When I first met Jess, they had just moved their family back from Guam in order to give birth the way that she and her family wanted. “I’m an LLL Leader and big birth rights advocate, and after having my last baby at home (we had a small homestead about an hour north in Georgia) I couldn’t accept that my only options on Guam for this baby were a very medicalized hospital birth, over managed birth center birth, or unassisted. I love homebirth midwives and want one by my side for this third and last birth” said Jess. She chose the midwives from The Birth Center of Jacksonville to be there with her. I couldn’t wait to document her birth!
Jess and her family moved into their new house, unpacked, and got ready for baby! She sent me a few pics as they prepared – her birth space was GORGEOUS! December 29th, I got a message that contractions were 3 to 4 minutes apart and I headed over around 6 pm.
This Momma was so sweet to think of her birth team and visitors. She had made snacks and drinks for everyone. The family enjoyed dinner, around the table that Dad had built, as mom labored. The kids joking that Dad’s store bought hummus was nowhere near as good as Mom’s homemade.
The kids said goodnight and finally went bed. Who wouldn’t be excited to meet their new baby brother or sister?! Jess was tired. She knew her body needed rest. Her husband and I could hear that she was in a deep sleep, with the surges almost seeming to stop, so we both decided to call it a night. At 7 am the next morning, I got the call and rushed over. I walked in to see Jess laboring around the tub, waiting for the right time to get in.
Her husband floated around the house, tending to the kids and completing little tasks, all while supporting Jess. He knew when his wife needed him and he was right there by her side when she did.
Her surges grew more intense and she soon felt the urge to push!
Their surprise baby girl was born at 10:30 am!
Midwife Hope gently examined Hazel as the family watched on. This girl weighed 9lbs 2oz!
They relaxed in bed together as a family, soaking in every detail of their new baby girl. These boys were in awe of their sister and you could see the excitement in their eyes. I think Jess and her family got the beautiful homebirth that they had worked so hard for – congrats!
If you are interested in having your birth captured, I would love to chat!