Do they get inspired by other babies that have made it through recently, and decide to come early just to join in the fun? It's a funny image, but it kept coming to me recently as seven babies came in a steady stream. The due dates ranged from August 28th to October 14th...but they all decided to come in a 10 day period.
But let's just recap the past 6 months...
Of the births that I attended, there were:
32 beautiful babies
31 labours (yes, there was a set of twins in there)
30 vaginal births (yes, just one cesarean - 3.1%...not the twins!)
23 (74%) totally undisturbed births (i.e. just go into labour, have someone listen to baby, rare vaginal exams at the mother's request, and that's all)
4 epidurals (that includes the cesarean)
As each woman's birth story became reality, I would tell my other clients, hoping to inspire confidence.
These stories seemed to have a cumulative effect...with amazing results.
We are all in awe.