The 5 o'clock melody "Red Dragonfly," from the town loudspeakers is inaudible under the curtain of rain. To make up for the this, I play this Japanese folk song on my computer as I write. My room has a nice breeze thanks to the rain, and no longer sticky with summer humidity and fresh from my shower, the world is again quiet and lovely.
The 5th labor and birth mama arrived at Saito Birth House at 3am this morning. At 2, I had gotten up to look in on Onodera-san, who had her baby with us 4 days ago. A 5-day stay is typical in the Birth Houses and Hospitals here, and at Saito Birth House, each midwife takes an overnight shift to answer the possible needs of mamas and babies. I took an overnight shift last night, to be on-call for Onodera-san for my own experience and hoping to be of help to Saito-san. I was hoping to repay her many kindnesses. The Saitos and I sat up laughing and talking and eating and drinking until 9:20- well past our bedtimes! As it turned out, Onodera-san needed very little. But waking at 2, going back to bed and not falling asleep for a long while, then waking with the incoming mama- I was glad to sleep til 6:30.
Labor didn't get going in a straightforward way. It was taking its time.
|I encouraged Nagaki-san to try "curb walking" for baby's position. She was reticent, tired. "Come on," her husband encouraged. "Let's go." The air outside was fresh and cooler than inside. She enjoyed it just a little.|
|Things did get going after that.|
|And then they slowed back down. Saito-san said I looked tired and Shiramizu-san and I should eat lunch. So we did.|
|We finished lunch, and someone said, "Kayti, get your gloves on, the baby's coming!" So I hurried back into the birth room.|
|"These arms will catch your baby" - our new ad slogan?|
There was a good rocking of the building as an earthquake shook through a contraction and beyond around 11:30.
Baby girl. :) My first since I've been here. Maybe they'll name her Keiiteii???
|Ramen at MenMenTei.||For those of you who wonder why anyone would go out for "Top Ramen," just know that Top Ramen is to Ramen what Mc Donalds is to Filet Mignon.|