Heading into Southlake Regional Health Centre on the night of July 28th, I didn't know what to expect. The last message I received from Patty wasn't actually from Patty, it was from her husband Mark saying "things have gotten really intense really quickly, we're heading to the hospital"
Once I got up to labour and delivery, I was pleasantly surprised to see Patty labouring well and being admitted at 5cm. What unfolded from there was a fast and furious labour. As labour continued to intensify, and without knowing how much longer she would have, Patty agreed to an epidural. I was asked to leave the room while the epidural was being administered and unfortunately wasn't permitted back in until she was almost crowning. From what I was told, she shot from 6-10cm during the administration of the epidural. Parker Nolan came into the world stunned but alert, and measuring a whopping 59cm and weighing 10lbs 1oz. Everyone held their breath for Parkers first cry as he took a minute to figure out that he had vacated his cozy womb. Relief and joy overcame Patty and Mark when he let out a loud bellow of "I'm here!"
I have included a picture of the OB at this birth for a very special reason, and have asked permission from Patty to share this bit of personal back-story. This OB saved my life once upon a time. He holds very special place in my heart because if it weren't for him, I wouldn't be here. It's really hard not to get emotional every time I see him. His greeting to me everytime he sees me is "ANTONIA!!!! MS.ANTONIA, I AM SOOOO HAPPY TO SEE YOU WITH COLOUR IN YOUR FACE!" I know when I walk into a birthing space and he is there, so is protection over the couple and their baby.