Las Vegas, NV
I must say...I thought I would miss this birth. It's not very often that I feel that way, but I seriously thought my lovely backup photog was going to get to be there to welcome this squishy little man into the world. You see Mom's EDD (Estimated Due Date) was over Easter weekend...while we were out of town! Eeek! But everything works out as it should, right? And we made it back on Easter, with mom not really having any signs of labor. Phew! It was then that I knew I would get to be here for it, and expected it to be any day....any day....any day...
As the days past, my heart started to ache for mom, a dear friend of mine. Going past your EDD can't be fun. I mean, we all start getting the "Have you had that baby yet?" questions starting at 37 weeks practically. But once you go over...they become a daily or multi-daily occurrence. Those questions can be so hard on a mom. They can eat away at her confidence for her birth. They can make her anxious and start questioning...WHY? So I didn't want to ask. Instead, I tried to message her "How are you doing?" and "Stay strong. You got this." type messages.
But as the days past, you could tell mom was a little tired of being pregnant. This momma is an old pro...expecting her 4th baby and also a Childbirth Educator. She knew baby would come in his own time. Yet, we all get to the point when we are just DONE, and I think April 17th was her day. That's when contractions began...
At almost 2 full weeks past her EDD, I get a text message at 11:30pm saying "Having some stronger contractions tonight...just wanted to give you a heads up." YAY! Her day was finally here. So I made sue everything I needed was ready to go, and headed to bed. But at 4:15am...another text comes in and it's time to leave.
When I arrive at the families home, mom and dad are "dancing" through some contractions...holding each other and lightly swaying. The midwife, Miss Sherry Hopkins, is there with her student midwife, Miss Cassie Franco. And the lovely Miss Jollina Simpson is there setting up the birth tub. A baby will definitely be here today.
After setting up my equipment, it was just after 5am, and mom was about ready to be in the tub. In fact...I think she was about ready to jump in even if it wasn't full yet. Ha!
Once mom got in the birth tub, labor seemed to pick up the pace. Contractions were getting close together, and mom wanted dad in the tub with her for support. It's always wonderful to watch a husband supporting his wife in labor. And as mom is a Bradley Method instructor...having dad there helping was key.
As the hour passed by, the sun began to rise. The room began to fill with beautiful sunlight, and we all knew this baby was waiting for dawn to make his arrival. By 7am, mom was ready to meet her son, and dad hopped out of the tub. Her waters hadn't broken, and we were all excited to see if this sweet little boy would be an En Caul baby. Then all of a sudden...Pushing!
As mom pushed...you could see baby's head still in the amniotic sac. It was amazing to watch baby's head crowning and then out, with the sac still intact. Then....just as his shoulders were delivered the waters break and he is born into the hands of the Midwife and his Daddy. Yep...I cried. It was such a beautiful sight.
Big brothers, grandma, and auntie were all there to witness this little boys grand entrance. He snuggled in for some cuddles with his momma and daddy as big brothers admired him. Mom said "I guess you won't be going to soccer today." to her eldest son. His response "That's ok. I'd rather welcome a new family member." Yep...teared up again at that! Such sweet boys. Such a beautiful family.
I hope you enjoy these beautiful images from this amazing birth...