Just after Granger begins breathing well on his own, I feel a contraction. It’s strong, but I figure that it’s the placenta coming. Mama had warned me that the afterbirth contractions are stronger the more births you have had. I bear down, but nothing seems to happen. My midwife pulls gently on the cord and a little more comes out. She says it seems to be stuck on something. I can now hug Granger to my body and I hold him skin to skin. He’s warm and slightly sticky and while I have a break from the contraction I look him over. He’s amazing. Tiny and beautiful and amazing.
Mama has left the room to be with Ava. The final moments of the birth were a lot for her to handle.
Another contraction comes and I can’t stand to sit on the side of the bed anymore.
“Oh, oh it hurts.” [Read more…]