Labor Pictures of a Beautiful Mom with Body Art

by Mrs. BWF on January 25, 2012

“These are from the time I spent laboring at home before transferring to hospital. My son was born via C section at 5:25pm dwc 4th, 9lbs 15oz. The women with me are my best friend and Massage Therapist Tara and my Midwife Buffy. My hubby and daughter were both great as well it was amazing to go into labor on my own and feel my body working so hard. My VBAC was so close I could taste it. I’ll be planning a VBA2C for our next!” ~Gail

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Kelly January 25, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Amazing pictures!

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Lisa Black January 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Simply Beautiful! Congratulations!

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Svea Boyda-Vikander January 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm

What a big beautiful baby! Thanks for sharing.

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Sheri January 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I love your breastfeeding tattoo!!!

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Gail January 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Thank you very much

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Imke January 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I really love that too! wonderful!

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Dani January 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm

That baby is b.e.a.u.tiful!!!!

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Heather January 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Beautiful photos! Just curious, what happened to make you transfer?

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Molly January 25, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Stunning!! Thanks for sharing!

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christina January 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm

So beautiful! Love it!

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mik January 25, 2012 at 6:56 pm

OH MY! these are beautiful! that very last picture, made me laugh out loud, literally. :o)

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Rachelle January 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm

me too! so cute!

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FyshWyfe January 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Beautiful!!

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Candice January 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm

What a beautiful baby!! Congratulations to you and your family <3

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Gail January 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm

I labored at home for 13ish hours. We were doing really well, I was in and out of the tub and my water broke around 10 hours in, he was presenting asynclitic (head tilted to one side) and posterior. In his mother’s fashion he was being stubborn and just would not rotate and descend, even with my cervix “hanging loose like sock of wizard” as my Midwife put it. She finally said she be more comfortable with a change of location. So with contractions one on top of the other and fighting the early urged to push, off we went to the hospital. We arrived while I was definitely in transition and couldn’t fight the pushing my body was starting to do on it’s own (the same thing happened when I had his big sister) My cervix was starting to swell and his heart starting decelerations (this was quickly turning into my first birth all over again) I opted to go ahead with a surgical birth with a spinal rather than continue to labor with an epidural for hours and still be sectioned in the end. I kinda wish I’d stuck it out but I’ve been told it just wasn’t going to happen for me no matter how bad I wanted it :( We’ll see about that next time!!! I WILL VBAC!!!!

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iona (gails sister) January 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Doesn’t matter how he came out he came out big n happy n healthy, my nephew is a stubborn boy but I love him anyways :D you did good sister mine, xoxo ps no telling brotha bob!!

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Angela K October 2, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Good for you! You did great! What a beautiful, wide awake boy!! congratulations!!!

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Kathryn January 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Stunning pictures! I love the second to last one, he’s so alert and looking at you, so beautiful…….

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Leanna January 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Beautiful, Gail! Makes me feel honored to know such a gorgeous Momma! <3 <3 <3

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Gail January 26, 2012 at 9:02 am

Love you too Babe!

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Sarah (Well Rounded Birth Prep) January 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Beautiful labor pics. Beautiful mom & baby. Thanks for sharing.

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Jessica Austin, Birth Doula January 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm

These photos are so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing them with us :)

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Michelle January 25, 2012 at 10:32 pm

The.second from last picture is adorable. Those bigs eyes as if saying, “Woah! Thats where the milk is, right!? I have been waiting nine months for that!”

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BEDBUG & MOUSE January 25, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Wow! What wonderful pictures and those tats!! I’ve never really cared for them but after seeing how beautiful they looked on you, I’ve changed my mind. Happy all turned out well for you.

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Abbey January 25, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Beautiful photos!!! Beautiful birth!! I had a VBA3C and I had to fight like no body’s business for it! My story was shared here a few weeks ago…sounds much like my 2nd birth…malpositioned baby, 9 cm, cervical swelling and me at the end of my rope. Congratulations on your precious baby!

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megan January 26, 2012 at 7:02 am

Beautiful pictures <3

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sesch January 26, 2012 at 9:54 am

That. Is a most seriously. cute. baby. Thank you for sharing these pictures.

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Cindy B January 26, 2012 at 10:59 am

Absolutely gorgeous pictures. I especially love the one showing the top of her head and her back.

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Crystal January 26, 2012 at 11:25 am

Absoultely beautiful pictures and what a beautiful blessing! Congratulations!

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Jess wheatley January 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm

very stunning photos hun, im due in 6wks and makes me feel alot more comfortable seeing these it sure does help alot, photos can say a thousand words to me and yours have said more than that, i can feel like i can have a birth without fear with my 3rd im just nervous, im also thankful to u for sharing these knowing you were comfortable in doing so :) wow is what im goin to say im speechless

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char January 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Awesome

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Cowgirl January 27, 2012 at 2:16 am

Stunning photos, they illustrate perfectly the power of a woman in labour!
Massive congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby!
Much love
x

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jennifer leaves February 13, 2012 at 1:38 am

thank you so much for sharing your story. it is rare to hear of a vbac attempt with a csection birth. I truly honor your journey with this birth, I too went for a vbac, actually 2 times and ended with csections. It is amazing to go into the birth with holding the vision and laboring naturally, yet difficult to accept the birth not going naturally. for me the midwives and, I call her the nearly natural, OB, say it was true mismatch of babies head to my pelvic size. each vbac I pushed for 6 then 4 hrs… Either way when I made the choice to transfer I was sure it would be the only way. Looking back is when it feels so isolating and hard to accept. Anyway it is really good to hear a story where the vbac efforts transfer.

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Gail August 29, 2012 at 12:24 am

It was still a healing birth in some ways. I’ll still try to VBAC again should we be blessed a third time. :-)

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Cathryn March 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm

that baby is so adorable!!

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c0wbunny March 17, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Absolutely Beautiful pictures :)

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Mae Redmond August 10, 2012 at 10:27 pm

I love that first picture of baby with eyes wide open. So cute!

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Linda August 10, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Ahhhhhh sooo ADORABLE!!!
Made my day :)

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Alyssa August 11, 2012 at 8:45 am

While I’m not bothered by tattoos, I’m also not especially interested in them but the tattoo on this mama’s right shoulder is BEAUTIFUL!

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Gail August 29, 2012 at 12:21 am

Thank you. It’s actually a work in progress I just need to be not pregnant or nursing long enough to finish the full piece.

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Kimberly Lopez October 2, 2012 at 7:29 pm

So beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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Marcia October 2, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Yeah, I think it is harder when they’re in a weird position and the water breaks–I think usually they won’t move to a much better position once the water is broken. The pics are beautiful! So proud of you. God bless.

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