Another birth story! You guys know how I love birth stories. This process is so amazing to watch and every time I see a birth I get more obsessed with how cool it is. The last time Rebecca was pregnant she was interested in birth story photos, but was living in Texas. We tried, but there didn't seem any way we could make that work. Luckily, this awesome family moved right down the street just a few months ago, and right in time for baby number three!
Last Tuesday I got a text from Rebecca that she thought the baby was coming! I went over to the house around 10:30. The other kids had been cleared out and it was just Richard, Rebecca, and the midwife.
The very first thing I noticed was the calendar. I loved that this day had been marked Baby Maybe!
Just laboring and boiling some water for the birth tub.
I've worked with Sheryl at a couple of other home births that I'd photographed. I really love her midwife style. She stays almost entirely out of the way and just let's the mom do everything herself. She administered antibiotics, checked the fetal heart rate, took Rebecca's blood pressure, but other than that she hung back and let Rebecca do what she wanted.
Around 1:00 am the contractions started getting serious and we knew a baby was coming!
THIS IS WHY I LOVE BIRTH STORIES! I love this moment when a mom gets to hold her baby, after all of the pain. The relief and the joy on her face make me so happy. Around 1:30 baby Simpson was born, and she was tiny and precious.
So happy to be holding her baby girl!
Dad holding his daughter for the first time.
I left the house around 2:30 and came back in the morning to be there for the big kids to meet brand new baby Marigold. She was very interested in the clicking sound my camera makes.
And here come the excited siblings!
The new Simpson Family!