Awesome Video Shows 3rd Stage of Labor and Post Birth at Home

by Mrs. BWF on January 6, 2012

What happens after a baby is born at home?

Betsy sent me her video put together by One Tree Photography to show what it is like after baby is born at home. She says…

“This film is of the birth of my third baby. She was born in June.

My first birth was a hospital birth in which I narrowly avoided a c-section. My baby spent five days in the NICU. We both suffered.

My second birth allowed me to heal.

And my third birth was simply joyful. I’m so grateful to have had the experience.

Our photographer and midwife missed the birth because after two days of latent labor, my body sped right through active labor and pushing very quickly! My husband snapped a few photos of me in transition and then a few right after the baby was born. He guided her out of my body himself! The photographer arrived a bit later.

I’m so proud of this film and would love for you to share it! I think it shows how peaceful and family-oriented birth can be.”

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Angela Ertel January 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Oh my gosh your family is beautiful! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing!

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Lisa January 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Wow. I’ve watched a number of birth videos, but I don’t recall ANY of them making me teary eyed like this one!! I think this is the most beautiful one I’ve seen! Congratulations!!

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Sarah January 6, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Oh wow, that REALLY makes me want to have another baby! Beautiful!

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Tara January 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm

I’m with you Sarah! This beautiful video makes my womb ache for another baby!

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Sarah January 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Wow. This is so beautiful, I felt like I was there, really took my breath away. Thank you so much for sharing x

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Gretchen January 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I get teary watching just about any birth video, but yours was awesome and cemented my need to have my next (?) birth recorded through photos and video! My biggest regrets for my 2 births so far….

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Sarah January 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Wow, that was amazing! I have tears rolling down my face. Thank you for sharing.

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Kyleen Sherwood January 6, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Wow. Simply beautiful. I watch and read any birth story I can, but this was especially powerful. The music was beautiful and the imagery really made me feel like I was there. I hope that my third can be like this… Good job, mama! You make gorgeous children!

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FyshWyfe January 6, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I loved this! It made me wish we’d had a photographer at our HB. When it switched into color at the end my tears just started flowing! Absolutely beautiful.

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Lauren January 6, 2012 at 10:22 pm

It’s amazing how people that I don’t even know can bring tears of joy and happiness to my eyes!!!

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DoulaSophie January 7, 2012 at 2:41 am

Absolutely gorgeous. Love peaceful birth. The husbands “snap shots” are amazing!

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Heather January 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I LOVE THIS!!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us. :)

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Zhandra January 12, 2012 at 12:07 am

Oh this is just incredible! Holy emotional… holy baby fever! Gosh. The clip of her first nursing brought tears… and then her siblings… I’m overwhelmed! I love it! Its beautiful!

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Nancy January 12, 2012 at 3:29 am

Absolutely gorgeous, so emotional. I’m expecting my third in April, it’ll will be my second homebirth and Im also hoping for my two boys to be there and share the experience with us. I’m excited enough as it is….this has just tipped me over the edge! Roll on April!! x

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Natalie January 12, 2012 at 6:56 am

Is this on youtube? I can NOT get this to play for somereason. :( any ideas? Thanks!

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Mrs. BWF January 12, 2012 at 9:45 am

No, it’s on Vimeo. I hope you can get it to play, it’s so great!

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Brenda January 12, 2012 at 10:14 am

This is WICKED!!!!!!!!
Awesome job family.

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Chelsea January 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

BAWLING. Oh how I can’t wait for this moment to come in September. There is nothing more beautiful.

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Brittany January 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I was fine until the end when the pictures were going quickly… then i lost it. congratufreakinglations, you ROCKSTAR! What a GORGEOUS family <3 You are so incredibly blessed. However, I'm sure you already knew that ;)

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Lynnette Gallegos January 19, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful time in your life. There are no words I can think of that would equal the love I felt watching your story. What a lovely family you have. So sweet!

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krystina January 20, 2012 at 2:09 am

that was so beautiful. i cannot wait until it is my time to experience such love and peace. stunning.

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Kellan January 20, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I’m gonna have to share this with a newly preggo friend of mine. She’s not at all sure about what kind of birth she wants to have, and I think this would help her choose a birthing center over a hospital – she’s not at all comfy with the idea of birthing at her apt, which I understand. This is beautiful, thank you so very much for allowing the BWF community to see it! If you do up a written version, I hope you share that with us as well. x

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Anna January 23, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Absolutly stunning. What a beautiful video. Thank you for sharing and you have a gorgeous family

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Andrea February 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Kudos to the person who made this video (dad?) Just awesome.

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Andrea in Alaska February 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I love this! I really enjoyed it to the end, thinking of how people might have seen our surprise UC differently had they realized that it was NOT an emergency and the midwife did come and check us out and everything was fine. I love how peaceful the baby is, not screaming and flailing, but gently welcomed into the world. Then I saw the birthday! June 11, 2011 was when MY baby came before the midwife! Wow! Then, of course, I choked up and cried. :) She is beautiful. I bet she is a pretty cute 7.5 month old too. :)

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Jennifer February 6, 2012 at 7:12 am

What a beautiful keepsake! Lately I have been thinking that there needs to be more focus on the time after birth when there is bonding and suckling and everyone getting to know each other. I love that this video shows all of that. Congratulations on your joyful birth!

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Clarissa February 7, 2012 at 10:31 am

Thank you for sharing! So beautiful! It made me cry!

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Rachael February 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

I LOVE the last minute or two of this video. It’s amazing, and exactly why I want a birth photographer next time.. no matter the cost.

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liz February 7, 2012 at 12:17 pm

WOW. I want one of thoses! (typing through the tears)

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Stacy February 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm

This video is absolutely beautiful. How I wish I could go back in time and do the same.

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Chelsea February 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm

That daddy’s expression at 1:24 is just so so precious!

LOVE this video!

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Maria February 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I love the sounds of your baby nursing! Beautiful!

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Theresa February 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Amazing… my heart and womb skipped a beat. Just breathless. Thanks for sharing such an amazing moment in time.
You are very blessed and you have an amazing family! <3

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Stacy February 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm

This is now one of my favorite birth videos. It makes me so excited for my upcoming VBAC! It’s exactly what I envision whenever I think of that day to come. Thank you so much for sharing!

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Moms Coach for Life February 21, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Such a Beautifully Inspiring Birth! It is the type of birth I wish for ALL women to experience! Brought some serious tears to my eyes… as I envision my own birth in a few weeks. Such a Blessing!!! Thank you! THank you! Thank you for sharing!!!

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Gosia Kapinos February 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm

This made me cry. Simply breathtaking & beautiful. Thank so much so sharing that glimps of love.
~g

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Trina February 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Beautiful! What birth should be like… peaceful and joy-filled :)

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Keah March 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I def teared up this is such a beautiful family! Thank you for sharing:)

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Dina March 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm

JUST GLORIOUS!!!!

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sesch March 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Breathtaking! Really, I am not sure I breathed at all while I watched.

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Carrie May 20, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Amazingly beautiful video. Loved every second of it. Makes me want another soooo bad!!!

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Ann May 21, 2012 at 12:56 am

Beautiful video! Home birth must be so nice and calm….
I loved when the kids meet the baby for the first time…. can’t wait to experience that in a few weeks. Just gorgeous!

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Kieran May 21, 2012 at 9:14 am

Super lovely! I got goosebumps!

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Patricia May 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Sooo beautiful! I almost cried. This is how birth should be all the time. God bless you and your family

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Melissa August 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Wish this was on YouTube. Can’t get it to play on my iPad :(

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Melissa August 14, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Sobbing. Amazing

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Sarah L August 14, 2012 at 10:59 pm

That was ABSOLUTELY THE BEST HOMEBIRTH VIDEO I HAVE EVER SEEN !!!!! Thank you for sharing your very intimate and touching experience with us all !!!! You are the epitomy of what labor and delivery is all about !!!! Xxxxxxx

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Meggan King, DC September 15, 2012 at 1:13 am

WOW! That is the most beautiful video. What a precious birth and family! Congratulations!

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Ashley February 24, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Okay, that was so beautiful it literally drove me to tears. You give me hope for a happier, healthier delivery. Our first child was delivered in a hospital and it was awful. Aside from the peri-urethral tear I had [I suspect from the position they told me I had to be in, on my back], the nurses wouldn’t let me nurse lying down with my daughter and when I told them I wanted to cosleep, they told me that was not allowed and that I would smother my daughter. They woke she and I up constantly to run “tests”, even though we had a completely healthy delivery with no complications other than the tear. I hope and pray we’re able to have a healthier, more positive experience with our next child.

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Debbie Kacic, LMT, CD(DONA) February 28, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your family birthing story. It was simply lovely and I enjoyed every minute of it. Will be recommending this video to many future mommas.

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Maya February 28, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Ahhhh…. so beautiful.

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