The beautiful Vanessa Caldwell with her daughter Charlotte (6 weeks).
Vanessa and her husband were able to conceive without complication much faster than she'd anticipated. She had a healthy pregnancy that she very much enjoyed. While Vanessa had hoped to have a natural birth at home, her husband said they didn't know what they were doing and he wasn't quite ready for that so they planned for a natural birth in hospital. Vanessa ended up carrying to 41 weeks when they decided to induce. She was ready to get her baby out and called the hospital in the morning to get her in. They didn't have space and that afternoon she decided to just go in. At about 8pm they were able to get her in for induction and things went well for some time. Charlotte's heart started decelerating so they had her labor just on her left side, a cesarean was mentioned several times and she kept asking for time to push. They gave her an hour but Charlotte still wasn't coming on her own. Vanessa was given the choice of a cesarean or vacuum assistance and she chose to try the vacuum. In two pushes Charlotte was out and her placenta came with her. Her cord was only the length of a straw and wasn't allowing her to come out without her placenta. Thankfully her placenta did not tear and both she and Charlotte were in great health. Charlotte has taken to breastfeeding beautifully and Vanessa's transition to motherhood has been a wonderful gift.