This is a fun birth story I have rarely shared.
When I was a doula for a client, another Disney fan, she went into the hospital to have her baby.
Searching her bags, her husband couldn’t find her iPod. She got more and more agitated, saying she had to have her music. She knew exactly what she wanted to have her baby born to (not unusual for clients to do this).
Mom was telling dad he had to go back home for the music and I told her he would not have time. That made her even more distraught.
I suspected it was something Disney. Baby of Mine from Dumbo is a common Disney birth song. I had my iPod and asked her what the song was, maybe I had it on my iPod.
Crying, she said I would never have it and moaned out, “IllumiNations.”
IllumiNations was the closing water, fireworks, and light show at EPCOT from 1999-2019. It was glorious and I can still see every detail in my mind and it’s 2022.
As my client cried, I dug out my iPod and connected it to her speaker (that they had not forgotten) and turned on the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth music.
Her eyes opened wide and she said, “You’re not serious. You really have this on your iPod?”
I said, “Listen for yourself!”
She leaned back, her face went from tight and teary to utter calm with a smile.
Baby Born to IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
The birth was wonderful. Mom got her music and it was good.
Afterwards, we could not stop laughing that I had the one thing she wanted for the birth. How many doulas in the world would have that music at that moment for her?
I was never happier for a serendipitous moment as this one.