It was my fourth birth and second at the Amish midwife's house. Folks were telling me, "Aren't you afraid to have a child when you are so old?"
I so wanted to have another child, but, I guess, because of miscarriages, my periods were very irregular. Each month was disappointing, and I wanted to not have to be concerned about it and thought of using birth control. When I told my dear husband, he said, "Are you sure that you want to do that?" I said, "no" and turned it over to the Lord.
When I went into the doctor's office because of terrible lower back pain, she asked about when my last period had been. She said that she would take a pregnancy test -- just in case. I had so completely given my desire to the Lord, that I was surprised when it was positive. The nurse said that I looked a lot happier than when I came in!
I found that I was more concerned with this pregnancy, but every thing went well. I had made a couple of "false" trips to the midwife's house. She finally said that sometimes older mothers need a little help and gave me pitocin. It was wonderful to be at her house while I waited. The back of their house was set up like a hospital, but comfortable. They welcomed me into their home. It has been over 20 years now, but I remember, especially, the two quart canning jars. They had a large family!
Our fourth girl arrived shortly before midnight on Father's Day! She was a healthy 10 pound 11 1/2 oz red head! My dear husband preached his Father's Day message and five year old Raquel and him came to pick up baby and I that afternoon.
As with all our pregnancies, we did not know the sex until they were born. I had reminded Craig on the way to the midwife's that we did not have a girl's name yet, if it was a girl. He said, Yes, we do. If the baby is a girl, the name will be Merrianna and he spelled it just that way!
Each birth, each child has been special and we thank the Lord for His goodness to us.
PS: With both hospital births (8lb3oz & 9lb3oz) the doctors gave me an episiotomy, which resulted in stitches and weeks of discomfort. By way of contrast, both deliveries by midwife weighed in at over 10lbs, but there was no tearing and therefore no stitches required. May I add that Molly also served us a wonderful meal after each delivery. Good Amish cooking.