Category Archives: VBAC
This was a funny birth story! Mom and dad live in Ft. Worth, but were planning to drive up to Denton to the famous Dr. C for her VBA2C. I received a text during early labor and was told that they weren’t leaving yet, but that I could head on up to the hospital when I heard from them again. Well, the next call I got was from the doula telling me there was a change of plans and that I needed to come quickly to her home instead. I RACED to her house only to find that I missed the birth! :-( Since they weren’t going to be able to make it to the hospital the doula had called a MW to come assist and she missed it as well! Definitely not the kind of VBA2C you hear about very often! :-)
“Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.” Mary Oliver
This was my 1st birth back from my summer break and I am so, so, so glad that this family decided to hire me at the last minute! I LOVED and will cherish this entire experience! There were so many things that touched me during this labor and birth ~ the fact that they were wanting a VBAC; knowing that their 2 year old daughter, Naomi, was playing in other parts of the house while mom labored toward this goal; how dad seemed to want this birth experience just as much as his wife did; watching Naomi stand in the front yard and wave goodbye as we all drove away towards the hospital; the look on dads face when he was holding his wife as she began pushing; the excitement of hearing the OB ask dad if he wanted to help catch his baby; baby being born, dad announcing that their little surprise baby was a boy, being asked if he had a name by the hospital staff and mom exclaiming “His name is David!”…. These moments I will never forget.
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The above picture is seriously one of my all time favorites! I love this baby ~ she reminded me so much of my little Eden when she was born. Super chubby and cheesy, they both had the same shoulder and arm rolls!
But enough about me and my children… This birth was a VERY hoped for and planned for HBAC! This mama had been talking about this moment and these pictures for months before she even got pregnant and I think everything went exactly how she wanted. She had a midwife and doula she loved, a huge birth pool in her kitchen :-), a waterbirth and her little surprise baby turned out to be a GIRL!
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This mom had a VBA*3*C and it was the 1st I’ve ever photographed! I was so impressed with her, her doula and her OB!
Instead of thinking super hard about what I should say right here I think I will just write out a few of the quotes that I remember from this labor. :-) I don’t know that I have ever seen someone who never lost her sense of humor during labor before ~ I guess it helped that she had almost her entire family around to keep her spirits up during the process.
“Do you know what you are doing?” asks doula, Kathy O Brien. “I’m using my muchness to have a VBAC!” mom replies.
“Woohoo, babys coming!”
“This is the best birth you’ve ever been to… Today at least.”
2009 has been such an incredible year for me!
The 1st blessing is that I was even able to continue doing this even though my own little Eden was born in late 2008. We made it through her entire 1st year though and one of the biggest things that I was worried about ~ having enough breastmilk frozen and stored for when I am at births ~ turned out to be a non-issue. I pumped and pumped and pumped and we never ran out. I was even able to donate about 100 ounces of it, which is something I am really proud of.
Aside from that I photographed some *amazing* births during the past 12 months! There was the 1st UC I attended early this year that will forever have me thanking HER for asking me to be there; the very emotional, excited and teary daddy and extended family at a birth in late May; the “extreme waterbirth” in September and the truly ecstatic birth of a baby girl in October. I don’t think I have ever seen every single person at a birth, including the midwives, be so giddy afterward! These are just a few quick highlights of course, every birth is a miracle and I have special memories from each of them.
I also want to quickly mention that I have photographed several VBACs throughout the year and I am always thrilled when I get the opportunity to do so, since I have had 3 myself and also because they aren’t really as “common” as what I normally do. I went into the operating room with a few mommies when their births didn’t go like they had hoped as well. Something else that was different ~ I saw a big, honkin’ 11 lb 8 oz baby named Ruby be born at home, but for some reason her mom told me she didn’t want to win the award for “Biggest Baby Lynsey Has Seen Born.” I can’t for the life of me understand why though???
I have seen some very expressive older siblings with very interesting observations about birth and/or their new baby brothers/sisters. “She looks like a mad little toad!” comes to mind (from a 5 year old after the birth of her baby sister), along with “It’s not that bad, it just looks like a patty!” from an 11 year old about his baby sisters placenta!
The best comments really do come from the parents though… There was “I don’t know. Just do something. Look normal.” from one mommy and “So that’s what they look like!” from another when looking at her first baby boy after two daughters. :-) And from the dads “If you could just let me know when you’re about to take the picture…I’d like to flex” and “Is that an oxygen tank? That’s for the dad, isn’t it?” Incidentally that last comment was made by the father of the “extreme waterbirth” baby mentioned above, if that tells you anything. Ha ha!
I had my first repeat clients this year and am looking forward to many more in 2010.
I met a ton of new families and made some great friends (hello Wednesday playgroup!)
Before I stop going on and on and post the slideshow link I just want to thank all of my clients, my friends and the midwives for their support and referrals even during the summer when I was dealing with a challenge. I appreciate all of you and know that it is because of YOU that I am able to do this! 2009 has been very busy and successful and I am looking forward to an even busier and more successful 2010.
To those of you who invite me in to one of the most important days of your life and those of you who are generous enough to give out my name and website, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Finally, if you would like to view the 2009 “Best Of” Slideshow you can do so by clicking *here*. I hope you enjoy it.
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This is one of my repeat mamas and I have been *greatly* anticipating this birth because it was a planned VBAC after an unexpected cesarean with their 1st little one. Last night she had her VBAC ~ at home in the water!
Esther, I love you and I am so happy for you! You are so precious.
Favorite quote from this birth: “I’m a VBAC mama…and you’re a VBAC daddy!”