I got the call around 2:30am that Rachel had gone into labor. I had highly anticipated this birth since it was around Christmas, so when I got the call I was ready to go! This mama was 40 weeks and 1 day with her second and surprise gender baby. When I arrived Rachel's contractions were 5 minutes apart coming strong, then they had started to slowed down. She began walking around her house hoping to intensify her contractions. Her in-laws had come in hours before she went into labor. They were celebrating Christmas as family on the 27th, which just so happened to be the morning Rachel went into labor. The Christmas tree was up, stockings above the fireplace, as Rachel labored throughout her house.
Her contractions continued to come and go, so Rachel and her husband tried** to get a bit of rest. As the sun started to rise and the house started to stir, Rachel's contractions continued to intensify and she transitioned into to active labor around 7:00am. We all were prepared for baby to make his/her arrival. Rachel started to feel the urge to push and babies head started to appear, at that point Rachel's water hadn't broken. So as baby's head appeared he/she was still partially in the water sac. It was one of the most beautiful things to see! As a birth photographer, speaking for myself it was on my bucket list to see an en caul birth. Statistics show that en caul births occur fewer than 1 in every 80,000 births.
It was a boy!!! William was caught by such welcoming & loving hands. Grandma and midwife, the lovely Carmen Lackett CPM of Mother to Mother Midwifery.
Shortly after their first born came into the room to see his little brother for the first time. It was beautiful the see the level of comfort this family felt being in their own home, welcoming their second child with ease. The more home births I have the honor of shooting, the more I fall in love with the process of home birth. The newborn wellness check really sparked passion in me and I had so much fun editing these images. I love that in these images you can really see the family bonding, Todd holding his son to console him and Rachel reaching out to hold his hand.
I guess you could say I love the level of involvement in home births. Carmen was so gracious and really brought such a wonderful feel to the birth setting! Welcome to the world William, and thank you to Rachel & Todd for opening up a very intimate and private time in your lives and letting me witness the beauty of Williams birth!