Susannah Kipke has had all three children at home and her husband has been supportive, but this was the first time he was doing it all alongside her. The family hired a certified midwife, Nicole Jolley, for all three of their children and planned a home delivery.
So when Kipke noticed her contractions Monday night, she expected labor to be a longer ordeal like her other children. The contractions went away and she went to bed.
The contractions returned at about 1 a.m. She was in bed about an hour before the contractions intensified and she woke up her husband.
“Around 2 everything started to intensify, so I woke Nic up and asked him to call the midwife ... and a few minutes later I told him he'd probably have to deliver the baby because I didn't think the midwife would make it in time,” Susannah Kipke said. “About a minute after that he helped me get up out of bed and the next thing I knew the baby was in his hands and it was over!”
She said it went smoothly save for the baby’s umbilical cord wrapped around neck. After her husband uncoiled it, the baby let out a cry and they settled in shortly before the midwife arrived.
“(The midwife) arrived about 20 minutes after the baby, helped Nic cut the cord, and did all her normal newborn and postpartum checks and helped us get settled,” Susannah Kipke said.
The mom and daughter have been looked over and a pediatrician appointment is scheduled for Wednesday, Nic Kipke said.
“Fortunately everything went really smoothly, and our daughter, who is not named yet, is perfectly healthy and my wife is doing really well,” Nic Kipke said. “It is not something I would have ever seen myself doing, it was a sort of beautiful experience as a father.”
The Kipkes’ other two children James, 4, and Evelyn, 2, woke up early to see their new sister.
And Nic Kipke didn’t forget the promise Evelyn made to her new sister after the family saw her sonogram at 21 weeks old.
She shouted “when you come out we’ll get ice cream,” Kipke wrote on Twitter Feb. 4.