My husband and I chose to have our first baby at home with an absolutely empowering midwife. I distinctly remember between my intense contractions hearing my husband Kevin, Leslie our midwife, and her intern Melissa, in our kitchen drinking coffee and softly laughing enjoying good conversation.
I was in the birth tub letting my body bring our little girl into this world and never once did I wish for pain killers or any other assistance. Being alone in the quiet of my room was all I needed and after 18 hours my beautiful daughter, Lilly, was born.
Five short months later we again found out we were expecting! (Crazy close, I know). At 20 weeks we went in for an ultrasound to find out the sex of our baby. Excitedly we planned for a little boy to join our family! As far as we knew baby was head down and ready to go, so when I went into labor this past month neither myself or my midwife expected anything out of the ordinary.
After only three and a half hours I started that much desired point of “pushing” (Ha!). As our baby boy was coming down the birth canal a significant amount of meconium started coming out and I began worrying a little. A friend had recently lost their little boy when he inhaled meconium during his birth. Even with medical help he was unable to fight the infecting and flew up to heaven after only a week.
However, during the last 10 minuets of pushing, Carol (the midwife’s assistant), quietly mentioned… “That’s not a head”. Many looks were exchanged around the room between all of us for a brief moment as we all realized this little guy at some point had turned! Much to all of our surprise!
Leslie looked me straight in the eyes and simply told me, “It’s alright, you can do this”. So, I did! Rowin Jax came out butt first completely folded in half. His little feet were tucked under his chin and he had the thickest umbilical cord any of us had ever seen. Totally healthy, he did need a little oxygen, but after a few good breaths of that he did just fine.
The full photo montage of the birth – some of the mother’s favorite photos are those in which you can see her husband’s feet on her back for counter pressure.
You may have seen Ashley and her family on the BWF Blog before. Her birth story and pictures are amazing! They are a beautiful family. What you may not have known is Ashley’s husband and father of her children is a US Navy SEAL.
I know we have a lot of amazing military families that follow BWF and we love you all. Recently, Micheal came home after not being with his own family for 9 months! Here is a glimpse of military life….Mom and her children getting ready and being united with Dad.
Brittanie writes, “Here is a link to the video we made for our home birth last month. It is a little long, but I wanted to include each picture that our birth photographer, Amanda Brayton, took. They all mean so much to us. Our son Finley weighed 10lbs, 5oz and was 20 inches long. My midwife was just amazing throughout my pregnancy, and during the birth. She also brought her student Midwife, and she was also just amazing. I am so grateful to the both of them…
I love your blog. I read and watched the birth stories you posted even before getting pregnant. We did not have a home birth with our daughter, and I was uneducated in regards to birth. I started researching birth in this country shortly after the birth of my daughter, and your blog was one of the things I found. Keep doing what you are doing!”
I have seen many cesarean birth photos, but never a video like this one. It is from Birth Without Fear mother, Christina. She received and has given much support throughout her pregnancy, labor, birth and post partum. They were able to catch the c-section on video and it’s nothing short of amazing. If blood and surgery make you squeamish, you may want to skip it. However, if you can look past that, it is still a miraculous birth of a baby!!!
Shared with permission.
Here are a few still pictures as well. Unwrapping the cord (3 times)…
Welcome earthside little one…
Christina was 40 weeks 5 days pregnant and her son was born 7lbs 2.5oz and 21 inches.
3 weeks old signing ‘I love you’ to the boob…he looooves him mama milk and as of a few days ago (at 5w6d), he’s up to 11lbs8oz! Grow, baby, grow!
Video: Planned Homebirth Transfer to Gentle Cesarean
This is a birth video of still pictures and video footage. They start labor at home and transfer to the hospital. The cesarean birth pictures are amazing along with the footage of mom and baby having skin to skin time RIGHT after the surgery. I recommend that even if you are planning a home birth, be informed about he possibility of a cesarean birth. If it does happen, you can still have a supportive, empowering experience. Read this for more information.
Sent in by Miranday. Rory’s Birth. Enjoy…
*Birth story to come.
Happy Birthday to a BWF Baby…His Beautiful Birth Video
This is simply gorgeous. I feel absolutely humbled that this mama felt I had any part in supporting her through her pregnancy. Her and her husband are amazing and the support he gave her during this Father’s Day birth is beautiful. Grab your tissue and enjoy. Every woman should have the opportunity to experience birth like this. ~January
“One year ago today I had my second beautiful out-of-hospital birth. Baby arrived exactly one week “late” but the support I received from your site kept me calm and confident that babies come when they are ready! I am so glad I trusted my body because my son waited until Father’s Day to meet us! Thank you for your unwavering support for expecting moms all over the globe!”
Karla sent me her birth video and pictures to share with you. So gorgeous and can be found here.
Also, Alison sent me her last two birth videos, both incredibly inspiring!
Here is her first one. It was her 6th baby. She says, “My labor was 43 hours long and I love that these photos captured how much love and support that I had during his home water birth. I am now 38 weeks with #7 and looking forward to another birth day party very soon!”
Her second video was of her 7th baby’s birth. She says, “7th baby was born in February and Ceci did such a great job capturing his siblings anticipation and love.”
These 2 birth videos show hospital births done right. These women are supported in birthing their babies how they want. If only more hospitals would follow this example. I am so happy for these women! Ladies, if you are planning a hospital birth, YOU have choices. If your provider doesn’t see it this way, hire one who will. Find a CNM or an OB that you can work with TOGETHER to have the birth you desire.
This video is so sweet. Mom births on hands and knees, on the floor, supported by pillows! The Dr. is very quick to get baby to mom. They are not rushed as her and dad bond with their sweet baby.
The 2nd video is of another hospital birth where mom labored freely and also birthed on hands and knees on the bed.
I am so excited to share this. My friend (yes, I know her IRL) was on Labor of Love. There are 2 mamas in the video, my rockin’ friend is Morgan Mayes. I love that home birth was featured on this show (OK, and that Morgan told her midwife to be quiet. Ha!). Please SHARE THIS. I want her views on YouTube to go way up so they will feature more natural childbirth stories on their show!!!!
There are 2 birth stories featured here and they are quite different in how the women birthed. Each family, woman, pregnancy, and birth are different. You can hear Morgan saying that it’s so different than her first, so much more intense. Also in Lizzie’s labor and birth, ( Lizzie is a BWF mama too!) she chose to be out of the water on the bed and her midwives were helping her go slow to reduce the chances of tearing.