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August 16, 2000

Rachel's due date was August 7th, but days passed an Adriana didn't seem any closer to labor. So her Doctor, Michael Dent, asked us to pick a day during the week of the 14th to go to the hospital and induce labor. We both wanted an "even" day, for no reason other than it sounded good and picked the 16th.
Adriana was admitted in the morning at the Birth Place in Naples. This modern facility is designed to be much like a room in your home. Family member can be present for the birth.

Doctor Dent broke Adriana's water around noon and noted that it was colored. This meant that the baby had a bowel movement. We found out this is pretty normal when they are past due. The concern was that the baby would inhale some of that water into its lungs and may cause infection.

Rachel was born after a couple hours of labor at 7:44 PM. Immediately the Doctor gave the baby to two specialists from the nursery who cleared its lungs and breathing passages as much as possible as a precaution. Rachel wasn't allowed that infamous cry right after birth so the team could keep her from aspirating any more meconium fluid into her lungs.
Along with this procedure come a three day observation period because they automatically start the infant on antibiotics. As much as we hated having Rachel take drugs, especially antibiotics, we felt this was the right thing. Adriana didn't get to keep Rachel in our room. Rachel stayed in the nursery and the Birth Place moved us in a room close by.

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In the morning, the pediatrician told us that Rachel was doing fine, but that she needed to be breathing a higher concentration of oxygen and kept on the antibiotics.
The nurses prepared us for a visit to the nursery by telling us that there would be a hood over Rachel's head, IV's in her arm and she would be in an observation crib. We really didn't care what she was in, we just wanted to see her. Adriana especially wanted to have her with her for as much time as the nurses would allow.
The evening of day two, the nurses were bringing Rachel into our room for nursing (IV still intact). The morning of day three, the pediatrician told us Rachel was fine to leave. We had already packed our things in anticipation! Rachel was going home.

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