Las Vegas, NV
SO EXCITED for this birth! My first repeat client, but mostly excited because Miss Ann is a dear friend that suffered a crazy illness after the birth of her second child. An illness that almost took her from us all. We worried 2 years ago if she would live. Then we worried she wouldn't fully recover.
But you see...she is stubborn (and I can say that because she is my friend) and she had these two beautiful children to live for. She recovered fully and became pregnant within a year! Truly an inspiration.
And this day in late June I got a call from her husband...who was still at work...saying "She is in labor. Doesn't think she is in labor. Is cleaning the house like a crazy woman, and you should probably come over now cause she will deny labor until it's too late." Ha! Yes that does sound like dear Miss Ann.
So I packed up and headed over. The family was prepping the house. The doula had just gotten there and the midwife, Miss April Kermani, was on her way. But miss Ann was still doing dishes, sweeping the floor, laying out food for her older kids to eat, putting toys away, and muttering "I'm not really in labor." Honestly...it was kind of fun to watch her have a whopper of a contraction, and then flip right back to putzing around with household chores.
But I think once the
midwife arrived...her contractions started getting hard to breath
through...and we were asking her if she wanted to get in the
tub...reality sunk in.
Her 3 year old had a grand time playing in the birth pool as mom changed into her bikini, but when it was time for mom to get into the pool...little Miss Eleanor didn't want to leave "her pool". She wanted to help! She kept saying "Mommy you ok?" and "Baby you be nice to mommy." She poured warm water on mommy's sore back, hugged mommy's belly, and even tried to feed mommy a cheeseburger. It was the most precious thing to watch and to capture.
In all, from the time I arrived until baby was in moms arms...about 3 hours. Around 4 hours total of full labor, and my dear friend who almost lost her life from a freak illness just 18 months before...is now a mom of three AND is as healthy as a horse.
It was a beautiful birth, and I hope you enjoy a few of my favorite images below.