Just over 2 weeks before her expected due date, a very pregnant Allyson fell down the back steps of she and her husband's home and broke her right leg.
In the middle of Summer.
With an immediate need for surgery on her broken leg, and the need to wait for baby to arrive before that could be completed, an induction was set for a Friday night, and in Allyson went to begin the process.
Keeping in close contact with her and her husband, Dave, throughout the evening and following day, it was finally time to head to the hospital as things ramped up Saturday evening. I arrived just before 10pm, just over 24 hours after her arrival.
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With her crutches propped against the delivery room wall, she sat in the dim light from the bathroom, spilling out from behind the cracked door onto her bed. The warm glow casted shadows over her support system as they worked to comfort and nurture her through the throws of labor-through the throws of labor with a broken leg.
And right as the clock struck Midnight, she met her sweet son, Avett Luther, face to face.
A L L Y S O N :
I am often floored by the strength of women, but it isn't often that I witness the strength of a Mama like you.
Thank you for letting me be a small part in the telling of your story-the story of wonder and awe and the welcoming of your darling Avett.
He is a masterpiece.
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Husband + Mama for support
Doula: Katie Quinn, Dayton, Ohio
Midwives: OSU Midwives L. Schrader and E. Neiman