A Dream of Home Birth || Moss and Myrrh Photography Anchorage, Alaska
I'm a huge supporter of letting women choose the birth they want. I don't discriminate between home births, birth center births, hospital births, cesarean, unmedicated, medicated, etc. There are MANY ways to birth and many choices to make, which I 100% believe is the woman's choice. Your body. Your choice. Most of my home birth mamas have a similar story. Their first baby was born in a hospital and while that was okay, they wanted to try something different. They didn't enjoy all the wires coming out of their bodies while pushing through surges, they didn't enjoy constantly being woken up to check on themselves + baby, and they sometimes didn't enjoy the medication they were given. Obviously, there are a million other scenarios but the entire point is, they want to see if they can do this. I think most of this was true for this mama. She wanted a hands off approach and she wanted to do this herself. She did and she was amazing!
As I've said time and time again, every birth is different. There is nothing more unpredictable than birth and I get that reminder with each birth. This sweet mama labored for 36 HOURS with her first little. Thirty. Six. Hours. When we met for Morgan's pre consult I thought, this is going to be a LONG home birth. Of course, every baby is different and every baby comes on their own terms. This ended up being my fastest labor yet! I have never come this close to missing a birth, so scary!
At 1:17am Morgan texted me to tell me contractions had started. Usually, once contractions start I have a good bit of time. I don't show up until mom is 5/6 cm dilated because if not, I could be there for days. We decided for me to wait to until the midwives with Heritage Midwifery had arrived and could see just how far along she was. By 1:54am she had texted me telling me contractions were picking up and had a pattern. I knew then I needed to come and it's a good thing I did! I pulled up to their house a little after 3:00 am (I live waaaay out in Wasilla) and was told she was pushing. PUSHING?! WHAT!? I ran in to find Morgan surging back to back and knew this baby would be here soon. Baby Javier showed up at 3:41 am and gave me just enough time to get some laboring shots/video before saying hello to the world. Thanks, dude!
Check out Morgan's birth film below (hit "HD", please) as well as a few beautiful pictures showing just how fierce this mama is.