Hello, sweet Aubrianna Kensleigh! She was born under water, to a proud mother, and weighed 7lb 6oz.
Her labor was smooth, although it began with strength waking up her mama from a restful night’s sleep. She rocked on an exercise ball, found relaxation in the tub, walked around outside, and even napped in bed – an effective circuit, supported and encouraged by her doula. Y’all, this was a great birth!
Welcome to the World, Jules Marie! We met this concert-loving sweetheart on March 18, 2017 with the assistance of a skilled physician. We needed a little extra help in addition to our home birth team, and the first words this woman said to her hospital nurse were, “Can I give you a hug?”
Her mother triumphed through a few days of start and stop labor, and was rewarded with a vigorous 7lb 3oz baby girl who was born into her father’s hands. A gentle, and empowering birth!
Estella Adriana was born underwater on March 15, 2017, and weighed a healthy 8lb 6oz. Her birthday was peaceful: soft music was playing, there were essential oils in a diffuser, and twinkle lights peeking under the door from her older sister’s bedroom.
There are a couple doulas in Estella’s family, and one future midwife! The calm birth vibes were flowing, as this babe was welcomed poolside by her family at home.
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 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.
Edwin Dudley arrived on September 20, 2016, and as his mother placed all 10 pounds of him on her chest she said, “Is that it?! Labor was NOT at tough as I thought it would be.”
This, from a first time mama who called me during transition to say, “I’m not sure …maybe I’m in labor?” I am still so impressed by her agility, as every time I suggested a new position she jumped at the opportunity. The birth team offered encouragement – but really, we followed this woman’s lead.