I was lucky to get to do a maternity session with this family as well as be present at their beautiful home birth. We met at a local park to catch the wintery evening glow in early December, then the wait was on for the mid-January due date.
As the mom of 3 kids who all came a week (or more!) past their due date, I know that many babies are snug and want to stay put a little longer than 40 weeks. This baby turned out to be one of those, and so it was 8 days past the due date when I finally received the text at around 11 am that things were getting under way. We stayed in touch throughout the day and then around 9:30 pm I got the call to head over.
Their midwife from Metro Midwifery had arrived and her mom & their close friend were there as well. Upon arriving I immediately noticed that she had the no nonsense intensity of someone who was definitely in active labor and headed towards transition. This was her first time in labor but I was in awe of how calm, and in control she was - and really working with the contractions by using lots of gravity, standing, squatting and using the birth stool.
Her partner was at her side throughout and their connection through this process was so sweet and gentle as well as being physically supportive.
The water in the birth pool needed to get up to temperature and when this was finally accomplished with a little bit of help from boiling hot water on the stove, she was able to get in the pool. Two or three contractions later and baby was born into the water at 11:10 pm and brought up to moms chest. Baby was alert and eyes wide open!
The golden hour on the couch was followed by a newborn exam on the bed and learning to latch. I left a little after midnight, a short 3 hours after arriving. Thankful to have been present to witness the birth of this strong mom and their beautiful child, welcomed by family & midwives in a calm and gentle way at home.