Even almost two weeks later, I am still processing everything, but here is an email that my mom wrote to my sister, telling her about the day:
Ruhiyyih had her baby on Sunday, the 17th, around 6:30 p.m. after about 15 hours of labor, starting with her water breaking at 3:30 a.m. She called us at 5:00, and we were there at 6:30 a.m, ready to spend the day. It was like a party, with the doula, the midwife and her assistant, Matt, Ruhiyyih and I together in the 'bathtub room' (Matt's study), and George just a few feet away in the kitchen. He felt so privileged to be included, nearby, and provided food for everyone. He could hear every contraction, and knew exactly when birth occurred! There was a joyful sound, then hushed murmuring, so Matt and Ruhiyyih could enjoy this moment. All of us worked together very well, the whole day, and her labor was well-done; she stayed on top of it throughout. I coached her in breathing and focus, and answered questions directed at me when it got tough. She was very 'in touch with her feelings', in control, sweet-tempered throughout. Polite to everyone, thankful. She sipped water and a special drink throughout, but did not hold down food.
Then she laid down on her bed, baby on top, and they waited for the afterbirth, and attended to details - the rest of us had some dinner, and revisited mother and baby after I did up dishes. It gave everyone time to have solitude and processing. Ruhiyyih was very calm and happy. The baby was not tampered with, no ointment in her eyes, no bath, no removal from her mama's arms throughout. I really liked this - and when Matts mom arrived about 9:30, she brought the baby into her bedroom, and held it all night, resting Adaryn on her chest, near her heart. The baby has not slept alone, but has had a human holding her now for over two days. Marion offered to do this so Matt and Ruhiyyih could get some good sleep (which they did), but it was also good for the baby. She is very sweet and easy-going, latched onto nursing in a gentle way, and is doing just great.
So that is the basic story... more to come!