Oh, Baby Jens... you were so worth the wait! Almost 11 days past his "guess date", this sweet baby boy finally made his way into the world. For mama Jill and daddy Christian, this was the blessing they'd been waiting for. Though Baby Jens has an older sister (6) and brother (8), this little guy is a miracle rainbow baby... after Jill suffered from recurrent miscarriages and had to undergo fertility treatments.
A strong advocate in the Twin Cities birth community, Jill had planned on laboring naturally, hoping for a VBAC birth (vaginal birth after cesarean) this time around. Both of her previous pregnancies required a cesarean and this mama was hoping to feel the joyous pain of a natural birth.
Under the trusted guidance of her doctor and her doula, Jill was induced Thursday evening and labored for the better part of a day. By Friday evening, things began to pick up and her contractions finally began getting stronger and more intense. After walking and laboring on her birthing ball, Jill tried to relax with her music and e-reader. She was brought to tears as the contractions picked up strength -- they were as much tears of joy as they were pain, as she so badly wanted this little guy to arrive naturally.
As the hours passed, Jill and her team hoped that her body would cooperate so she could birth naturally. But it wasn't to be. Just after 1am Saturday, the call was finally made that there would be a third cesarean for this mama. Her team prepped and off she went to the OR, followed by her husband and doula.
Baby Jens was born at 2:09 AM, weighing in at 7lbs, 0 oz and measuring 19 inches long.
Proud daddy Christian brought baby from the OR back to the recovery room, and after some bonding time, mama Jill returned and got to see her sweet baby boy. Soon it was time for this little guy to eat and this little family spent the rest of the wee hours of the morning bonding before bringing in the rest of the siblings a few hours later.
Congratulations, V family! Your little miracle baby is perfect!
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