Wondering what it looks like when a professional photographer spends 13 hours at a Scottsdale home birth? Yes, that’s a long labor, and it’s a labor of love when we are there to document every breath, every contraction.
After a 3:45 am phone call I arrive at Madison’s home around 4:40. The midwives from The Birth Haven park at the same time and I follow them in. Right away they start monitoring baby’s heartbeat.
Steven rarely leaves Madison’s side and is her ultimate support. He instinctively knows what comfort her body is seeking during contractions.
So much time of these first couple hours was spent rocking back and forth on the labor ball.
“You’re my place of quiet retreat. I wait for your word to renew me.” – Psalm 119:114
Faith + belief was so very important to this mom during her labor; worship music played the entire 13 hours that I was there.
The atmosphere is a complete 180 from a hospital birth when you labor at home. In-between contractions the midwives and I energetically chat birth stories, drink coffee, and love life. These are so my people.
With posterior babies, back labor (or feeling the contractions in your back instead of the front where you’d feel period cramping) is really common. One of the best remedies? Counter pressure! (This was the best thing ever during my own birth)
Mom moves to the pool in hopes that the warm water will relax her body but still help bring baby down. (Just hilariously watched 3 birth workers dump into the tub via small pots in what I can only describe as looking like a relay race around the kitchen island).
I am quietly marveling at this thought, “While she’s cradling her bump, does she realize this will one of the last times she touches it?” Soon a baby will be in its place.
Labor not quite progressing quickly? Change positions! Almost like birth “musical chairs”. Which one will help baby move down the most? Shower? Bed? Toilet? Pool? Rebozo techinique?
Posterior baby is crowning and mom describes it as “trying to hold a grapefruit between my legs.” Right after this photo we all move back to the bedroom and hope it’s the last position change. Ready to meet this little boy!
3:01pm, oh hello Camden ♥
“It makes sense that the placenta almost looks like a tree with many branches – a tree of life.” Mom is clutching baby, midwife gently holding the placenta so she can see, while she is also holding dad’s hand. Oh, all the connections in this shot have me just 😍
Completely exhaustion intertwines with unconditional love. Welcome to the world baby Camden.
Read Camden’s Scottsdale home birth story from Madison’s perspective. She’s a blogger!
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