Cesarean Without Fear {Beard Baby}

january harshe beard baby

Many of you know our sweet #beardbaby was born Sunday. This is our sixth baby. Our first two births were cesareans and our following three were VBA2Cs (hospital and home). Most our babies were born between 42 1/2-43 1/2 weeks.

I preach constantly to follow our intuition. I did this whole pregnancy, just like I did with my others. I was under the care of amazing midwives as well as a wonderful OB. I had options and support. I also tell mamas that each pregnancy, birth, and baby are different. Following our instincts for one will be a different journey than for another. Birth is unpredictable, amazing, and pushes us to limits we never thought possible.

This little miss is like her siblings and thinks I have the best womb in the universe, so she stayed in until about 43 weeks! I woke up Sunday and there was no denying my instincts were telling me that it was the day she needed to be earthside to be safe and healthy. For a few reasons, we chose a cesarean (I’ll share more on that later). I am 1000% OK with this decision because it was MY choice. I did what was right for this baby. It is NOT a disappointment! It is HER birth story. I’m so happy she is here.

Now, recovering from a cesarean is a bitch, so send me healing vibes for that. I’ll share more pics and tidbits in the following week. Isn’t she amazing? #birthwithoutfear #cesareanwithoutfear


Photos by {Leilani Rogers, Photographer}.


  • San Antonio Doula

    Congratulations!! I’m looking forward to reading more of your story, thank you for sharing. I so enjoy your blog and all the stories your audience shares. I forward your site to my clients as well. I’m sending healing thoughts your way!

  • susan

    Congratulations!! I’ve been haunting the blog lately waiting for the big news. So glad everyone is doing well. Healing prayers coming your way. C-section recovery can be icky, I remember mine from the twins all too well. 🙂

  • Svea LaSvea

    Congratulations!! Those photos are so beautiful. What a little angel.

    A c-section with choice, love and support? Sign me up. <3 <3 <3

  • Loural

    She is absolutely beautiful! I am so glad that not only are you and she ok but that you made the right decision for you. Congratulations and I wish you all the best! Good luck on your recovery, lots of healing vibes to you 😀

  • Kelli

    I have been following your social media outlets for a few weeks & they’ve encouraged me so much. I’m expecting our 3rd and I’ve been on bedrest most of this pregnancy. I’m hoping to attend the meet up in Columbus which is just a few hours from me. Best wishes as you recover!

  • Jen@PlusSizeBirth

    Thank you for sharing your story and these amazing photos! What you shared, about the fact that you had a CHOICE is what makes the biggest difference between someone hating or loving their birth experience (regardless of the outcome). You’re amazing mama. Enjoy your babymoon <3

  • Angelina Johnson

    Hi! I have been following BWF for quite a while now. I LOVE what you’re doing and it has made me feel better about my son’s upcoming birth. Recently, I’ve hit a rough patch and I’m in the hospital. I came in because I had a seizure (last one was May 2014) and then started having heart palpitations and flushing. I got worried for my little bean and decided to head in. I am not in labor but I’m only 33+4 weeks and he’s not ready to make his way earthside. It’s too soon. I am asking for encouragement and uplifting words. They have talked about taking him early and I am so scared for my baby bean. Anything you have to say would be so helpful. I have one beautiful boy already. He’s two years old and full of energy. Being here away from him is making this whole thing worse.

  • K

    Such a sweet little person. Congrats to you. And thank you for speaking so frankly, so honestly and without judgement about birth. As women (and as humans) we need to support and empathize with each other.

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