When I was given the opportunity to photograph an at home water birth, I jumped at it. I had photographed hospital births before, but never a home delivery! I met Ylsa a few years ago when I did her 1st son’s birthday photos. Our client photographer relationship quickly turned into a friendship. A couple of years later, I was hired to photograph her 2nd son’s maternity/newborn photos and we stayed in touch as friends ever since. Shortly there after, she was pregnant with her 3rd baby and they kept the sex a mystery! I was so excited that we were going to find out when the baby was born at home, in the tub! Each of the following photos tells a story. A story of love, faith, family, & courage. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I did capturing them!
I arrived at dawn to find Mommy in the middle of an intense contraction. Her hubby and baby boy close to her side, soothing and comforting her.
We finally made it, 10 cm!!! Time to get ready for the water!
Slow, deep breaths… You can do this!
With her loving midwife by her side, Mommy gets up and prepares to begin laboring!
Moments before it’s time to push, Mommy takes some time to herself. Here is where she will meet her baby very soon!
Kisses from her very loving boys!
As the baby dropped and contractions got stronger, Mommy found her happiness in her home made “labor-aid” popsicles!
I was sitting in her sink to capture these photos. I didn’t want to miss a moment of the action! Baby is now ready to be pushed out and introduced into the world!
The loving hands of her mid wife & mid wife’s assistant surround her at all times to make sure she is comforted and has everything she needs. Here they are pouring cool water on her and patting her with a cool cloth so that she doesn’t over heat in the hot tub.
As the baby’s head emerges, mom reaches down and pulls out the baby herself!
Welcome to the world baby!!!
After two sons, mommy clenches her heart when she looks down to see that she finally has a baby girl!!!
Everyone is so excited for their new baby girl!!! Watching the whole thing from just a few feet away are daddy and big brothers.
Welcome Earthside baby Romia Luna <3
After spending about 15 minutes together in the tub, it’s time for mommy and baby to get out and get settled in mommy’s bed!
None of this would be possible with out an amazing birth team <3
After all of the cord blood flowed into baby and the cord was left white, daddy makes the cut. Check out that amazing placenta that supported the baby inside of mommy’s womb!
We were all in shock when the scale read a whopping 10 lbs! Wow, what a big girl!
First family photo 🙂
After resting for a bit and getting cozy in bed, Mommy and baby start their beautiful breast feeding journey! It is amazing how a woman’s body knows exactly what to do and when to do it. Women are such a beautiful tree of life <3
Romia Luna – 10 lbs of delicious cuteness <3