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!
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!
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!
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.