Tag 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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Thought I would share a couple pictures of my oldest daughter real quick because she turned 9 years old today and it is partly due to her that I am a birth photographer now! I had a cesarean with my oldest child, my son, which I was and am fine with. I decided that I wanted to have a VBAC during my pregnancy with Paityn because I wanted that bonding time immediately after her birth. It was during those 38+ weeks that I developed the obsession with all things birth that led into this whole birth photography gig 5 years later.
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.”
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!”