All births are special to me. I'm always deeply honored to be invited into another woman's birth space and trusted to capture the story of the day. But this birth was extra special because it was a fellow midwife, birthing her first baby, and she asked me to come and be a part of her journey.
You can attend as many births as you want, but there is nothing that can fully prepare you for your first labor. There are so many unknowns--what will labor contractions feel like? How long will it last? What techniques will help me most? All of these things must be figured out as you journey through the labor and work your way toward delivery--even for a midwife who has attended many, many other births! Jen was phenomenal. Her persistence, courage, sense of humor, and the incredible support system she had around her, carried her through to that joyous--and somewhat shocking!--moment of delivery.
It was a joy to be there with her! Thank you for letting me be a part of such a special day for your family!