Joy Helen was born on a warm evening in March, after a tranquil labor, and weighed 8lb 1oz. Her mother asked for peace with each wave, and that feeling was certainly WOmanifested.
When talking with Joy’s mama about her birth, she remembered thinking, “Oh, I guess I should catch her now!” after surprising herself with how quickly she arrived. A slow delivery of the baby’s head is a healthy transition for them both, but the body can come much faster!
Welcome to the World, Calvin Peter Parham! He arrived on February 6, 2017 after his mother worked through a swift labor with incredible grace. When I first walked into her bedroom, I thought she was sleeping …she was, in fact, pushing!
Thirty minutes later, we met a sweet 6lb 8oz baby boy, who squawked and sneezed on his mother’s chest – a beautiful, natural birth!
Tobias Crosby arrived underwater on January 12, 2017, while his mother and I celebrated FIVE beautiful births together. (Liberty Nicole just graduated to the role of “Big Sister!”)
There a special level of comfort built between a woman and her midwife after this much time together. She was joking with me during his birth, “Oh, I must be getting close, because I see you running through a list in your head and double checking supplies.” 😉
A sweet, sweet welcome to Axtell Antone! He was born on January 4, 2017, weighing a healthy 9lb 8oz. I feel privileged to have cared for this family, as the love in their home is overflowing! His mother and I built a connection of the heart during her prenatal care, and assisting her with a gentle and wholesome birth experience has filled my [chai tea] cup for the year!
Evelyn Rey was born at home on December 22, 2016, and weighed 7lb 14oz. Her mama sailed on the waves of a quick labor, all the while convinced there were hours left to be worked through.
It was a peaceful birth, candlelit and quiet, on a cool Winter morning. Evy’s grandmother lives in the neighborhood; our paths crossed in the front yard at dawn as I was packing up my mobile office. I always feel so proud of these strong women, when a new mother introduces a fresh babe to the matriarch.
Welcome Earthside, Eleanor Grace! It was a peaceful and undisturbed birth, and I think her mama would have liked to savor the labor energy just a bit longer!
My favorite moment, was when Eleanor’s mother trusted that she was just minutes away from meeting her baby. Oh, the joy of supporting a woman catching her own baby after a cesarean …these birth days are encouraging, and will keep me working the looong (and short) labors for a lifetime.
Welcome to the World, Milo Star-Lord! He arrived underwater on October 12, 2016, after his mother worked silently through a steady and uncomplicated labor. He weighed in at 8lb 2oz, which was a surprise to his midwife. (I expected him to be a little smaller; his mama kept him securely behind strong abdominal muscles!)
Milo’s mother was supported by her old-lady-Rottweiler-dog-doula, who birthed puppies at home herself. It was just the sweetest, and I could see sympathy in her gentle canine eyes.