Kendra and Mitch are no strangers to things not going according to “plan”. They have gone through years of fertility testing, and a round of IVF in order to get pregnant. Their original goal was to have a home water birth, but after Kendra was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes they decided it was best to give birth in hospital.
May 12th was a beautiful day. We discussed for me to meet them at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre for the start of their induction. When I entered into the auditorium, I noticed a crowd had gathered. Turns out, the Stanley Cup was there for a few photos ops. I quickly snapped a few photos of it on my way up to meet Kendra, who had texted me that her contractions had started.
It was such a beautiful experience to witness and support them through. Mitch was a rock and offered so much support and reassurance to Kendra.
Their experience, while not what they had originally envisioned, was still empowering and gave them both a new perspective on life and parenting. Although we may make plans, life has a funny way of letting us know exactly what we do and do not have control over. Parenting is also much like birth in our need to “control the controllable.” We do not have control over a lot of external factors in pregnancy, birth, and parenting. What we DO have control over is how we react and respond to our circumstances. Kendra and Mitch are wonderful examples of this.