The phone was ringing as I clicked to post my most recent post. It was Elanor saying to come quick, Bear was coming. In the 8 minutes it took for us to drive over to Chris and Lorna's, Bear was born. No midwife, just Chris and Judy, who caught the baby - and Lorna! Judy is now an old hand at this AND her name will be on another birth certificate! Way to go Judy!
I have to say that using a midwife was absolutely the best thing for Lorna - even if the midwife was late to the actual show. The prenatal care was excellent. Judy, Lorna and Chris handled the actual birth very well. Once the doula and midwife arrived they took over. It was calm and normal and very, very nice - better than my experiences in a hospital. And Lorna tells me that the follow-up care is also very good.
Using a midwife is not for everyone and if there had been an emergency, it could have been bad. But it was all normal and knowing how fast Lorna goes from not much going on to having a baby - this was great for her.
We all got to hold the baby. There may be a photo of me with him later.
Chris pointed out that Bear has his Uncle Jeff's toes! He can not only curl and grab with his toes - he can spread them way wide.
So, here he is, all 8 lbs 13 oz, Moses Beren Goldsmith!