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. .:: You're about to view a birth very dear to my heart... the birth of my nephew. I've never been more grateful to be a Colorado birth photographer. We're blessed by more and more baby-friendly hospitals who respect and support the mother's wishes, who advocate for crucial skin-to-skin immediately following a healthy birth, who understand the importance of a beautiful birth story images, and who sometimes embark on Starbucks runs for mom following delivery. I hope you enjoy this story. If you'd like to follow baby Micah's story in proper order, however, take a little detour to his maternity session. ::. .

Auntie / birth photographer's turn!

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More often than not, a simple image holds a complex story. It makes me so happy anytime one of my images can spark a memory that had been lost in all the excitement, and aid in the writing of the birth story. Kailin has so graciously shared with me her birth story. Read on for a beautiful account.

"The evening of March 9th, three days before my “due date”, I started having contractions averaging about 5 minutes apart. I didn’t believe that it was true labor though, considering that I had been having consistent and strong “Braxton Hicks” since about week 30 in pregnancy. In addition, I had the exact same experience with contractions 5 minutes apart for several hours the previous weekend that turned out to be nothing. Because my body seemed to cry wolf for several weeks, I didn’t believe this time to be the real deal. However, after a few hours we called into triage (at this point it was about 1am) to see what they thought. They encouraged us to come on into the hospital. I remember David talking to the nurse and saying, “Thanks a lot, we will be there soon”. Upon hearing this, my heart started racing and my mind started rolling. I wasn’t nervous about labor at this point, but I was terrified that I would get to the hospital and they would tell me that these weren’t “real” contractions and send me home.

David started getting our stuff together and I continued to become more and more anxious. And as my nerves continued to grow, my contractions began to slow down. I told David that I thought we should try to sleep it off and wait to see. David still believed we were in labor so he grabbed a midnight snack and let Michelle know we might be headed to MCR. About an hour after lying down (now about 3AM) I woke up with much more intense contractions about 3 minutes apart and we decided to go.

We made it to the MCR at about 4AM. A nurse walked us upstairs (slowly… I had to stop multiple times for contractions), checked my dilation (5.5cm) and began to measure my contractions. I finally worked up the courage to ask the nurse if we were staying or if we were going home. She looked at me like I was crazy and said, “um yes, you are staying”.

As soon as we made it to our room, I got in the tub. David was amazing support. He put on music, massaged my back, read me verses, and whispered words of affirmation through the entire process. After about 30 minutes of laboring in the tub I began to discuss an epidural with David. I planned on a completely natural birth, but did not expect such intensity. Figuring that I had a while to go before making it to “transition”, I talked to Tina (my midwife) about the epidural and decided to get it. They needed to give me a bag of saline before administering an epidural, so I stayed in the tub with a saline IV for another hour. At about 7:30AM, I got out of the tub and moved to the bed for Tina to check my dilation again. I was already 10 cm! She let me know I could still get the epidural but it might not actually even take effect before I would begin pushing. Although I was reluctant, I finally decided to go ahead and forgo the epidural and get things going. Tina broke my waters and I began pushing soon after. Tina was fantastic. She encouraged and talked me through the entire thing. She even promised (I thought she was joking) to get me Starbucks coffee if I would find my courage and push through the contractions (and she did!).

After about 45 minutes of pushing, at 8:41AM on March 10th our son, Micah Paul Hamilton, was born 7# 6 oz and 19 ¼ inches long. He was perfect. I cannot say enough about how wonderful our experience was at MCR. Immediately following the delivery, we had almost 2 hours of skin to skin, bonding, and breastfeeding time with Micah. We are so thankful for our healthy little miracle."

To continue following Micah's story, check out his Afterglow Session here!

Denver Birth Photographer:: A Beautiful, Natural Hospital Birth

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