I recently had the honor of documenting another amazing birth story at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. The emotions, the love, the intimacy of birth never cease to amaze me. Every birth is so uniquely beautiful and a true miracle. I am always humbled beyond words to be present as a new little life is welcomed into the world.
I love Wynn’s birth story for so many reasons. His Mama’s strength and patience in the days leading up to his arrival is inspiring. We were on pins and needles with our bags packed for more than a week as she experienced prodromal labor. Once her labor shifted into active labor, I marveled at the ease with which she worked through her contractions.
I should not have been surprised that this Mama first wanted to drop her toddler off at day care before heading to the hospital. She arrived at GW 9cm dilated, so very close to meeting her sweet baby! Encouraged and supported by her midwives and her husband, she breathed through the most intense contractions and pushing phase. Mom and dad had chosen not find out the gender ahead of time, and I love Mama’s excited smile when she learns that her little boy has a baby brother. There’s nothing quite like the look of relief, excitement and love once baby is in Mama’s arms.
I feel like this is an extra special birth story for me. I was 34 weeks pregnant at the time and knew this would be the last birth I’d document before preparing for my own labor and delivery. Having had two unmedicated births myself and being so close to my own due date, it was even more emotional and awe inspiring to be invited to watch another woman give birth. I felt like I was reliving parts of my own babies’ labors with my newest one kicking away inside my belly. After Wynn was snuggled in his Mama’s arms, I was teary eyed (more than usual) and smiling from ear to ear. Thank you so much for your trust in me to capture your family’s story!