Mom Helps ‘Catch’ Her Own Baby in a Hospital Birth

by January Harshe on May 5, 2012

“My first two children were born at 36 weeks and went straight to the NICU. My firstborn was a c-section and my second was a VBAC with an epidural.  I blame his NICU stay on complications from the late epidural.  My third son was born this past September and I desperately wanted nothing more than a wet baby on my chest.  I just wanted to be the first person to hold him.

So I hired a doula (she was also my photographer) and had an amazing drug and intervention free birth.  This picture is me finally getting to hold my baby before anyone else.  (Bonus points because I have a Perinatologist instead of an OB along with a GD diagnosis).

I stood up for myself, leaned on my support team, and I did it.” ~Krista

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Martha May 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

That is amazing!!


Tiffany May 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm

My husband got to catch my son as i told the midwife he was coming and she didnt believe me and wouldnt check me. Well he flew out in one push and my husband luckily caught him. 🙂 (labor from start to finish was 56 minutes)


Tiffany May 5, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Im so glad you got what you wanted! Congratulations! 🙂


Marisol Godinez-Brainin May 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Congratulations! Your success story is living proof that it can be done! Drug Free and Vaginal after C-section! We celebrate you!


Dominique Scott May 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Congratulations hun so pleased you finally got the birth you so wanted, its the best feeling holding your baby x so happy for you x


kindra May 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm



MamaK May 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Awesome! This was the best part of our first birth…I gotta pull her out…and it was in a hospital with a CNM who ran the birth center I was supposed to birth in.


Lisa Ting September 21, 2012 at 1:16 am

Beautiful photo. I just became a mother six weeks ago, and at the midwife’s instruction, after nine and a half hours of drug-free labor, I pulled my daughter out! What an amazing feeling.

Best to you, momma.


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