You might remember my GORGEOUS Maternity session from a few weeks ago.. Well Ireland decided to make her debut in the weeeee hours of August 11th, weighing a perfect 7lbs 2oz. Mom had a pretty intense labor but worked through each and every contraction with the help of her amazing husband and wonderful Doula. Ashlee worked so hard during her labor, probably walked a mile back and forth at the birth center. She moved into and out of the birth tub before settling into the bed. Lynn her doula (https://www.facebook.com/loveandlabor) was with her every second. When Ashlee was doubting she could do it, Lynn was there to give her positive affirmations, rub her back and hold her when she needed it. In the end Ashlee had the birth she imagined and had an amazingly supportive birth team, I can't wait to share her entire birth story with the world! For now enjoy this preview. <3
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I was so honored when Olivia asked me to be part of her birth. When she hired me she warned me that she has fast labors and man she wasn't kidding. I wish I had this long beautiful birth story to put with this blog post but the actually story goes something like this. Olivia called me at 2:00pm and told me she was heading to the Birth Center, her contractions were getting stronger and she wanted to be there with time to spare before she delivered her new baby. She arrived at the Birth Center less than 5 minutes before I did and I arrived at 2:34pm. They had already begun filling her birthing tub so it was 3/4 of the way full when we got there. Fran was her midwife and she had Olivia lay down so she could check her cervix she was at an 8!! Olivia promptly entered her birth tub, she extremely focused and spent some time talking to Weston, she told him it was time and that she was so excited to meet him. Lynn, Olivia's doula was such an amazing support person for her. 20 minutes after arriving at the Birth Center, Weston made his way earth side. He was born at 2:54pm. I spent the next few hours with them, and watching mom and dad bond with their new son. It was such an amazing experience and I was so honored that I got to be part of it.