NINE pounds! You sure do know how to grow 'em!
My last one was 6.8lbs, and I had a horribly huge cervical lip. I had the midwives from AKH&B here, and I was frustrated that things weren't moving faster. I told D that I thought the baby's head was "off," and she said I was right, and suggested I do some different types of stances to get her head more centered. It helped.
Then I did a cervical check when I thought, "This baby should have been out with that push," and found a cervical lip the size of a baby's arm. It was unbelievable. (D didn't find it because I do my own checks for the most part). I asked her (sitting on a stool in the shower), "What in the world is that?" and as she looked puzzled, it just came to me. I said, "It's a cervical lip, swollen out of proportion. You push it aside and I'll push her out."
And bless her pea-picking heart, Dana did. And Iris was born on the next contraction as I screamed (I never seem to be able to not yell during a birth), all tangled and purple and *tiny.*
I will forever love D and her abilities because she trusted me in those moments, and then she moved out of the way so my DH and I could catch Iris together. We in Fairbanks are so fortunate to have her.
my little story got long, sorry