I was admitted at midnight on a Saturday/Sunday morning. This is important because the doctor and his wife were opening a BEAUTIFUL, MAGNIFICENT, MILLION DOLLAR Maternity Hospital at noon on Sunday. I was 12 hours too early. Sigh.
Yes. It mattered.
The new hospital was not inaugurated, read – Not open until Sunday afternoon. I had to deliver in the old hospital. Now, when I say old, think India old. Think: they knew they were moving to a new facility and had allowed the old one to go to crap old. I didn’t even have a room, which was fine since I was happy to roam the crumbling halls til she came out. They did, however, place a cot in their file closet for me. So, that was nice.
Boom, when she came, she came fast. By my fourth child I knew when we were in the homestretch. I was beyond the point of words so I grabbed a passing teenage girl. Seriously, she might have been eighteen. I hoisted myself up onto the delivery table and man I REALLY wish I had some pictures. Words cannot adequately describe the filthy state of the table I delivered on.
Rusty metal table.
Thick, green plastic cover on top in use since forever.
It was ancient and stained with unimaginable things. And when I say unimaginable things I mean blood, gore, amniotic fluid, fecal matter, etc. Of course.
Let’s just say, it was crusty and I didn’t care.
This is Part 3 of 4. Find links here for Part 1, Part 2 and Part 4.
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After reading that, I feel like saying: Thankfully you both survived.
There was so much more I didn’t share – maybe another time. Nurses checking if my milk came in. Sister in law bathing me with a bucket and jug afterwards. The tales I heard later about my screaming reaching the parking lot. Yeah – it makes a good story, but I never felt fearful. Childbirth is just traumatic AND miraculous no matter what.
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