I am so excited to finally share this beautiful birth story of John Tito, born at home. I just adore this family. I met them in 2018, when I documented their first delivery at home. I was in awe of the love they had for each other, and the strength of this incredibly powerful mama.
Jennifer delivered her first at home, in the water, and stayed strong through a long labor, delivering their baby girl in to the arms of her husband. It was beautiful to witness. Both mom and dad are first responders in our community, with mom as a paramedic, Greg is a firefighter for the city of Henderson.
I was so excited when Jennifer contacted me to document this birth story! There is nothing better than documenting a family as they grow. I was so excited that big sister would be there, and that she intended on delivering in the water again.
As I do with all of my birth clients, I checked in frequently with Jennifer to see how she was feeling, and how things were going as her due date approached. She had gone a week over with her first, but really felt like she was going to deliver sooner with this one. She is an incredibly busy woman and was in her last semester earning an advanced degree, while working, while taking care of a toddler, so as that due date approached she was so tired and ready to hold her baby in her arms.
I am an early riser, and while on call for births just don’t sleep well. I woke up at 3am one morning and checked my phone as usual to make sure I hadn’t missed anything just as she texted me to let me know she was having pretty strong contractions, but they weren’t staying too regular quite yet, and that she would keep me posted. Although I do have my gear ready at all times while on call, I made sure it was at the door, and I was showered, just in case because they live about 40 minutes from me.
She updated me again midday to let me know she had gone into the midwife to be checked and was dilated, and her contractions were still strong, but not regular yet. So, I continued to wait! Late afternoon I got the call that it was time. Dads often call me by this point when moms are in active labor, and Greg did call me to let me know they had called the midwife to come, and so I headed out there. He felt like she was going fast at this point, and so I didn’t waste any time in heading out there.
Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable when I arrived, and was just ready to move into the tub.
Little Angelina was so cute and well behaved as Jennifer labored in the water surrounded by her midwives and husband, coming over every so often to give her mama a kiss, or drink of water.
Jennifer’s labor was so similar to her last at almost exactly the same time of day right down to the hour. Both times she trusted her body and between gentle touch and reassurances from her midwives and husband, labored with such strength.
Finally, Jennifer felt the urge to push and worked, and once again was able to deliver their baby boy into the arms of her husband. It was just beautiful.
I am continually in awe that I get to witness such strength and beauty in women. I have been a part of the birth industry for almost 20 years now, and the beauty of birth has never faded.
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