Birth Story of Hazel Mae by Photographer

Oh the beauty. The love, support, the grace, the calmness. Encouragement. Strength. This family had it all. A beautiful home birth of their second daughter. 8:30am on February 1st I got the text from the midwife to go now. GULP! This must mean things are happening fast! I sprinted out the door as fast as I could and drove (a little too fast) and made it with mom 10, complete, bulging bag, ready to push her baby out. She labored with such grace, a wicked calmness unlike I’ve ever seen before, especially how close she was to meeting her baby. She got in the birth pool shortly after my arrival and I witness her husbands support. He knew she could do this. He was constantly touching her, gently, a simple way of reminding her he was there, always. She bared down and birthed her baby’s head. Advised by the midwife she calmly stepped out of the water to sit on the ground for a little help. Her daughter was Earthside, and they were elated. “We did it” she said. It was beautiful. She was a birth goddess! Welcome, sweet Hazel.

The Birth of Jocose Emory (2/20/16)

Birth of Kamille

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This birth was quick, and mom was amazing. While planning a birth with the birth center, things took a turn and mom needed to transfer to the hospital for a quick induction due to preeclampsia. With magnesium and pitocin flowing she was determined to go pain medication free. And she surely did! Baby girl was born less than 2 hours after myself and the midwife arrived. Mom and baby were perfect and the family was smitten. Their love was beautiful to witness.

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Birth Story of Harrison Lee by Photographer

This birth was special. Leading up to this, the family with two baby girls were expecting their third. Their last. Momma went above and beyond to soak in every moment of her last pregnancy. This would be her second home birth after a cesarian. She also was the most prepared pre-birth planner from notebooks for the birth team, labeled everything, birth affirmations, the works! Dad is the only son, to an only son, to an only son, so the anticipation for what their surprise gender baby might be was on a whole new level. Dad could possibly be the last man to carry his last name. His last minute guess was another girl, whereas momma had a feeling the stars had aligned just right for her boy.

I got an update in the night that her water had broken, but minimal excitement to follow with slightly irregular contractions. I was tingly and couldn’t sleep, so after a few texts back and forth I decided to jump in the car and make the hour drive to her home. She labored so calmly, humming through each wave. We talked and laughed between them. She had the lights off and the christmas tree lit. It was beautiful. With finally deciding to empty her bladder, she was hit with wave upon wave. She knew. I knew. Call the midwife ASAP! The midwife, like I did, had an hour drive to her home. The youngest baby girl woke up from her slumber while dad called the midwife. Momma had prepared a beautiful birth room, with christmas lights, a birth pool, affirmations all over. She stopped in the living room and got on all fours. Baby was coming right there on the living room floor and right now. The intuition was strong for us all, including the midwife, who happened to be right down the street already! I ran to wake up big sister to join us as momma started to push. Within just a few minutes baby was here….

I must point out the photos momma chose on her wall to focus on.

Both of her daughters births. Her first baby a csection and her second baby a home water birth.

The affirmations she wrote herself are truly perfect.

 

 

“BABE. OH MY.. BABE! ITS A BOY!”

 

 

Pure Bliss