Unassisted Birth of a Rainbow Baby

“These pictures were taken by my hubby literally about 2 or 3 minutes after birth. This is our 5th baby (all girls) and she’s a rainbow baby. We’ve experienced 4 losses over the years, with the last one being just 4 months before we got pregnant with Baby J.

My last birth with baby #4 was a traumatic one that left me with PTSD for about a year. After lots of prayer, research, and soul searching I knew the best decision was for us to birth at home, unassisted. This was our first home birth, first unassisted birth, and first water birth.

Depending on which dates you use (my conception date or the first ultrasound date), I was between 41wks 5d and 42wks when Baby J decided she was ready to come earthside. Labor was about 78 1/2 hours total with the last 29 1/2hrs of that with waters leaking/broken. While labor itself was long, pushing was quick and she was out within a minute.

I had hoped to go “overdue“- call me nuts lol, and was so grateful to have gotten my wish. The birth itself was amazing and everything was so healing for me.

As BWF says– unassisted birth isn’t for everyone and I can’t endorse it, but for us it was the best decision we could have made for our daughter’s birth and I will cherish the memories forever!”

I can not get over their little girl’s eyes right after birth. She is so aware and looks to be incredibly wise.

Her ‘all knowing’ look on her face and the cord still attached. Amazing.


  • Johanna

    Wow, what a gorgeous little girl and lovely birth story! I don’t know if I have ever seen a brand-new baby with an expression quite like that.

    • Becca

      Katana, I’m fairly new too & had to google it, I believe it means a baby born after a loss/losses, being by miscarriage or stillborn. One lady referred to her rainbow baby as a rainbow after the storm 🙂

      And goodness gracious that is one beautiful & wise little soul! Congratulations! x

    • Sam

      Rainbow baby means that they didn’t know the gender before birth. People often describe boys as blue babies, or girls as pink babies. I have also heard yellow and green used to describe a surprise gender baby.

  • Sarah L

    Absolutely incredible !!!! She cooked in there for a long time which is all the better !! High IQ , bright opened eyes, neck strong and ready for life !! Excellent job !! And thank u for sharing !! Xxxxx

  • Jen

    My son had the same look. Wide eyed with that peaceful awareness and calm. Brings tears to my eyes looking at this sweet newborn girl and nursing my now 7 month old boy. He’s my first, and only his father and I were there for his birth, very intentionally so. 🙂 When I was researching and learning about birth my favorite resources were Laura Shanley’s site unassistedbirth.com and Sarah J Buckley’s ebook “ecstatic birth.”

  • Andrea

    WOW what a great story I can only imagine the feelings you and your family have what a beautiful daughter you have and so alert. Congarts and I wish you all the luck in the world. What a strong mama you are and I love that you got to experience a home unassisted water birth not many get to do that and exsp being your last its def one you will never forget.

  • Kellan

    She is beautiful! I plan on having my last child home & unassisted, as well, assuming all is well with my pregnancy when I get to that point. 🙂

    For now, I just keep reading the stories on BWF – they’re all different kinds, and each one is inspiring!

  • Kerri

    Beautiful baby girl! My husband looked at that picture and just said “Wow.” There’s another point on the “Don’t medicate” side of my inner birthing debate!

  • Sylvia

    Wow! That is the most beautiful baby! She’s perfect! Congratulations! You’re one strong mama to labor so long for your baby!

  • Alena Belleque

    She is so gorgeous *hearts* My Serenity was born with red hair, too, and she looked at me like that! Four months old now, and still incredibly aware and so so precious.

    I don’t know if you’ll see this, or if you do if you will be comfortable with it, but I was wondering if you might be willing to email with me about the PTSD issue. I have it, from an abusive childhood, and I think Serenity’s birth either made it worse or that I may have a whole new set of issues with it as a result of a very very scary birth experience. I feel traumatized, and I have no support, and I could really use some advice. If you don’t want to do that, I completely understand, and won’t hold it against you. Just thought I’d ask 🙂

    Blessings on your beautiful family *smiles & luv*

  • Krystal C., Doula

    January, do you have or know where I can find this birth video? I remember she posted it in BWF and it was amazing. It had an underwater camera and her husband was so calm.

  • Jade

    A lot of people don’t know who alert unmediated baby’s are!! I LOVE it. Seconds after t daughter was born she went straight to the breast with a strong latch. Even weeks after a baby being Born with an epidural they still appear un alert and drugged. Sad:(

  • Linda L. Martin

    Wow, those pictures are amazing. She is so beautiful, and her alertness and knowing look are just breathtaking.

    Our daughter is a rainbow baby too. She’s our only living child after 3 losses, (2 of those being a set of twins lost at 20 weeks.) I only wish that her birth had been that beautiful. It was more along the lines of your 3rd birth that you mentioned.

    She is 3 now, and I hope that some day, I will have a better birth with another baby…

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