What Does Birth Without Fear Look Like?

I have to say right up front, these pictures are of my oldest daughter’s third birth. Both of my daughters have birthed naturally. My youngest, Jami, birthed first and gave birth at home. When she was first pregnant I asked her if she wanted my input as to who to use for her care. She looked at me and smiled and told me she had decided that when she was nine years old. She of course was using Debbie Pulley who she had known since she was even younger than nine. Indeed she had told Debbie that very thing decades earlier! And she had a long but powerful natural birth of her son. Julie decided home birth was not something that felt right for her and her husband. But she had three wonderful hospital births.

It helped them both that they grew up in a household where birth was talked about as a normal and natural process. I had given birth to them normally and naturally. Julie was my first born and was 8 pounds 11 ounces. She had turned complete transverse at 40 weeks and then did a flip around before heading down. She was my fastest and probably easiest birth. Each of my babies got smaller- 8″11oz, 8#3oz and 7#12oz. There were no television shows showing horrible birth stories. I was the first in my group, only 19 when I was pregnant with my first child- 20 when I gave birth. So, I did not have to try to erase horrible birth stories that were shared. I was a dancer for 12 years and in great physical shape, so being fit helped me in my journey.

This last birth of Julie’s we enlisted a friend who is an amazing photographer to capture the moment, Tracey Baggett.  Her daughter had said since she found out her mom was pregnant, had planned to be with her in labor. Savannah is six years old at this birth and had been really prepared for what to expect.I went not as her doula, but as her mom. It was also in the plan for me to be able to catch this baby. Here is her story- a birth without fear!

Feb 28, 2009 at 11:11 we welcomed Scarlett Elizabeth into our family. She was 8lb 13oz and 21 3/4 inches long. Our third child and we are so happy with our family.  Here is a video of the birth pictures if you desire to watch it.

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