I’ve captured almost 30 births just this year and I’ve learned so much about the process of welcoming a fresh new soul into this world…
Birth is messy.
Birth is beautiful.
Birth is uncontrollable.
All of the planning and researching and strategy in the world just can’t predict how any birth will progress.
When this mama reached out to me about documenting her baby’s birth, I was elated to hear she was planning to deliver at Rite of Passage Birth Center in Friendswood. Many of you have read about my own birth story HERE and know that I delivered my son at home with a midwife in 2001, so it’s no surprise that I’m a huge advocate for out-of-hospital births. However, my opinion about birth is that the best place for a mother to labor is where she feels safest and for most mothers, that means in a hospital.
This mama researched, planned and strategized. And then she labored. HARD.
After almost 36 hours of labor and being stuck at a 6cm dilated for over 8 hours, she was transferred to a hospital and welcomed a sweet, healthy baby boy by C-Section.
Although things didn’t go as she planned (and they rarely do!), I hope this birth story reminds her that she (and her birth team!) did everything possible to deliver this baby naturally and in the end, a healthy baby and healthy mama are all that really matters.
Oh, I almost forgot!! There is a series of shots towards the end in the hospital room that look very similar. Watch closely. That’s the family finding out the gender of the baby because mom was under general anesthesia due to an ineffective spinal epidural, so the doctor kept the gender a secret so mom and dad could find out together