I don’t think I have ever gotten emotional at a birth before but on this day, at this birth, I was really trying to hold back the tears behind my camera!
After being told her body would never go into labor on its own - it did. After being told most, young, first time moms don’t make it without pain meds - she did. After being told baby may be too big to birth vaginally - she did. Her body is not broken and she is strong.
“I love you so much.” She told him over and over again once he was finally in her arms.
I remember the days leading up to Rhythms birth and texting back and forth with his mama. She was so worried because everyone kept telling her that her body would not go into labor on it’s own or that he was probably too big and would need to be a c-section delivery. But the call came, late at night, she was just a few days past her due date and she was in labor, all on her own! She was still in early labor but I knew I was going to go up there early and hang out with her, I just felt this need to be there for her as more then just her photographer that night.
When I got there she was hanging out in bed and laboring great. Her husband slept in the chair next to her and every now and then she’d call her own mama to see how close she was to be there. As she talked to her mom on the phone the waves became a bit more intense. She wanted to get up and walk around but didn’t want things to progress to quickly before her mom could get there.
Once her mama finally got to the hospital she got up and started laboring beautifully around the entire room. Again though, she was met with how she “couldn’t”. How she was such a young mom and “most young moms do not get through it all without an epi.” She did though, she labored beautifully and even quietly! Bathing through the waves as they came, changing positions with each one to where it was more comfortable for her.
She powered through her labor and soon it was time to push. We knew baby was going to be a chunky guy but she knew she could do this. She knew that her body was capable even though she had so many people in her ear telling her that it couldn’t.
Just a few minutes of pushing, a little bit of maneuvering for slight shoulder dystocia and she did it. She proved them all wrong and she did it!
This is why I got all choked up for the first time at a birth. I watched this mama be told everything that her and her body couldn’t do and watched as she turned it all into what she COULD do. She may be young, she may be a first time mom but she is capable and I am so proud of her!
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