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Simeon’s Story

Posted by on March 7, 2010

We need to share of God’s goodness to us through the birth of our son Simeon. It is a pretty neat story!

Before beginning the story, we should explain that through Kim’s experience and knowledge in the healthcare industry and with what we had learned in our birthing (read “modern day Lamaze”) class, we had decided we would like to have as natural of a birth as possible. We had a Nurse Midwife instead of a doctor and were planning on doing as much as possible at home during labor before heading to the hospital. Unfortunately, things did not go according to plan.
To begin with, Kim had some early signs of preeclampsia (high blood pressure, swelling, and additional protein in the urine) heading into the delivery date. This caused a little bit of anxiety for us and our midwife heading into it.
Early on Simeon’s due date, March 4th, at 3 a.m., Kim’s water broke, but since she was not having major contractions, we decided to wait until 7:00 a.m. to paige our midwife. When we were able to get a hold of her, she told us to come on in to the hospital and get setup. Even though Kim’s contractions were not advanced, with the preclampsia symptoms, she didn’t want to take any chances.
So we headed in and by 9:30 a.m., Kim was all hooked up to the equipment and had a pitocin drip started to have the labor induced. The pitocin definitely worked as hard contractions quickly started and lasted for about 8 hours. At around 5:30 p.m., after going through a little over 8 hours of grueling contractions which resulted in a lot of sickness, we were seeing very little progress. Kim was only dilated 1 cm. We could see that this was going to be a long haul and decided that Kim could not do this forever, so we opted for the epidural.
The epidural was met with a lot of relief. Much comfort and rest resulted. In addition, the pitocin drip amount was increased and so the contractions were strengthened with no pain to mama. Kim was able to sleep pretty well while she labored. Unfortunately, not much progress was made with the delivery. By 7:00 a.m. on March 5th, Kim was only dilated 3 cms and Simeon’s head had hardly descended. Our midwife consulted with the doctor on call and they both felt the birth was not going to occur vaginally. Being folks with good common sense, we followed their advice and decided to go with a C-Section.
Simeon Carter Delp was born at 8:34 a.m. on March 5th via C-Section weighing 6 lbs 9 ozs and having a 19.25 inch length. Our first family picture is at the top.
Here is the kicker: during the C-Section, the doctor noted that umbilical cord was extremely short, as well as it was wrapped around Simeon’s neck. In the end, the birth could not have occurred vaginally as every time he would try to descend, the cord would wrap around his neck and not allow the descent.
We are thankful to our risen Lord Jesus Christ and his provision of a healthy and well cared for birth our son and a healthy operation for mama. Both mom and son are doing well and recovering from the ordeal. Simeon has started nursing from mom.
We decided on the name Simeon because of the biblical reference in the Old Testament to the 2nd Tribe of Israel and in Luke 2 to the priest who was aware that Jesus Christ was the messiah. In Hebrew, Simeon means “obedient” and “listening”. We really like this name!!!
You can see more pictures of Simeon on our Facebook pages. Thanks for reading!
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9 Responses to Simeon’s Story

  1. Jen Foreman

    So glad that both Kim and Simeon are both fine. Hugs to you all.


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  2. Jamie Ross

    I have tears of joy for you!!! How exciting!!! I love the name and LOVE God’s faithfulness!!!

    I’ll continue to pray for you as you begin this new adventure with Simeon. It’s the most fun and the hardest work you’ll ever experience!

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  3. Andrew

    Wonderful post and news!!! We are going for a natural childbirth with midwives ourselves in a month when our first child is due to arrive. Great name as well.

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  4. Judy Amundsen

    What a wonderful story of God’s hand of protection over Simeon, and Kim, even before he was born. Congratulations and God’s blessings. He is just precious.

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  5. Judy Amundsen

    Welcome Simeon!

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  6. Sara

    Congratulations, guys! Funny thing, I just read the verse in Luke 2 this morning about Simeon and even had the thought that I like that name BEFORE I heard the news:)

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  7. Kevin and Diane McMahon

    Congratulations, Joel and Kim…….we are so happy for you! He looks so sweet and healthy! It is so wonderful for you both to have this handsome lad in your lives! Children give you so much meaning and purpose in your life and we know you will both grow along with him in his experience. Blessings be upon all of you! God will have you all well in His plan!

    Do not know if you know but Brian and Jen will soon have thier fourth child…….a girl……due in May. Jen has had some severe problems and she had torn her abs when she carried the twins (Keegan and Abby) and she has a hernia that is pushing through the abs. The larger she gets the more it pushes out. She can not have any surgical intervention until she has the baby…..probably 3-6 weeks after that they can do the repair but it will be an intense surgery for her. She can not pick up any of her children (the twins are 1 year old and MacKenzie is 3) so they have a gal in the home helping them.

    It has been a particularly hard time for them but also us. Kevin is still having cancer issues that he struggles with daily and I have had my 5th surgery on my hand/wrist in two years. They do not know if I will ever get the full use of my hand back. That is devastating to us as I lost my secretarial job due to the injury and can not work. The doctor thinks there may be more surgery in the future. And the bills keep mounding…….well over $100,000.00 now with no way to pay them.

    But God is good……..and we know He will work this out. We have witnessed so many miracles thru His grace that we have just let the worry go and sit in faith.

    Well…….must close……have to go to therapy………but many blessings to you all………..and a big hello to you parents.

    We miss seeing you but love hearing from you!

    Lovingly with an AWWWWW for baby Simeon!

    Kevin and Diane McMahon

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  8. Aunt Harriet

    Awesome! Praise God for a healthy baby boy! I’ll be eager to meet him sometime–hopefully soon. When will you be coming to Indiana?

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  9. Jessica Beltran Garcia

    Praise the Lord you have a happy healthy son. Congratulations to your family. I admire your commitment to the Lord and all your work.

    May Simeon bring you as much joy as Diego has brought us- Natalia is on her way 3 more months 🙂

    Best, Jess

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