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Cymric Strain - Book 2

By Una Howell (USA - circa 1893)

Chapter 36 - Stillborn!

Copyright Scott Dunbar 2010

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Chapter 36


Stillborn!

Our telephone was on the first floor so George hurried down the stairs. It hadn’t occurred to either of us that I could be in labor, but it surely did to the doctor and he said, “She isn’t in labor, is she?” George assured him that we didn’t think so but by the time he returned to me I was hard at it. The doctor had said he would come at once but he was clear across town above the river and he was a long time coming (he had stopped to take a bath).


The water broke soon after George got back and I hung onto him with all my might and tried to hold back the baby. When he wanted to leave for moment I begged him not to. I don’t think he knew when the baby was born. When I could hold on no longer it came with a rush, long before the doctor arrived.


Calmness had overtaken me with the end of effort and I lay there trying to figure out what had happened. George called his mother and she and the doctor arrived about the same time. It was early morning when the doctor walked into the sewing room, drew back the covering and saw that my baby had been born. “You know, don’t you," he said, “that your baby is dead?” I was too dazed to reply. Then he told me that my baby had been dead for several days and that I was fortunate that it had come out or I might have died too.


Dr. Pelton also said he could not touch me because he had a septic case and he told George to call Dr. Bridge at once. Mother Cook was infuriated that he had come to the house and she flew at him verbally in real fishwife style. How had he dared to come here when he had a case of childbed fever? Then she ordered him out and told me what she thought of him all over again.


Dr. Bridge finally arrived and took over. Dr. Ochsner sent out a nurse from Chicago and the household quieted down. It was all very shocking time. I never had liked Dr. Bridge and I wondered why people wouldn’t go away and let me face my own tragic situation.

Losing the baby had not only been a great shock and disappointment to me, but to all of the household. Now I became sure that it was a punishment from God because I had not wanted it at first, and I tortured myself with the thought. Dr. Pelton had explained to me that the baby had not been receiving sufficient nourishment; the placenta was too small and he wondered if it was not noticed that the baby had not moved for days. I hadn’t and that was that. One the same day Mother Cook and my friend Mrs. Chalmers dressed the baby and the two alone laid it away in the Cook family lot. Mother offered a prayer over her first grandchild and for a time felt softer toward me.

Cymric Strain - Book 2, by Una Howell (USA - circa 1893) Current

Chapter 1 - Evanston

Chapter 2 - The Department of Music
Chapter 3 - Northwestern University

Chapter 4 - Beaued

Chapter 5 - Late for the 1am Train!

Chapter 6 - A Visit from Home

Chapter 7 - Bill Declares Himself

Chapter 8 - Engaged to be Married
Chapter 9 - A Grand Piano for Me?

Chapter 10 - Apartment Life in Evanston

Chapter 11 - On the Train with a Pass

Chapter 12 - Eric’s Decline

Chapter 13 - The Organist

Chapter 14 - Lilly Dies

Chapter 15 - An Unprincipled Woman

Chapter 16 - Music Critic

Chapter 17 - A Rich Young Man

Chapter 18 - Helping the World

Chapter 19 - On a Bicycle Built for Two

Chapter 20 - Mendelssohn Concerto in E Major

Chapter 21 - The Meister Way

Chapter 22 - An Admirer

Chapter 23 - Gentlemen Callers

Chapter 24 - The Scotchman

Chapter 25 - Checking on Maynard

Chapter 26 - Rich Young Man - Not so Much

Chapter 27 - A Page Removed!

Chapter 28 - The Marriage

Chapter 29 - Plans for a New Marriage

Chapter 30 - Honeymoon

Chapter 31 - A New Home

Chapter 32 - Getting to Know Elgin -1901

Chapter 33 - Our First Mobile (Auto)

Chapter 34 - Life in Elgin

Chapter 35 - Preparing for Birth

Chapter 36 - Stillborn!

Chapter 37 - Leave Leeches to Treat an Ear Ache

Chapter 38 - Winfield Illinois Sanatorium