With most births, labor starts slow and begins to build. Oxytocin and endorphins begin to flow, and mama can feel surges of euphoria between and even during intense contractions.
Often, the birth room is quiet as the support team works quietly and mama works hard.
Vocalizations, changing positions, they all watch as she goes deeper inside herself.
Supporting a laboring woman is more about bearing witness to her expressions of love and uncomfortability than trying to make labor seem like it’s not happening.
And although she knew she was having a baby, it’s still a surprise, an everyday miracle of sorts.
Thank you to Ellen and Dustin for trusting us, and sharing these beautiful images of the birth of their babe with us.