Birth. Unplugged.

When a woman has had two previous homebirths, she usually does not end up here. But for personal reasons, Christa chose to give birth to her third child in a hospital. However, she still wanted to birth like she did at home - she wanted things to be her way, the way she was comfortable, the way she knew worked for her. Christa's birth is unlike any other hospital birth I've seen. She was not hooked up to a single machine, there were no wire or cords or tubes attached to her, she wore her own robe (the hospital gown was behind an armchair - lol - I'm assuming it slipped off the back of the chair), she snacked on crackers and sipped Gatorade, Norah Jones was playing on the iTunes, and I'm honestly surprised she gave birth on the bed :) Christa didn't spend much time on the bed until right when the baby was born. I'm betting the doctor & nurse have never seen a birth quite like Christa's!! :)

Christa is a great example of a strong and determined woman. I didn't include a picture of this in the post, but hanging in the bathroom was Christa's make-up bag. The logo on the bag was "StrongMoms" Christa you are one strong mama! Thank you for having me at your birth!


This was a new sight for me! :) The husband on the bed instead of the laboring wife! I arrived at the hospital around 8:00am. Christa was at "6 to 7 cm" and was quite relaxed and calm. At one point, she even asked the nurse "Is this normal?"
8:16am

Christa explaining to her daughter how the muscles contract to push the baby out.
Waiting.... waiting.... 9:46am & 11:03am....
After a few hours of "not much progress" although being at "a 6 or a 7", the doctor suggested breaking the water. Christa, being very anxious to meet her new baby, agreed and things picked up rather quickly after that. 1:07pm
Pat was fabulously supportive. I love the looks of concern on his face.
Their first look at their new baby boy!! 1:39pm
Christa is beginning to tear up here.
He's a little on the big side of the things :) 8 pounds 15 ounces and 21 inches!
Both Grandma's came in from out-of-state.
Big sister meets her brother!

Amber  – (September 20, 2010 at 10:57 AM)  

I just get all teared up when I see your birth photography. This is something I am maybe thinking of trying, any suggestions? Price? Do you use flash at all? So beautiful as always :)

Anonymous –   – (September 20, 2010 at 9:12 PM)  

I know Christa personally and think she is an amazing woman. She and her husband have received such a blessing with their new baby boy. The pictures are amazing and I am sure this healthy babies birth was something more special to her and her family than anyone can imagine. You captured the moment beautifully in your photos.

D.H.L.O.  – (October 27, 2010 at 10:41 AM)  

best birth photos EVER jessica! the photo of sister meeting the new baby... i want to frame it and it's not even my family. :) great work!

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