It is so empowering to get to watch a woman reach down, let her baby's head fill her hands, and then pull her baby out of her body and up to her chest. It is one of the most amazing moments in life!
This mama worked for it. Labor was longer than she'd thought it would be. She kept having these long breaks at the end, too. At one point she said, "I feel like this is taking forever." But she had the most amazing support system. She had her husband by her side giving both physical and emotional support. The way he would look at his wife while she was working to bring their baby earthside almost brought me to tears a couple of times. She had several of her friends at her house. They were making food, running errands, and helping with the older siblings. She also had her online supporters who were watching the live stream and cheering her on along the way. She had her midwife and birth team making sure she and baby were doing fine. She was held up on all sides and so was able to focus on doing the work of labor.
She looked gorgeous while doing it and now has a gorgeous little girl to share this life with. Congratulations, Teller family!! What a beautiful day this was. I'm so thankful that I got to be a part of it. <3
If there is anything predictable about birth, its that it is unpredictable.
Bethany had been having some contractions for awhile, but they weren't seeming to progress to the real deal. And then they stopped all together. And then they started...and stopped. So when they started again, Bethany called and said they were going to head into the birth center, but she wasn't sure where she was or if she was ready for me to come. It might still be awhile. I volunteered to meet her there and leave again if she wanted me to because it sure sounded to me like she was going to have a baby.
Sure enough, just a couple hours after arriving at the birth center, her baby girl was born--it was such a beautiful delivery! Laboring women are simply stunning, and Bethany was every bit of gorgeous as she brought her little girl out of the water and to her chest. Congratulations, Sams family!! Thank you for letting me be a part of your little girl's birth day.
Make sure you watch the slideshow at the end to see more from this beautiful girl's big debut!