Amanda and Chuck Rosinski knew they wanted children. But it hadn’t been easy. They’d been trying for almost three years before Amanda finally got pregnant.”This is a real answer to a prayer for us,” Amanda said, as she sat in a comfortable leather chair in the Family Birth Place at Valley View Hospital Thursday morning.The couple arrived at 10 a.m. to have labor induced. They’d already picked out the name Bennett for their son, who was due that day. Amanda and Chuck wanted to make sure their new baby boy arrived before the new year and a new insurance deductible.They had visited the delivery center, which opened in early September, a couple times and took tours of the new facility. “It’s hard to believe we’re actually here and it’s not just a tour,” Chuck said. “When we leave, we’ll be taking a baby home with us.”Amanda, 31, had mild contractions for about a day and her cervix was three centimeters dilated. A woman needs to be 10 centimeters dilated before she can give birth, explained Donna Tasler, Amanda’s mother and a nurse at the birthing center.Most women take 12-14 hours of hard labor to deliver their first baby, Tasler said. ‘Blessed one’Chuck said the name Charles, means “manly.” He took up the subject of names and their meanings when he said Bennett means “little blessed one.” Amanda and Chuck chose the name because they believe that the birth was truly special.
It had been a long road to this point for the couple.Amanda was in a car accident on Highway 82 in November 2003. She spent two weeks in the hospital, had surgery to repair her spine, and then spent four months in a back brace.”This is a miracle baby,” Tasler said. “And a miracle momma.”After Amanda and Chuck were admitted to the birthing center, a nurse led them to a labor and delivery room with dim lighting, wood floors, warm colored walls with elegant trim, a built-in couch against the wall and a blue quilt on the bed.Amanda said she was not nervous.”I am really ready,” she said. “It’s not that I’m tired of being pregnant. I really liked being pregnant. I just can’t wait to meet him” After lying in bed for about an hour, attached to a fetal monitor, Amanda put on a terrycloth robe monogrammed with the initials FBP (Family Birth Place) and strolled hand-in-hand with Chuck through the birthing center. Movement is supposed to help jumpstart labor and decrease the mother’s pain.Amanda and Chuck visited the kitchen, which smelled like chocolate chip cookies, and they commented that it felt like it was someone’s home rather than a hospital.Amanda rocked in a rocking chair and bounced on a yellow ball in her delivery room while Chuck played soft instrumental music on the CD player. The couple learned about creating a relaxed, comfortable environment from their birthing class, which met two hours every Monday for six weeks.Still waiting
By 2:30 p.m. Amanda still wasn’t ready to give birth.She walked down to the cafeteria with Chuck so he could get his free lunch. They paced the halls and spent time talking in the delivery room while Amanda bounced on the yellow exercise ball.At about 3 p.m., Margot Dunn came into the room and offered Amanda and Chuck complementary massages. She rubbed Amanda’s feet, neck and shoulders with aromatherapy oil. She did the same for Chuck’s neck and back.Karen Knudson, Amanda’s midwife and family friend, checked in on her at about 3:30 p.m.Midwives deliver more than half of the babies delivered at Valley View Hospital.Tara Tilende took over the nursing shift at 4 p.m. Amanda was still only three centimeters dilated.At about 5:30 Amanda, Chuck and Tasler went for another walk, then the couple moved their things into a postpartum room, fit with a couch where Chuck could grab a nap, a flatscreen TV and a big picture window.Time for a babyAfter some more walking, Amanda was still only dilated three centimeters.
At 7 p.m., Knudson broke Amanda’s water in hopes of getting things rolling. That’s when Amanda’s labor really began.She went into the Jacuzzi for some relief and to warm up, just before her sister Sadie Tasler and her fiancée, Jose Gonzalez, arrived.”She asked me, ‘Mom, is it normal to feel like I never want to do this again?'” Donna said. “She’s really progressing fast now.”At a little after 8:30, she was dilated five centimeters.At 8:55, Tilende excitedly announced that Amanda was dilated eight centimeters.Gonzalez called Amanda’s father, Ed and he appeared in the hall outside the deliver room shortly after 9:30.And at 9:54, Amanda’s first and only loud cry could be heard in the hallway. It was followed immediately by Bennett’s cry.”Oh Bennett,” Amanda said. “Hi, honey.”Donna came out and let everyone know that Bennett weighed six pounds, 11 ounces, and was 19 inches long.”He has red hair and he looks just like Chuck,” she added.
Chuck carried out his new son into the hall. Bennett’s eyes were wide open and scanning the smiling faces.”It’s hard to believe,” Chuck said. “It’s really hard to believe.””You’re a dad,” Ed said.”I’m a dad. I’m a dad. There are no words to describe it. I feel such joy,” Chuck said.Amanda, exhausted, received complements from family members as she nursed her new baby.”What do you think?” Chuck asked, video taping his wife and baby.”Wow-ee. I have a newfound respect for moms,” Amanda said. “It was seriously like running a marathon. I was panting for air. It’s a good thing there was an incredible reward at the end of that.”Note: This is the first in a two-part series on Amanda and Chuck Rosinski’s experience at the Family Birth Place. The second part, detailing the events after the delivery, will run Tuesday.
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