I was seven months pregnant and Mother's Day had already taken on a different meaning to all the Mother's Days before, I was almost a mother. We did the usual almost a mother day things (Yes, there are cards for that) and then spent the day visiting our families.
Late afternoon I drove my partner to the airport, he had to go away on business, and on the way home I started feeling a bit lightheaded and sick. I put it down to the fact it had been a big day and I knew I'd miss him when he was gone.
By the time I got home I was cramping a bit and called my aunt, who has 5 children. I told her what was going on and she said she thought I was in labour. Unfortunately she lived in another State and couldn't help me.
I called the hospital and they said not to come in, was probably nothing, just a big day and lots of emotion. I convinced myself I was fine and went to bed.
I tossed and turned and woke up throwing up. I called a friend to come over and help. She was a nurse and called an obstetrician to meet her at my apartment.
She quickly assessed I was in labour and did what she could to make me comfortable. It was the obstetrician who looked me straight in the eye and asked me if I wanted to be a mother today, or try to hold off the labour until the baby was ready.
I said hold off. I remember the injection going into my arm and not much after that. I woke up the next day with my girlfriend, the nurse sitting next to me with a drip in my arm. I was never taken to hospital because they thought moving me would cause more problems.
It took a couple of days to pull myself together and I wanted to thank the obstetrician, but when I called the number my friend gave for him, I was told he had passed away the day before. I was so upset by this news, this man had saved my daughter and I never got the chance to thank him.
My daughter was not born until mid July and was perfect. Every Mother's Day I think of what almost was and am so grateful to this man and my friend for being there when we really needed them.
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Claire from NSW
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