|Hangin' with Momma waitng for contractions to begin about 3pm.|
Sometime just after 8:30 pm Jamboree started pushing hard , took a short break to drink some hot molasses water fortified with coffee, corn syrup, baking soda and salt. Then she made a few final pushes and produced this:
|Soaking wet and still attached by the umbilical cord.|
We helped clean the baby's face and she had some mucous in her nose and mouth so I sucked out her passages with one of those squeezy bulb thingys. I tied off the umbilical cord with dental floss (who knew it has lots of uses just like duct tape) and dipped the end of the cord in iodine to prevent a serious infection that occurs when bacteria travels up the cord.
|Momma finishes the job.|
Now to see whether we have a buck or doe so I take a peek.
|It a GIRL!!!!!!|
The next task is to make sure the baby gets the much needed colostrum. Soon she is actively seeking her mother's teat and after a few false starts, quickly latches on.
|Nothing like a hot meal. |
In this case it is colostrum, the early milk that contains all the antibodies the baby needs to survive.
Notice the afterbirth that is starting to be expelled after the last (in this case, the only kid) is delivered. A quick peek underneath confirms the baby is latched on and nursing well.
With mother and baby doing well and tucked under a heat lamp, I am off to clean up and leave them for the night.