My very first birth of my son Abram in 2012 was wonderful. (42+5) It was a healing and transformative experience for me. I overcame a lot of fear and self loathing as well as found strength and support within my husband Bryan. Unfortunately, none of this was captured. The person I was relying on to photograph it – never. showed. up. I forgive her but man, these are moments I will never have photos of. My Husband felt compelled to jump in the birth pool with me to catch his first born son! haha! He was CHUNKY and beautiful and I wish I had more than a poor cell phone image of him.
My second birth of Rosalea, was a precipitous labor. (42+2) I seriously woke up at 6am and had her by 8am. CRAZY. I think it was all the prodromal labor that had been happening. Two weeks prior I had an ECV (breech baby) and my uterus stayed irritated. I barely made it to my midwife at Gentle Beginnings Birth center. (Where I also delivered my first.) Because I delivered so fast, my photographer friend didn’t arrive in time to document me catching her but she did capture beautiful moments afterwards. The student midwife was able to take some photos on our phones for us to have during the birth!
My third birth, (37+6) sweet Vera Wren turned into a high-risk pregnancy. I was dreaming / planning for a home birth. You know, the ones with warm water, twinkling lights and beautiful fragrances filling the air. It didn’t happen. I was diagnosed with polyhydramnios late in my pregnancy and had to transfer care to Acclaim Nurse Midwives and a perinatologist. I had pre-term labor at 32 weeks and had a week long stint in the hospital with magnesium and steroids. My birth experience was still great, considering. Acclaim Nurse midwives really went out of their way to acknowledge my home birth plans and tried to make me as comfortable as I could be while in their care. I really couldn’t recommend them enough. Vera came perfectly and in her own way.