News from the Delivery Ward at Gullringstorp
I had sat with Frida now since 11 am on August 1. I heard her soft cooing labor sounds and watched as she tried to make herself comfortable. She has had massages to her back and hips and shoulders. This was our first time to witness her giving birth. The babies she had nearly 2 yrs ago, were born either in the late night or very early morning. We discovered them at 7 am March 16. They were clean and the box looked like the stork had knocked on the door and delivered 2 beautiful clean and dry babies to Frida. There was no sign of a birth by the time we arrived. This was different. We have been with Frida since her labor started and not left her alone.
I left her for just a bit (my husband took watch) to prepare dinner for us, and the cats and the other goats. I was back in the stable less than 10 minutes, when her labor started to accelerate. She started showing signs of discomfort and I knew it wouldn’t be long. I had read that it is a good idea to offer a mother in labor and after giving birth, molasses water. I brought some in for Frida and she was so happy to have it and drank it up neatly and quickly.
Then right before our eyes, she began to give birth:
We had a bit of a concern when the second baby came. Frida was so busy cleaning and attending to baby # 1 that when bay # 2 came, she kind of forgot about this little one. We waited to see if she would turn her attentions to this little one and we watched for movements. There was none and Frida was still busy with baby #1. Although I was Frida’s Earth Mother for this delivery, I was there only to keep her happy and comfortable. Of course I would step in if needed. I felt needed, so I grabbed a hand full of clean straw and just rubbed the baby where she/he lay. The baby moved and tried to get up but, the sac was still in tact. Frida saw me and went right to her work to clear this baby from the sac and start her vigorous cleaning which starts all systems in the baby. What a relief!
Within minutes, the babies were up and trying to walk on the cutest little legs I have ever seen! Nature takes over and they knew there was milk somewhere, but what end of mommy was it???
We had to force ourselves away and have dinner. Oh I hated to leave that wonderful sight! We came back to the stable at 10 pm and found both babies up and about, one this direction and the other in the other direction. I am glad after all that Frida only had twins and no more.
We left mother and babies to have a quiet night’s rest. It was difficult to leave, but we knew we just had to. We left feeling a bit like new “grandparents”. It was a wonderful feeling to know that we had taken good care of Frida before and during her pregnancy and she had an uneventful delivery.
We are happy to say mother and babies are doing well.
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