With much joy, I’d love to introduce the newest member of our family, Noah Moshe. We are overjoyed to welcome him into our family life – and are already so amazed at his own sweet personality.
The situation of his birth was also a reminder to us of how much superior God’s design is, than our own. It also has been a tangible reminder of the immense value of living in trust, as I have spoken about a number of times on the Raise Up A Standard platform.
Noah was born on September 6th via C-Section, at 38 weeks gestation, when we discovered that we were gifted with a third little boy. I had been considering “trialing a VBAC,” as I had previously had 2 C-Sections with my other two boys. However, ultrasound findings had indicated that he was potentially not growing normally, a condition called “IUGR,” or “Intrauterine growth restriction.” This, along with other factors, played a role in our family decision to go with an early repeat C-Section (at the recommendation of the doctors that we had been working with). He was also highly monitored for the final months in utero, during which time I attended up to five appointments a week for various forms of monitoring.
However, interestingly, upon his actual birth, we found that the conclusions of the doctors, based on the repeat ultrasounds we were receiving, were not correct in his case. He was perfect when he came out – and in the 50th percentile on all measurements. At 38 weeks, he was a 6lb, 8oz baby.
I have a feeling he wasn’t quite ready to come out. I am very thankful for modern medicine in many ways, especially the lifesaving advances in acute care. But, certainly, in the case of Noah’s birth, we were given the reminder that no manmade technology is perfect, and I think most of us are completely aware that modern medicine has many downfalls. In Noah’s case – whether it was purely the C-section, or whether it was the particularly early C-section – soon after his birth he began having breathing distress. Within hours, he was admitted to the NICU, and placed on a “SiPAP machine,” which provides oxygen under pressure, to ensure that he was receiving enough. He had a great deal of fluid remaining in his lungs, which was likely a result of not having experienced the pressure of contractions, and not having been squeezed in the birth canal, as is usually the case with natural birth.
He would remain in the NICU for just over 10 days, and though there were difficult, confusing, and emotional moments for me, overall he recovered very quickly and progressed well. I feel very blessed in his quick progress back to health, and was also blessed with amazing support by all of the excellent nurses and doctors in the NICU. I was also tremendously blessed to be able to find a room in the hospital, right next to the NICU, in the family center established and funded by charity. I was so thankful that not only did I have my own nearby room to stay in, so that I could quickly establish feeding with Noah when he was ready, there was also a large common space where my husband was able to bring our other two boys, Asher and Jacob. In that shared space we could prepare and share meals together and the boys were able to enjoy the ample children’s toys, games and activities. There were also other families going through similar experiences utilizing the space, and a very supportive atmosphere with amazing staff and volunteers.
Even though I have had to deal with guilt relating to not listening more to my intuition in this situation, and less to medical advice (before his birth), I truly believe that God was with us all throughout. He has immensely blessed us – and given us this perfect little soul to bring home and to become a part of our family. We thank the Almighty Creator for this wonderful gift.
Now, if only I could figure out how to get a full night’s sleep…
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” (Psa. 139:13-16)