Tricia and Eric were expecting their first baby, a little girl. They planned to give birth at Natural Beginning Birth Center. I came during the night when Tricia was in active labor, and she was laboring in the tub. She was well-supported with her husband, doula, and midwife at her side. She was such a peaceful laborer, and had a such a calm environment. She labored through the night trying many different positions.
Finally, with the morning light shining in, it was time to push!
She pushed with all her strength to bring that baby down. She tried several different pushing positions and techniques.
Finally, exhausted after pushing for many hours, it was decided that it was time to transfer to the hospital. This is such an emotional decision, but she was so lovingly supported and encouraged that she was making the right decision for her baby.
The hospital is across the street, so the whole birth team walked over with a determination to see this baby being born.
Her doula lovingly set up her hospital space, and she enjoyed a nap with an epidural before beginning to push again.
After pushing again for another few hours, it was time for baby to come. A doctor joined us and assisted with a vacuum to bring baby down the rest of the way.
After all her hard work, Hazel finally made her appearance and is in mama's arms. The new family rejoiced and dad bonded with his new little girl.
Radiant, yet exhausted, a full 24 hours later, mom finally achieved the fruit of her labor and had her baby girl in her arms. She worked so hard and was so brave and determined through all the changes in plans. The depth of love and strength of a mother as she works to bring her baby earthside is unplumbed.
Congratulations Tricia and Eric! It was an honor to document your story!