Houps Welcome Joyous Bundle

Posted on November 30, 2011 by


Copyright 2011 (c) by Zachary Houp

Journalism and English instructor Zachary Houp–with assistance from his wife–recently brought a new life into the world.

Mia Faith Houp, born on October 18th at 8:30 in the morning, weighed in at 6 lbs., 9 oz., and measured 19 in.

“We wanted something simple and beautiful for her first name, and we wanted her middle name to represent something very important to both of us,” mother Jennifer Houp said.

“It was a wonderful event,” the new dad said. “But the worst part is seeing how discolored and misshapen a baby looks the moment it comes out.”

Although Mr. Houp’s wife had a fairly easy labor, lasting only 3 and a half hours, things didn’t seem to be going so well at the beginning of the event. The couple was involved in a car accident while rushing to the hospital. It took place on Penn Avenue, when someone ran a red light and hit the side of the Houps’ car. Thankfully, no one was injured in the accident, and Mr. Houp and his wife made it to the hospital in time.

Because Mr. Houp’s wife was only in labor for just over three hours, she was not able to receive an epidural, which didn’t make her very happy. When in labor, an epidural is typically a woman’s best friend.  An epidural is an injection of medicine through a catheter into the epidural space. The epidural space is the space inside the bony spinal canal but outside the membrane called the dura mater. This injection can cause both a loss of sensation and a loss of pain by blocking the transmission of signals through nerves in or near the spinal cord.

“I had definitely planned on getting an epidural, but everything happened so fast that there just wasn’t time. It scared me to go through it without any medication, but it all worked out well in the end,” Mrs. Houp said.

Though some students are wary of having another Houp in the world, most students and staff are happy for the Houps and wish him and his family the best of luck raising baby Mia.

“She is full of possibilities, which is one thing that’s so exciting. My hope is that she grows up to be a kind and confident woman who gets to spend her life doing whatever it is she loves,” said the new mother.

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