One of my 2020 highlights while in the COVID-19 pandemic was documenting this beautiful family’s second birth story.
To say that the restrictions accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic have affected my ability to document life’s most important moment for families is a major understatement.
Having documented this family’s first birth the idea of missing the opportunity with their second was stressful for all of us, and we waited on pins and needles in the weeks and months leading up to their due date completely unsure of how things would look and whether it would even be an option. Luckily, by the time their due date came along our cases and hospital capacity here in Nevada was looking much better and because I was certifying as a doula, I had the privilege of being able to attend while doula privileges were allowed. I will forever be grateful for that opportunity.
Be sure to read to the end to the end to see their beautiful birth story in video!
Hannah and Christian are one of my favorite couples. They have such a unique bond and a relationship that draws you in and makes you want to be in their presence. They love each other so naturally and wear their emotions beautifully on the outside. They are also reserved and very private in many senses, being in their birth space both times felt almost reverent. Hannah was strong enough to set healthy boundaries and expectations around both birth experiences and voice her wishes, in both of their births I worked my hardest to honor that space.
So many elements of Hannah’s labor were so similar to her first from the time of day she labored to the way her labor progressed. She was fortunate enough to have the same room as her first delivery and her dear friend and fellow nurse as her labor nurse.
With both labors they used many of the methods they had learned from the Spinning Babies techniques, and Christian was right in tune with knowing which one to help her with as she labored.
Their sweet girl did not want to rotate and come down, which prolonged her labor, even with all her dedication to position changes. Finally, she came down and it was time!
Just like their previous birth, once she decided to come it unraveled quickly and they weren’t sure her doctor would make it in time, but also just like last time she did! And just like that- their sweet baby girl was here!
After cutting the cord and skin to skin, their sweet baby girl went over to the radiant warmer for assessment and her newborn exam.
Quickly she was right back in her mama’s arms for more skin-to-skin and initial breastfeeding. Because their last delivery was preterm and their son transferred to the NICU, this period was both special and incredibly emotional for them.
And finally their beautiful birth story film!
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