Dad and Doula helping mom through the contractions Mom pulls baby to her chest.Dad and Doula helping mom through the contractions Mom pulls baby to her chest.
Mom pulls baby to her chest. Mom pulls baby to her chest.
Listening to baby's heartbeat Listening to baby's heartbeat
Elliott is here! Elliott is here!
Placenta is delivered and still attached to baby.Placenta is delivered and still attached to baby.
Ready for the newborn exam about 90 minutes after birth. Ready for the newborn exam about 90 minutes after birth.
Midwife Jean is examining Elliott. Midwife Jean is examining Elliott.
Dad and Elliott getting acquainted Dad and Elliott getting acquainted
Elliott's birth Photos by Stephi Jean Photography 763-227-5783 [email protected]
When asked to name the best thing(s) about their home birth women mentioned the following:
*Not having to go anywhere
*My amazing midwife
*Having these memories in my own home
*The amazing prenatal and postpartum care. I got so much attention! I appreciated being able to text my midwife with questions anytime
*Not having to put any clothes on
*People touching me how and when I permit
*It made me feel like birth is a normal part of life
*I was able to be fully present without interruptions
*I felt safe in a way that I was surrounded by people I trust and wouldn't be persuaded, prodded or pressured into anything I didn't really want
*No worry about someone performing unnecessary procedures on my little guy
*Knowing who would be at my birth before it happened
*Eating when I wanted
*The ability to be completely primal and autonomous during this spiritual experience
*Only the people I invited, wanted and trusted were there
*The prenatal and postpartum care, the same level is impossible in the hospital system. The time and individual attention and the relationship that was built was so impactful
*Less freaky germs and more fresh air
*Climbing into my own bed
*Flexibility with my due date
*Being relaxed before and after
*Being fed the exact food I wanted after the birth
*How primal it feels and having the utmost faith in my body
*No getting bugged by nurses all night and no repeated interruptions
*Laboring on my own furniture
*Knowing my older children were asleep upstairs and how soon after birth they got to meet their sister
*Laying in bed for days after birth without being busy and moving
*Home visits after baby was born so I didn't need to go anywhere