ReliefI have never experienced such a feeling of relief as I did when my son was born. It truly was the most emotional night of my life.
The pregnancy itself was unusual in that my wife, who barely weighed 100 pounds, gained 100 pounds. But all of the vital signs and everything else were normal.
During the night of the delivery, though, at one point it was just me and her in the room as the doctors were giving it a little more time, mainly because her blood pressure had skyrocketed as soon as
She was crying with pain and being curious, I looked under the sheets. Blood was flowing out of her and not thinking this was natural, I called a nurse.
When she saw the blood, her face went white and she went for the doctor.
Within 10 minutes, my wife was in the operating room for an emergency C-section. The doctor told me as he went in that it was possible for both to die.
As you probably know by this time of the reading, they both made it through. When the doctor came out and told me this, I yelled and started weeping. He also told me that if I hadn't taken that peek and it had gone another five minutes, we would've lost both.
The placenta had released from her uterus and was discharging before he did. Without a placenta, he had minutes left to live. And a dead baby inside kills a woman within minutes, according to the doctor.
Today, I'm still married to her, still crazy about her and our son is 27, working on his doctorate at Kansas State. And three years later, we had a daughter whose birth was as natural as anything, with no problems at all.