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Labor and delivery.
Some women fear it, some women embrace it. Regardless, if you are expecting, there is no running from it. Is it your first born? You might be scared because you have no idea what to expect. Is it your second C-section? "Been there, done that, lets do the damn thing". Maybe it's your fourth or fifth child and you are planning an all natural home birth. Whatever it may be, you are about to endure one of the hardest yet most rewarding days of your life. Buckle up because it might be a long, wild ride.
What I love about birth photography is how different every story is. I get to capture every different story and it's incredible. Hospitals are different, nurses and doctors are different, birthing choices are different, parents are different. Its all unique and special with each birth.
My most recent birth allowed me to basically re-live my own birth story with my daughter. Mom's birth plan was an all natural water birth. Like always, babies have other plans for us though. Her water broke around 2:00 am Friday morning before contractions even began. She called me around 3:30 to let me know they were heading to the hospital. I arrived around 9:30 am because she was only one centimeter dilated so I knew it was going to be a long day.
Mom was determined to have her natural birth, which is pretty rare for a first time mom. She couldn't labor in the tub until she was 6cm dilated. Hours passed, contractions intensified, but mom kept in good spirits. She played her Christian music, bounced on her ball, walked the halls, and laughed through some contractions. I did my best to provide extra support when dad had to leave the room to go get food making sure she breathed and had positive thoughts.
Well, those positive thoughts trickled down when she was checked and only 3cm dilated. At this point she was 15-16 hours in. She still didn't give up. She cried as she power walked the halls, she really wanted that water birth. Oxytocin was then suggested to help with the process and she took it. It wasn't laughter and smiles once that medicine hit. She tried using gas to help with the pain but I knew from my own experience with being induced, the pain she was feeling was unbearable. She begged for the "shot" (epidural) for about an hour. Her mom and fiancé knew she didn't want it and looked at me for advice. I gave them the look, the look as in "It's time to let her have it, its what I did and it helped me relax and dilate."
She got her epidural and things definitely sped along. We knew things weren't going as planned but at that point, we just wanted her sweet baby to enter the world.
Mom pushed for hours trying to get baby past the pubic bone. Her midwife and nurses didn't give up and resort to a C-section to get him out, which I LOVED. They turned her in all different positions for 30 minutes each and then would have her push again. I could tell she was beyond exhausted, she had been in labor for over 24 hours now but she was not giving up. Her and her team's dedication amazed me, which was different from my personal birth experience.
Finally around 5 am the next morning she delivered her precious baby boy. All of that hard work paid off. Everyone's faces in the room lit up with joy. It was a glorious moment, one that every momma deserves to have.
She inspired me that day. She not only inspired me to attempt a natural delivery for my next one, but inspired me to keep pushing for something you want (literally).
What was your birth story? Let me know!