|Part of our delivery team (Hirada, Yajima, Akane) with Emi|
In the early morning at 4:30 am on 8/31, my water broke and thus began our delivery adventure!
Our delivery timing coincided with the arrival of our mission pastor, Sharon and 4 other members, who came from Los Angeles to serve our Tokyo Church (Kokubunji Baptist Church) and our church’s Tohoku children’s ministry SOLA.
See Sharon’s blog entry here: DO NOT DISAPPOINT
Even though I tried to induce the labor naturally as advised by the midwives by walking up and down slopes and walking up/down the stairs, my contractions remained irregular and 15 min. apart. It truly was labor doing this on one of the hottest weekends of the summer! I must love this kid.
By 7pm, we checked into Yajima Midwife clinic. The midwife staff (Yajima-san – head midwife, Akane-san, Hirata-san, and 2 midwife students) and Sterling all accompanied me into the simple tatami mat labor room to try to work their magic.
At 10 pm, Yajima-san decided that there needed to be some extra midwife magic to speed up this delivery. First, I drank an herbal concoction. Then, I was taken for a crazy and erratic 30 min car ride around the town that involved sudden stops, windy roads, and other unexpected turns with 3 midwives. OH, did those “natural” methods work! The midwives were moaning and breathing in unison with me in the car and then back into the tatami room.
With Sterling holding me, our precious baby girl Elise Masami Miller was born 1.5 hours later at 12:47 am on 9/1. Praise God for a safe delivery, and may He bless Elise in her life to know, serve, and love Him.
|Papa's first moments|
|Arrival moment of Emi meeting her beautiful little girl, Elise|
I stayed at Yajima Clinic for the standard 5 days to recover. (Very different from the average 2 day stay in a US hospital)
|Hi Elise "This is your Big Sister Geneva"|
Here is a sampling of some of the meals they served – full of vegetables, fiber, and protein.