Baby Boy Y’s Birth

Baby Y came faster than expected!  Mama called me early in the morning to tell me she was going to the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Orange County, but she was sure she wasn’t that far along. A little while later her husband called and told me she was 8 centimeters dilated and could I please come quickly? Luckily, I was able to get there on time despite the hour drive from Los Angeles to Orange County. I think Mama actually held off pushing until I got there! I was there but an hour before Little Y was born. At Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Orange County, they have a team of midwives and doctors who deliver babies. Since Baby Y was considered a low risk delivery, a midwife attended. She let Mama pull Baby Y from her womb and up onto her chest. What a gift!

I will let the pictures, and a poem, do the rest of the talking.

O Me! O Life!

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
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Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
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Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
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Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
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  Answer.

That you are here—that life exists and identity,

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That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

 

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“That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

What will your verse be?”

Poem by Walt Whitman
As performed by Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society
Many thanks to the wonderful nurses, midwives, and doctors at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Anaheim, Orange County, California.
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Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Anaheim, Orange County, California.
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