This fall, I had the opportunity to care for an amazing family at a vulnerable
time. A young couple in their early 20's discovered that they were
expecting a baby they did not feel they could parent. After exploring
their options, they chose the most costly one. They decided, together,
to have the baby and give him or her to a family wanting to adopt.
I entered the story when they came into the hospital to birth this baby.
They are a beautiful, peaceful, cheerful couple who after deciding to
give this rare gift, they discovered an aunt who had experienced a very
traumatic fetal loss. This Aunt and Uncle had been passed over for adopting.
They had given up hope of having children. Words are not adequate to describe
the sweet joys in this birth.
My patient, the mother in labor, was completely engaged in birthing and
stated, "I have felt like a surrogate throughout this pregnancy.
I have known this baby is not mine to keep". The surrendering parents
were calm and confident. They worked through the labor and delivery process
with sweat and tears. Together they brought their baby into the world.
I was able to support them. It was tender and extraordinary. The new parents
felt that their seven long years of brokenness was finally healed. Tears
of joy flowed from every eye and every heart was moved.
I love my job. It was a tremendous honor to support this family in joyful