My client had a fast and furious second birth this past week. I will be honest when I walked into the room and saw her in this gorgeous dress I was hoping the baby would be born while she was wearing it, that would make for some pretty beautiful pictures. Instead she got up to Room 13, climbed into the tub and rocked her 11lbs 8oz baby girl down into her into her hands. She climbed out of the tub and birthed her baby in under 30 minutes of mother lead pushing. After her baby was out she repeated “I did it, I did it” over and over again for a good 10 minutes. It was beautiful to witness the power of birth and believing that your body can do it!
T. has shared with us why she is sharing her images and story publically. I think it is a really important message that is told best by a woman who makes and births large babies. Thank you T. and D. for sharing your story and inspiring others! Our bodies are pretty smart.
“I wanted to share these pictures because I hope to inspire other women that birthing large babies vaginally and without pain medication is possible. Measuring big in a pregnancy can be very discouraging – the comments I received from strangers and even friends chipped away at my confidence and made me doubt my body. (T. was measuring 49cm at 40 weeks)
Although I often felt discouraged, wondering how I would get this big baby out, the support team I had around me never wavered in their belief that I could do it. Many times during this pregnancy and during the labour I heard the midwives, my photographer (who is also a doula), and my sister (a labour and delivery nurse) tell me to trust my body and trust my baby, which made such a difference in how I felt about the big job ahead of me. I hope these pictures show that with a strong and supportive team, a place you feel safe to birth in, and some reminders to trust your own body – it is possible to vaginally birth an 11lb 8 ounce baby without pain medication and with very minor (first degree) tearing. Our bodies are strong and our bodies are enough. And what a feeling it is when it’s done and that baby is on the outside!” – T.
11 lbs 8 oz
D. said “She is so small.” 😉
Big sister O. was there to check out her new baby sister. She was singing and doing the well baby checks. She was a natural.
Showing Grandma how it is done. 🙂
Those unmedicated birth hormones are pretty great!
Everyone is feed their baby.
This has to be the largest placenta I have ever seen! It was 2 lbs 8oz!!!! Now someone send this mama a massage therapy gift certificate for her back, stat!
If you want to read another awesome birth story, click here.
A huge thank you to my clients for sharing their birth stories with the world. It means so much to so many.