December 15 – Paul and I go to the doctor and are told that my amniotic fluid level is too high, preventing Lily’s head from becoming fixed in my pelvis.
December 17 – There is no change in the amniotic fluid level and Lily’s head is still not where it needs to be. The doctor tells us Saturday, December 19, I will have to have a cesarian section.
December 19 – We started out early, around 6:15 am. We arrived at the hospital at 7:00 am and I started getting ready for Lily’s arrival. Her heart beat was checked and was normal. At 8:30 am it was time to go down to the operating room. At 10:30 am I was back in my room and Lily was getting cleaned up.
My doctor came in a little later and told us (me, Paul and Shannon Worthy) that when Lily was born the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck twice and then around her shoulder. One of her legs was by her shoulder. A natural birth would have been impossible and if it had been attempted the results could have been very bad.
I was so nervous about the high amniotic fluid level, but if God had not allowed that level to be high and her head to not be fixed in my pelvis then Lily might not be here. So many things could have changed the outcome of Lily’s being here: if we were an hour later arriving at the hospital, if the c-section had been scheduled for the next day, if the doctor had been running late, etc., etc. I am not dwelling on these things, but am writing them to acknowledge that God is sovereign over all things. Praise be to the God who knows all and holds our lives in His mighty and capable hands. Thank God for high amniotic fluid levels.
This has been an experience that we have been able to share with our friends here, both Christian and non-Christian. We have shared how God knows everything and everything is in His hands. So, I praise God that Lily was born without complications. I praise God that He used what I thought was a big thing to bring Lily into the world safely. I praise God that through this He name is glorified. I praise God that through this we are able to share with others how great and wonderful He is.
How sweet it is to rest in the knowledge that God is soverign over all things.