Natural Child Birth…With God!
Standing 5’2″ and 125 pds, one would say I was small. And to some, maybe even think I was crazy to know I naturally delivered a beautiful 9 pd 9 oz baby girl. The experience was quite challenging due to my size and inexperience; However, through Scripture we’re reminded, with God all things are possible!
I was 21, unprepared and scared. With still 4 weeks to go, my OB-Gyn professionally predicted I was already carrying a 8 pound child and by the end of my term, my baby would developmentally grow an additional 1 pound. The OB-Gyn planned to induce or bring about the labor at 8.5 months, but at the last moment she decided against it and allowed me to go full term.
July 29, 1995 came and it was time, and I mean the very last moment in time. You see, for 2 days prior, I experienced three episodes of false labor, so I literally didn’t know what real labor felt like. But as the saying goes, when you know, you know! I arrived at the hospital at 11:45 am, and immediately they began preparing me to deliver. It was all happening too quickly. I was scared and I changed my mind about delivering naturally, and asked them to administer something to ease the pain. To my greatest dismay, my request was denied because my child would be arriving sooner than anticipated and administering drugs would affect the baby…SO, I would be delivering a 9 pound baby, naturally.So it began, words I’d never heard before echoed the room… “PUSH!” And I did, and I tried, and I tried and tried, but this was physically too hard! The intensity of my emotions began to interfere and I remember speaking to God for the first time in a couple years, and I told him, “I can’t.” Within that moment, I exhaled and literally physically and mentally gave up. I immediately heard panic from the voices of my family members in the room, and noticed the big red emergency light on the wall, began to flash. More nurses entered the room and two began to push on my stomach, one on each side, yelling at me to, “PUSH!” I attempted to push lightly, but as soon as I began, I didn’t need to continue, because I felt a tingle in the middle of my stomach and with that, my child was born. All 9 pounds and 9 ounces of her.
Dumbfounded by what I just experienced, I needed some clarification with how my daughter was delivered, when I didn’t push her out! My grandma entered the recovery room and I began to weep. Her witnessing what I just experienced was my answer. She expressed her joy and shared my emotions as I lightly spoke, “I didn’t push her out.” With 100% confidence gleaming from her eyes, she commented, “I know.”
Right then, I knew
IT WAS GOD
who gave my child life.
You see, God knows our struggles. And when we cannot operate in our own strength, He helps us! It says in Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” And He indeed does! You see, He is not going to leave us, is always listening, and knows all of our concerns, desires, and needs!
He is indeed Faithful!
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