Posted by: dougandem | June 17, 2010

Claire Niamh

Claire: clear or famous

Naimh: pronounced “nee + iv” or “neev”, “radiance, lustre, brightness.” The daughter of the sea god Manannan, she was known as “Niamh of the Golden Hair,” a beautiful princess riding on a white horse.

Emily was induced into labor with pitocin around 10.30am. However, real contractions never really started until after the doctor broke Emily’s water (around 4pm), then they came fast and furious.

Emily labored for about 3 hours, during which time she dilated from a 4 to a 4, before requesting an epidural. I left for about 45 minutes to grab dinner and give updates. When I returned Emily again started feeling fast and furious contractions. During the short time that I was gone, she had dilated from a 4 to a 9.5.

After laboring down for a couple of hours, Emily started pushing around 9.30pm. The doctor had not arrived yet so a brilliant resident came in to check on our progress. The intelligent resident, who epitomizes everything I see wrong with medical professionals, quickly determined that we were not progressing and that, as Emily once described it, her scrotum (a.k.a. sacrum) was in the way and that there was not enough room.

Entitled Resident: I am sorry. I know that you wanted to try to deliver this child vaginally, but it appears to be not possible. It would be best to prep yourself mentally now for a c-section. This way both you and the baby will have a healthy delivery. I will let the doctor know and we will get you prepped once she gives the go ahead.

Emily (internally): Are you kidding me? After all this? Just throw in the towel, that quick.

Doug (holding my tongue): Damn resident. Where is your tact? Are you looking for an excuse to perform a c-section? to boost your numbers? Have you no heart? You ………idiot.

10 minutes later….

Dr. Willers: We are doing this. There is ample amounts of room. I can’t guarantee that you will be delivering this baby vaginally, but I can guarantee you that we will try.

The single thing that shifted this from a good experience to an outstanding experience was our doctor. She genuinely cared for her patient and wanted to fulfill her desire to complete a VBAC. She understood this, took charge of the situation and delivered. Thankfully there are medical professionals who care and love what they do.

After 2 hours of pushing, Claire joined our family.

Emily, Ben and Claire

Emily and Claire came home today.

Benjamin couldn’t have been happier.

– Doug



  1. what a cutie. congrats guys

    • Congratulations Emily, Doug, and Benjamin! Can’t wait to see her…

  2. We already love her and can’t wait to meet her in August!

  3. Congrats! She is super cute! I love the look on Ben’s face when he is looking at her – like he isn’t sure what to think.

    Best wishes during these next few weeks. Wish we lived closer so I could help out with playdates and dinners!

  4. Way to go Emily. I am so happy for your successful VBAC delivery. Sorry you had to be pregnant for a whole extra week, but hey Claire definitely looks to be worth all the hard work. Congratulations! The first pic of Ben holding his sister is classic. Genevieve had the same skeptical look on her face when she met her new little brother. Ahh siblings. Take care and enjoy the “sleepy” period. It seems Emory just woke up AND discovered his level 10 volume. Alisha

  5. Congrats!!!! you guys are awesome!

  6. I’m so happy you had a great Dr. She is beautiful! Great job, Em. What a cute family you have.

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