I want to take the time to write down my thoughts on this last birth I attended. It was a peaceful, FAST, and empowered birth. The kind you hope for when you're pregnant, you know? Mallory hardly made a noise, breathing her baby out and whispering positive affirmations to herself. (Not that making noise suggests anything, it was just different from what I normally see) Her husband, Ian, was at her side adding nothing but encouraging and uplifting words. This couple was prepared and had a plan, but surrendered to the chaos that is birth. They let go of everything they EXPECTED and flowed, creating their perfect birth. This is their story through my eyes as their photographer.
I woke up to find a few text messages waiting for me. Not wanting to disturb Mallory, I waited for an update and asked what her midwife said (this was at 10:30). Ian, Mallory's husband called me at 10:34 AM to tell me that things were moving right along. Mallory was coping with contractions well and they were staying home until she progressed more. I asked Ian to call me when they were ready for me to head to their home or the birth center. My husband and I knew that this was going to be a fast birth so he encouraged me to load up and head that way just in case she called soon. I loaded up but stayed to eat a few bites of breakfast before leaving. Andrew kept saying "You better go! This is going to be a quick one!" but I stayed, not wanting to invite myself into their home until they were ready for me.
At 11:10 I get the following text..
I jump in my car, ready to go. Driving toward their home I get a call from Ian (11:16) telling me to meet them, they are trucking it to the birth center. We all arrived at 11:45 AM, Ian telling us he can see the head.
I remember thinking to myself that Mallory was so calm for someone who could have easily given birth in the car. Kim, the midwife, had the tub ready so Mallory was relieved when she could finally push. A cute moment to notice in the video is when Kim says "You can push now!" and Mallory says "I can?!"
It didn't take much. 16 minutes after we arrived at the birth center, baby Henley was born at 12:01.
I'll let the images tell the rest of the story <3