This Mama is one of those people that you meet and instantly feel as if you’ve known forever, a friend for life. I was so SO excited to photograph this Mama’s birth so I was a little anxious knowing that I had an another birth scheduled for the week that I just really felt her baby would be born. I wanted to attend both births – I did not want ANY overlaps! Greedy, I knowI know this Mama was a little worried as well. These things usually work out and this birth was no exception. Just like clockwork, I got a call early Friday morning that labor had started.
I have to say that it is VERY rare to see a first time Mom so completely at ease with being in labor. She trusted her body, she trusted the process and she allowed it to unfold exactly how it was meant to unfold. She had me start heading her way in early afternoon. No hurry, no rush. Just wind my way there, run some errands if I want…oh can pick up some cantaloupe and grapes on the way please!?
When I arrived, Mama was resting and Daddy was getting ready to cook up a delicious dish that filled the house with the most amazing aromas. It was truly just life as usual. No one was panicking, no one was anxious. The energy was calming and peaceful. I wondered if maybe Mom wasn’t in active labor yet after all? But when she came out from resting, it was clear by the frequency of contractions that she was definitely in active labor.
Watching Mom labor was like watching a miracle unfold. It was watching every woman around the world and throughout history who came before her. She was in complete touch with her body and every time her head started to pull her even a little away from that connection to her body, she’d change course and reconnect with her body immediately. I know this because she narrated her birth in the most completely amazing way. She would wonder out loud “how could this really be labor? Are these contractions? Is this normal? It does not matter. It is all normal FOR ME. My body is doing what it is designed to do. I trust my body.” I honestly feel like the most blessed person on Earth for being able to witness and hear this narration of the most amazing miraculous transition that a woman experiences.
Around 6:15 Mom’s body started sending her strong signals during contractions that it was time to start heading into the birth center. In between contractions, she was still in awe and shock and disbelief that she was finally in labor. She wondered if her baby would be born in the early morning or late into the night. She wondered when exactly she should announce that she was in labor to anxiously waiting friends and family. Yet a contraction would come that told her, in no uncertain terms, that the time was growing close.
We started packing up to head on in when the car key went missing! The stuff that sitcoms are made from! They tore apart the car and house while I stood lamely by wishing I could help more but not sure what to look for or where. In between contractions Mom suggested that the key may be under the car and sure enough, it was! And we were off!
We arrived at the birth center around 7:15 and Mom began vocalizing through contractions. Very different from before, I knew things were going to progress fast and furious. She and Dad were a beautiful team. Mom stayed connected to her body during each contraction and, in between, she sang along to beautiful praise and tribal music. It was so incredibly moving that both myself and the birth assistant had to step out at times to wipe our tears.
At 9:11pm baby Sharon was born peacefully and gently into the water and up into his Mama’s arms. He was quiet and soulful and so content to just stare into the eyes of his Mama and Daddy. All was right in the world for this new family of three!
Congratulations to the Sharon family – welcome to the world sweet baby. To Mom: you have a baby!!!!!! I am so proud of you. Your labor and birth could have been one of those amazing childbirth videos that we women watch during pregnancy and are told exist but not to expect for ourselves. And yet you took nothing for granted and you were prepared for anything. You were not anxious, you trusted in your body and the perfect design. You tapped into the women who came before you. And Dad, when Mom needed more than she could find within you were there – her rock – guiding her and loving her and holding her. I am so blessed to have been a witness to such a beautiful day with such a perfect ending (and beginning) – baby Sharon.