Meghan and Greg reached out to me last summer as they were planning their January 2019 home birth. They wanted a different experience from what one can typically expect from the hospital, and were very confident in their decision to have their baby at home. As they live in a more rural area, they’d expressed from the start that their only concern was what the weather might be like during their birth.
Fast forward to January 19th, during an otherwise mild winter – Buffalo is in the middle of a wild snowstorm, and Meghan tells me she’s having inconsistent contractions. As she’d predicted it, and we were also on the brink of the super blood wolf moon, it shouldn’t have been a surprise! Meghan was doing great throughout the day; making soup and binging Netflix, ignoring contractions and resting between. Things unexpectedly picked up very suddenly when, at around 1:40am, Greg texted me and their midwife and said that Meghan felt like pushing. We all headed out to them, and although this is Buffalo and driving in snow is a part of life, the weather was pretty treacherous and the trip took over an hour.
When I arrived, it was clear that Meghan was indeed pushing. We were all thankful when the fabulous Fika Midwifery team, Maura and birth assistant Nicole, got there just 15 minutes later. Within an hour, Meghan was holding her beautiful baby boy, Van James. The new family snuggled in bed together, while the birth team sipped coffee in another room and waited for a bit of daylight to drive home in.
Such a smooth, perfect birth during the perfect Buffalo snowstorm.