. We had no idea he would arrive so fast! He started crying, we
gathered our wits and we prepared to go to the hospital to have us checked

Braeden Nicholas weighed in at 8 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 21.5 inches
long. We are all still shocked at his sudden and intense arrival,
especially after being 10 days overdue (due date was May 2nd). We are very
truly blessed that everything turned out okay and that he is perfectly
healthy. We had many angels looking over all of us!

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