The Waiting RoomKristin and Glenn decided to have the baby via c-section, since this would give him more of a chance to be born alive. (see Kristin's blog post:Kristineats) The date was set for December 3rd. After that wish, they wanted as many people as possible to celebrate his life. The hospital staff was incredible and in full support of their decisions.
They had a social worker who kept us informed, from the timing of the C-section to the actual birth. Kristin and Glenn's pastor was there. He was able to pray for them before the actual operation and then came to pray with us out in the waiting room. Tears abounded, especially between my girls and me.
Shortly after 1:30 (I think) the social worker came out to tell us the great news. "Branch was born alive at 1:23. He let out a cry. Glenn has been holding him and he is now laying on Kristin, skin to skin." Katherine looked at me, I looked at her, we hugged and burst into tears. Our prayers were answered, a live birth, which is not a guarantee with a baby with anencephaly. Later, (2 o'clock, 3 o'clock, I have no idea really) Glenn came out of the birth/operating room with a big smile on his face and asked, "Does everyone want to come meet Branch?" The entire gang of us lined up and headed down the corridor. I was on my way to meet my grandson.