Two years ago in Vancouver, BC I attended a beautiful fast home water birth that was quick and powerful. I was contacted about 8 months ago to document this families second birth. There is nothing better then getting to attend a clients birth for the second time, especially when the first baby is all grown up!
A day before her 40 week date, I got a call at 2:21 am. Sweetly the mom requested that I come soon as her waves had started one hour before, they were still spaced but they were definitely baby bringing surges. Her husband was filling the pool and the midwife was on her way. I headed over to find her in her bedroom rocking on her ball surrounded by her beautiful art.
With in an hour she was in the tub. We could all tell her baby was coming soon.
This was between pushes right before she was ready to birth her baby’s head.
This is the big push as she delivers her baby’s ‘head’ into her hand with her husband right there to help if she needs it.
She looked right into her husbands eyes and said “It’s a bum.”
Sure enough it was. 🙂
With the next surge she pushed the rest of her baby out into her hands.
A soon as they were snug in bed, he was nursing away enjoying his mothers colostrum with his umbilical cord still attached to the placenta. (It is in the bowl.)
We kept the umbilical cord attached until mom was read to have it separated, which was about 1.5 hours after her son was born. We gathered special candles and made a cardboard tinfoil divider. Then we gathered on the bed for a beautiful cord burning ceremony. Just as the candles looked like they were on their last breath the umbilical cord separated. It was such a beautiful ceremony for such a special birth. It was magical.
Then baby’s big sister woke up. It was the sweetest introduction to her new baby brother.
They both can touch their toes to their noses. 🙂
The best part is they named him Frank. He really is the cutest Frank I have ever met.
Baby Frank was in a frank breech position. No one had any idea at all that this sneaky little guy was head up. The midwives handled the birth beautifully, they were both calm and very hands off. It was beautiful to witness.
A huge thank you to my clients for sharing their birth stories with the world. It means so much to so many.
Morag Hastings is a Doula and Birth Photographer located in Vancouver, BC Canada. Come check out more of her work on her facebook page at www.fb.com/vancouverbirthdoula or feel free to email me at email@example.com I would love to hear from you.