When I met Kayla, I was excited to hear that she was planning a home water birth for the birth of her fifth baby. She and her husband would be welcoming a son surrounded by their four daughters and family. When I go on-call for clients I can’t wait to get updates on what they’re feeling and how they are doing as their labor gets closer. I soon got the heads-up text that Kayla had been having pretty intense contractions on and off in the evenings for a few days. However, this little boy had other plans and made it clear that he was only going to come when he was ready.
When I arrived at Kayla’s a few days later, her daughters were busy preparing the birth space and making sure the birth team had enough coffee and snacks. They were the perfect little hostesses! You could feel the excitement that they all had as they got ready to welcome their baby brother!
Kayla labored beautifully in her room and on her birth ball giving her girls snuggles and hugs in between contractions. The girls made sure to talk to their baby brother and let him know that they were ready to meet him!
Even the sweet family pup knew that baby would be coming soon. Dogs seem to always know, don’t they?
At one point, Kayla’s contractions slowed down, so we all gave her space and some peace to rest and sure enough just a few hours later it was time to meet baby boy. I arrived back at Kayla’s, and I could hear the water filling the birth pool- a good sign! This time contractions were more intense as Kayla labored with her husband and soon asked if the water in the pool was ready.
After getting into the birth pool, it seemed like only minutes before her sweet baby boy was in her arms. The girls’ reactions were absolutely precious. They read affirmation cards and cheered their mom on while she worked to bring their baby brother into this world. “You can do it, mama!” they said. “You ARE doing it!”
While we waited for baby boy to give a good cry, he was so alert and looked around at everyone. There was so much love welcoming him, some tears of joy and many smiles all around from everyone.
This family then enjoyed beautiful bonding moments with their newest member. It was such an honor to help them document this exciting day, and I will never forget this absolutely beautiful birth experience.
I had the honor of attending this home water birth with midwife Tracy Cuneo of Graceful Birth Services of Georgia as well as midwife-in-training Delandra Vincent of Labor of Love Doula and Childbirth Services. It was also an opportunity for meet to meet Angela Orenczak of Inspired Motherhood Birth and Lactation Services. All of the kids and the family loved watching new baby Liam’s newborn exam where he was also checked for tongue and lip ties. These women give so much to our community with their amazing services. It really is wonderful to watch them work and serve families with such skill, care and professionalism.
I ended my time with this sweet family as they brought their mom a celebratory piece of birthday cake for their baby brother. It is so apparent that this baby is going to be surrounded by so much love.
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