Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

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Baby Eve Arrives, Dad Helps Deliver

All's Well that Ends Well!

It’s probably the latter part of this headline that caught your eye – and I don’t blame you! Yes, Baby Eve Lane Frederiksen arrived early Saturday morning by way of a midwife and labor and delivery nurse … and, yours truly.

Here’s how it went: Julie’s labor pains began shortly after midnight, evenly spaced every three to four minutes. Julie was able to tolerate them until about 12:45 am, when I suggested we head to the hospital. I just had this feeling she was further dilated then what early labor often brings (two to four centimeters). Sure enough – 30 mins later in triage – we learned Julie was seven to eight centimeters  dilated. It was go time. We were moved to an L&D room, where we were met by the midwife who recommended Julie jump in the hot shower. About 20 mins later, her labor pains forced her back to the bed. Time: 3:15 am.

“David, roll your sleeves up and put these gloves on,” said the midwife to me.

“Hmm, good call – she wants to make sure I’m sterile when I’m holding Julie’s hand,” I thought.

I was mistaken. “Now come stand by me and get ready to catch your daughter,” said the midwife.

With intrepidation, I positioned myself next to the midwife and let nature take its course. Julie had one giant push, and the top of a head appeared. The midwife positioned Baby Eve and then grabbed my hands and put them on Baby Eve. “Pull gently,” she said.

Presto, Baby Eve.

I was scared and overjoyed all at the same time! I hoisted baby Eve up on Julie’s chest and just marveled. What in the world just happened?

What just happened was life, and I literally had a hand in it. What an amazing gift. Thank you all for allowing me to share this time in my life with you. The finish, like the start, has been strong and memorable.

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