The best holiday gifts are ones we can look forward to enjoying always, and Becky and I got the best of those this holiday season with the birth of Hazel Anne Hudspeth, daughter of Samantha and our son David, just last week. Hazel is the second of our two grandchildren, the first being Jack, 18-month-old son of our daughter Carrie and son-in-law Liam. We’ve found it such a joy to watch Jack’s development as, with delight on his face, he masters some new skill, usually by dint of much conscientious repetition; surely, play serves as the work of youngsters!
My daughter and daughter-in-law’s birth experiences in terms of venue were very different — and both of them, in turn, markedly different from our birth experiences over three decades ago. While Carrie gave birth in a traditional hospital setting in Boston (similar to Becky’s those multiple decades ago, though much more user-friendly), Samantha gave birth in a birthing center. The Connecticut Childbirth & Women’s Center is very birth-couple and family friendly, with the full medical facilities of Danbury Hospital right across the street if needed.