I met sweet Laurel through babywearing. She is the owner of Carried, Babywearing Consultations.
Not too long before she contacted me to photograph her birth, she had commented on a photo about possibly hiring me for her next birth. I don’t think more than a couple weeks went by when she messaged me. I was beyond stoked!
Laurel had planned a homebirth and was more than prepared, but when their “team green” baby just didn’t want to come, plans had to change. 42 weeks came and there was still no sign of baby making an appearance, so her and her midwife made the call and scheduled an induction.
Despite the induction, the hospital did the best they could to listen to her wishes, and Laurel was not afraid to voice how she felt. I admire that more than anything. She knew that while the safety of her little one was important, her experience and wishes were important too.
They attempted to start things with a low dose of Pitocin, but after bumping it all the way to 12, things still weren’t going as they had hoped. Finally they decided to break her waters. It wasn’t very long after that, that things really started rolling and she was able to remove the Pitocin and labor on her own.
Even though Laurel didn’t get to birth in the tub, or even labor in the tub, she spent time walking the halls, bouncing on the birth ball, in the warm shower and receiving counter pressure and massages from her doula Karla Costner, from Well Nested and her very patient husband, James.
Laurel laboring like a rockstar, and like most, when she hit transition, she asked for some relief. While waiting for the epidural to arrive…baby decided they did not want to wait. Three pushes later, with Laurel on hands and knees, they met their sweet BABY BOY!
What a wonderful whirlwind birth. So glad I was able to be there to document it!