This birth was a really special one for me. Almost three years ago I photographed Amanda and Todd’s wedding. We also share the same OB, and Amanda ended up having the same delivery room as I did with my daughter just over a year ago. In many ways, it felt like I was reliving my own birth experience! Amanda and I got together during the fall and talked about natural birth – something that I love doing with friends who are interested! I gave her all of my books on the subject, knowing she was going to be awesome at this.
It was a few days past her due date. She checked in with me after her weekly appointment, and said it looks like labor could be any time now. I got my bags together that afternoon, and then that evening got another text that they’ll most likely be headed to he hospital that night. Contractions were getting more regular. Everything was ready. I went to sleep for a few minutes before I got word that they were on the way to the hospital. Amanda is incredibly strong, so I had a feeling she could be pretty far along before arriving at the hospital.
We both arrived right around midnight. She checked in at 6-7 cm… a perfect time for me to arrive!
The hours passed slowly. Amanda was taking on each contraction like a champ. I seriously felt like a wimp seeing how in control she was. For a while I thought that contractions had slacked off. But they hadn’t – she was just taking each one in calm silence. Finally daylight came.
Things were moving along really slowly. They tried some more walking to see if that would help reach completion. Even at 9+ centimeters, and being in labor all night long, Amanda still had a smile on her face!
Exhaustion was setting in. I left Amanda and Todd alone for a while, hoping that she would be ready to push soon. A few more hours went by. In need of rest and relief, Amanda got an epidural, and finally got some sleep. With some pitocin, she was finally complete and able to start pushing. Only this baby wasn’t in a good position for going anywhere! It took some a manual rotation to get baby from occiput transverse (head facing to the leg), into the best position for delivery.
Then there was a little bit more waiting, as the doctor headed out to catch another baby. It was night again. Todd was such a steady support for his wife, faithfully by her side!
Then finally little Maggie Sophia made it out into the world!
Family and friends were waiting right outside the room for the announcement!
It’s a girl!
It was a long night, and even longer day for everyone, but little Maggie – you’re precious, and worth the wait!
Amanda & Todd, thank you so much for letting me be there to document this day in your lives! Amanda – you’re a rockstar!