Rachel and I met for the first time less then two weeks before her birth. When she initially contacted me and told me that her due date was December 28th, we decided to book the birth and cross both fingers that she didn’t have a Christmas baby! At a routine appointment a couple of days before Christmas, her doctors thought she might need to be induced or have a repeat c-section due to low fluid, but they decided that baby was doing okay and she could stay pregnant until she went into labor on her own. Great news, as we all wanted to see her get the VBAC she was hoping for.
Christmas came and went with no appearance from the little guy. Then Friday evening at about 7:30 I got a text that said that Rachel had been having regular contractions for several hours and her water had broken. They would be heading to the hospital soon! I had a cup of coffee and headed up to the hospital as well. When I arrived Rachel was at about 5 cm and laboring really well on her own. She was going to try and go without the epidural if she could. Since I had asked her ahead of time if extra labor support from me would be something she thought she could benefit from, I offered a little extra help with encouragement and massage while Daddy was out getting something to eat. Since I have a lot of birth and doula experience, I love it when I get the opportunity to support moms in labor AND document the process. Sometimes I think I’m actually a doula disguised as a photographer. 🙂 When Daddy got back from getting something to eat, he jumped right in and did an awesome job at being a great support to Rachel.
A couple of hours later Rachel had only dilated one more centimeter and she was getting very tired and discouraged. Her doctor suspected that baby could be facing the wrong way. She was a rock star in labor, but didn’t know how much longer she wanted to go without some relief and rest. She decided to try changing positions to try and get the baby to turn and take it from there. A little while later, she decided she would go ahead and get an epidural and rest. Once the epidural was in place and she started to get relief, she was 10 cm in no time at all and it was time to push!
Soon her doctor arrived and after about 30 minutes of pushing, little Grey was born healthy and beautiful at 8 pounds, 11.2 ounces, exactly on his due date! I was so happy that Rachel achieved her VBAC! As you can see, Grey is quite the little cutie. Congratulations you guys!
**Be sure to click the little “HD” in the upper right-hand corner of the slideshow to watch in HD! Enjoy!
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