I met with Kathryn pretty early in her pregnancy. We got together for coffee and chatted up a storm about our similar birth histories and about being NICU mamas. I just love learning more about my clients and what brought them my way. Kathryn felt like she was going out on a limb hiring a birth photographer so we discussed the many benefits to having your birth documented (which lead to THIS touching post on her blog). I was thrilled to hear that we used the same OB and that Kathryn was going for her first natural delivery in the same hospital I had my first ncb.
On the big day Kathryn had reached 42 weeks and was needing a little help getting her body revved up. Since this was a VBAC her OB broke her water in hopes that it would send a message to her body and baby that it was a good time to “do its thing”. And it worked. C-section evaded, thank heavens! I knew how badly Kathryn wanted this beautiful natural birth experience so I was hoping and praying for her all the way!
Kathryn was amazing and a shining example as she prayed for others during each contraction (she kept a prayer list nearby throughout her labor). Scott supported her beautifully and Gianna came effortlessly into this world! Her gender was a surprise, which was so neat. When the children arrived at the hospital they all revealed baby’s gender at the same time (it was written on the back of a set of baby’s footprints; one made for each of them). Their reaction to that news was priceless!
I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this beautiful journey, Kathryn. I’m so happy that we met. Congratulations to you and Scott and your team!