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 have so much to say about this beautiful birth. I'm not even sure I will be able to articulate it here. Jovanna invited me to her birth a few months before her due date, the first time we met I noticed how quiet and composed she was even when she was obviously uncomfortable during the last trimester of her pregnancy. The day she went into labor she was messaging me just like most of my clients do and I had plenty of time to prepare for the long night ahead. At 9:00pm we arrived at the Birth Center and I instantly thought to myself that this was going to be a long labor and I should have waited until the midwife checked her to see where her cervix was before I headed out. I have had a history of my births happening very quickly so at this point I would rather show up and go home instead of missing it all together because I chose to wait.
Jovanna was so quiet during labor I thought to myself there was NO WAY she was in active labor. She was literally silent and focused with an occasional small moan. Between her contractions the room was filled with smiles and laughter. Jovanna entered her birthing tub a little after 10:00pm.
At about 11:20 things started picking up and Jovanna said she was wanting to push a little, after a series of small pushes to relieve pressure her water broke. Two contractions later Calista was welcomed Earthside to a room filled with so much love. She was silent and focused just like her mama. She didn't cry once the entire night, not even when she got a vitamin K shot.
Calista's three older siblings came to meet her when she was about 20 minutes old and they were all smitten the minute they met her.
This birth holds a very special place in my heart because this is the same room our sweet Aria was born in. In that same exact tub with the same exact nurse and Jovanna and I had very similar labors (except I was definitely not as quiet as she was.)
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.