A pregnancy is never easy for a woman. In fact, it is a testing time for the whole family. The first pregnancy is always critical, because it is something that has never been experienced by the new mother and father. During the second pregnancy, however, both are prepared. But childbirth is a complex procedure and you never know when something unexpected might happen. This was the case with Travis and Kim Guiley. They had to face something unpredictable which surprised them beyond anything –
1. Kim Guiley And Her Husband Welcomed Their First Child In 2014
Kim Guiley and her husband had their first child in 2014. But having an only child translates into having a lonely child. The couple always knew that they wanted another child to complete their family. In 2016, Kim was pregnant again. There were a few complications in it, but she was ready to give birth to her second child.
2. Kim Knew Beforehand What To Do When She Was Expecting Again
Kim had been in labor before, so she had a pretty good idea what to expect. The 28-year old is a practicing Doula – a non-medical birth companion who helps ladies during labor. In spite of a few scares, she knew how to handle things in a proper manner. She had enough experience to run things in a smooth manner.
3. After 3 Years Of Marriage, Kim And Travis Had Their First Baby, Hazel,
After three years of marriage with Travis, Kim had given birth to their first child, a girl named Hazel. Kim wanted Hazel to have a companion, because she also had a sibling – a brother. Kim wanted Hazel to have the same experience, but she had to overcome a lot of hurdles. The future ahead was going to bring heartbreak for her.
4. Kim Had Suffered Previously From A Miscarriage In 2015
In 2015, Kim was pregnant for a second time. Unfortunately, this time she had a miscarriage. That was a big problem in itself because she was distraught for quite some time. But she was able to overcome the grief because of her husband and daughter. After seven months of the miscarriage, she was pregnant for the third time. Would she be third time lucky?
5. Her Third Pregnancy Was Riddled With Issues
With Hazel the entire issue of childbirth was smooth. But with the third child in her womb, she was informed by the doctors that there were some complexities involved. This is what Kim wrote on her blog after a few weeks into her third pregnancy,”we suffered through scare after scare - worries about my gallbladder, concerning images on the anatomy scan, small fundal measurements, too much amniotic fluid and a transverse baby at 36 weeks.”
6. Throughout The Pregnancy Kim And Travis Didn’t Know The Baby’s Gender
Although Travis was keen to find out, Kim was no-no about the whole gender determination thing. Maybe, she had an inkling of something going wrong. But looking at Travis’ eagerness, especially after the couple saw the baby’s lower half during a scan, Kim had a hard time restraining him from doing so.
7. The Reason Why Kim Wanted To Keep The Baby’s Gender A Secret
During an interview, Kim told the Today, An American talk show, about the real reason why she wanted the baby’s sex to be kept a secret, "After the miscarriage, I was just really attached to having a healthy baby, regardless of sex. My husband wanted to find out, and I said, "˜No, let's have fun with it.'" Moreover, being a mother she had a fair idea of the gender of the baby.
8. Kim Believed That She Was Going To Give Birth To A Girl
Kim was so sure of having a girl in her womb. Why? That is because female babies are prone to have a complex childbirth. Another point in favor of this prediction was that both Hazel and Kim were expecting a girl to be born. Females have a sixth sense of intuition which men usually don’t have. But were they correct in their hunch? Was it really a girl?
9. Kim Became Extremely Sick Because Of The Pregnancy
On the Today show, Kim explained further about her assumptions about the gender of the child,”I was really sick with this pregnancy, and there's a correlation between sickness and having girls. And my two-year-old daughter thought it was a girl. I had all these silly reasons." Sometimes silliness could become the hardcore reality of life.
10. You Can Never Be Sure What You Are Going To Have
Despite her intuitive predictions, Kim was not sure that she was going to have a girl. "Because I'm a doula and I work with babies and births. I know you can never have any expectations about anything,” she added in her Today interview. Sigh, such is the plight of every mother going through the pain if childbirth.
11. The Baby Was Head Down In The Womb
The due date was approaching fast. During this time, Kim discovered that the baby was posterior. The baby was in a head down position and facing her abdomen. This is a common occurrence during a pregnancy. But it can be a little complicated than a normal delivery. On July 26, she was prepared for the delivery.
12. Kim Was Extremely Calm During Labor
The pregnancy was a tricky one. But despite of all the hardships, Kim was remarkably calm during the whole process. She went into early labor. Prior to that she had endured a fortnight of natal contractions. She realized that she was in labor when Travis mentioned it to her.
13. Kim Wanted A Home Birth, But…
The Guileys had prepared for a home birth, but owing to the complications involved they had also prepared themselves for going to the local hospital. Kim had also seen an acupuncturist and a chiropractor beforehand, so that she could get the baby to change its position.
14. She Let The Body Do It’s Thing
Kim recalls the entire incident on her blog,"I knew my baby was coming. I had survived the hardest few hours of my entire life and it was almost over. All it took were a few contractions this time and my body did it all - I never consciously pushed, I just let my body do its thing."
15. At 5 A.M., Her Baby’s Born
At 5:00 a.m., Kim finally managed to deliver the baby. After that, she pulled her newborn to her chest. She said,"I couldn't believe I had survived the past three hours and somehow still gotten the home birth that we wanted so badly." But everybody is curious to know one thing, was it a girl or a boy? It’s high time to reveal the secret.
16. It’s A Boy!
Despite having premonitions that she was having another girl, Kim said "After a couple of minutes, I opened baby's legs and discovered that we had a little boy! In that perfect moment, all of my dreams had come true. My family was complete." Aww, isn’t that cute and sweet to hear?