I am so in love with this home birth story, I have no idea how I missed sharing it with you until now! I met with mom and dad a few weeks before their family maternity session (yep, still need to blog this one, too, because it is simply perfection!!) and immediately felt like we were friends. They are both so genuine and caring and open about life and their family, that it would be impossible not to feel this way.
I knew from our first meeting that their older daughter’s birth was a very fast labor and delivery, so everyone expected little Eve to make an equally fast appearance. When I got the call that mom was likely in labor at 42+2 weeks, a day before the new year, I cleared my schedule and got ready to leave the house. Not even an hour later, dad called again to say that contractions were getting more intense and that I should make my way to their home.
Mom and her birth team were absolutely amazing! When I arrived, Mom greeted me with smiles and jokes after breathing through a strong contraction and knew exactly what felt right for her body during her contractions. She was happy and chatty with the midwives in between contractions, and their 5-year-old daughter could not have been more excited for little sister’s arrival. She came in and out to see how mom was doing and went downstairs to draw more welcome pictures when labor got very intense.
I have so many favorite moments from this beautiful home birth, but my very favorite is probably big sister’s reaction to her baby sister. I laughed and teared up as the joy and excitement was completely contagious. I could not have felt more honored to tell this family’s story!
PS: And in case you were wondering, mom has an incredible workout routine. I don’t think I could complete a single workout that she does daily even when not 42 weeks pregnant!