This, friends, was amazing. And when I say amazing, I mean like this-is-truly-a-miracle-kind-of-awesome-amazing AMAZING. It was unlike anything I have seen in all my years – and quite possibly the most beautiful.
Before I share a bit of this story, I must first say thank you to my sister, Allison, and her hear friend, Kate. Allison, without you, my path and Kate’s would not have crossed. And Kate, without you, my photography would be nowhere near where it is today. You believed in me and trusted me with two of your most precious life events – both of which provided amazing “first” experiences for me. My first maternity photography session was with you and Clint about seven years ago. And my first birth photography session was with you and your family last fall as you welcomed your third child into this world through water birth. During both of these experiences, butterflies were fluttering about in my stomach, as I am sure they were for you – but for different reasons. Thank you. I am forever grateful 🙂
This beautiful birth story began late September/early October with Kate and me meeting up at a coffee shop to talk through her birth plan and expectations. We toured Health Foundations Birth Center in St. Paul, the place where she was planning to give birth.
From there, I prepared and researched, and Kate’s belly grew round (nice and round!) I got a little nervous. Okay, A LOT nervous. And everyone grew more and more excited as each day passed because it meant we were one day closer to baby arriving.
It was a late-evening in early November, when, after about 5 hours of active labor, I got the text and call saying it was time.
I arrived just after 9pm to calm, strong, beautiful Kate and supportive husband, Clint, working through contractions together.
Shortly after that, Kate made her way into the birthing tub.
It was beautiful to see her circle of support surround her and provide encouragement.
About an hour after I arrived, their little one emerged from the water and was welcomed with joy by mom, dad, excited big sister and brother, family and the care team surrounding her. So beautiful.
Baby needed a little extra help taking her first breath, so the care team calmly and quickly took steps to help her get a few puffs of oxygen to open up her lungs. Everyone let out a breath of relief and tears welled up in many of our eyes.
It was amazing. That first little cry from a moments-new baby.
For the next couple hours, baby was loved on by all. The children got a tour of the placenta (how fascinating!) Baby had her exam, and, after midwife and care team consultations in the wee hours of the morning, baby was bundled up and taken home to be with mom and dad in the comfort of their home.
Thank you, Kate and Clint, for letting me see and experience the awesomeness of a natural birth.
Welcome to the world, sweet baby A!