Childbirth

Birth of First Child Was “Smooth Sailing”

Birth of First Child Was “Smooth Sailing”

image descriptionAshley and Dustin Wilson and the newest member of their outdoor-loving family, Jackson.

Ashley Wilson is one of those women who sailed through her pregnancy. Except for two things:

  • Tiny toes poking her in the ribcage at nine months. And . . .
  • “I was six months pregnant in October, and it was deer season. I wasn’t going to miss deer season! Dustin and I love to go hunting. I had a little trouble, but I kept up with him. So, really, our son, Jackson, has already gone hunting. Oh, yeah, he’s also gone fishing!

“He is an awesome first child,” says Ashley. “He’s happy and always smiling.”

Ashley Wilson is a medical assistant, so she was well aware of her good fortune when it came time to have her first child. “During delivery, you go into it hoping there won’t be any complications, but being in the medical field, you know something could always pop up.”

“I always knew I wanted to be a mom. I know how important family is. I had a great first experience. I would do it over again in a heartbeat, and probably will.”

Aside from a little early pregnancy nausea, nothing did. “For the first child, it was a really good experience. Everything was smooth sailing, and Kevin Harrington, MD, was more than amazing. I was super comfortable with him: I could ask him anything and everything, and I knew I would get an honest answer.”

Ashley worked right up until the day before she was induced. Baby Jackson was born on Jan. 29 — nine pounds, two ounces and 20-inches long.

“By the time I was all hooked up, it was 7 a.m. and Jackson was born 12 hours later. It was an all-day thing,” she remembers. “The nurses at Virginia Mason Memorial were awesome. The breastfeeding team was very helpful, because when we were in the hospital, Jackson was crying and crying, and we didn’t know what to do. A nurse came in and I swear she was the baby whisperer.”

“I always knew I wanted to be a mom. I know how important family is. I had a great first experience. I would do it over again in a heartbeat, and probably will.”