July summers in Florida can be treacherous. This years is no different. The sticky humidity has a way of making you feel wet and slimy as soon as you walk out the front door. You make sure your spare umbrella is in the car because it will rain around lunchtime and then again around 3:00 when your eyes are getting heavy from sitting at your desk too long after lunch. I have all these feelings and I’m not even pregnant. All you ladies with July/Aug due dates deserve awards for making it through.
A recent Tuesday was no different than most. I dropped my kids off at a Tuesday church camp and was stocking up on art supplies and groceries when I got the text that it was time to head up to the hospital. Being on-call is funny like that. I’m always traveling with my camera equipment and a sweater (hospitals are always cold).
After getting my notice I checked out with my partially acquired grocery list, went home to drop them off and left straight for the hospital. Mom was checked in around noon, her doula and I got there soon after.
Ready for the crazy part? We arrived around 12:15 and baby arrived less than 3 hours later! It was the quickest birth I’ve ever attended. It’s also a great example why immediate notice is always needed for your attending birth professionals.
Melissa and her husband Chris did an amazing job bringing their second son into the world. She labored naturally and was able to have the birth that she desired. Probably even quicker than she ever thought could happen.
Melissa’s husband, mom and doula were there and I loved getting to capture the small details of the day. Her doula helping with tons of tips on how everyone in the room could help in their own unique way was a calming method to admire. Her husband lightly playing with her hair. Her mom rubbing her feet during and between contractions. The way her husband admired her throughout the process, keeping his hand on her knee before, during and after push time. Not taking his eyes off her.
Birth is beautiful, and the relationships I get to observe during it’s process is inspiring.
This is one example of that.
Congratulations Melissa and Chris. You have two beautiful sons and I couldn’t be more thrilled for you.
It was a beautiful, emotional and joyous day. I can’t wait to see this sweet little boy grow, he has some wonderful parents that love him to the moon and back.