This birth is such perfection in so many ways. Dustin & I went to high school together. We ran into each other a few years after graduation and we had both become photographers. After a few more years, I had the thought to look him up. Thank you Mark Zuckerburg for inventing Facebook. :) Little did I know, the night before I found him on FB, Dustin's wife had spent an hour on my blog! She was looking for a birth photographer. Fast forward a few weeks. While gathering all the necessary info, I ask who their midwife is. Desi responds with "We've decided to do a freebirth" (an birth unattended by a midwife or doctor) and I got goosebumps! Desi's last birth was so fast her midwife didn't make it, and I can totally relate to that! After all the "coincidences" and the way things had happened so perfectly, I knew this birth would be awesome and felt honored to be invited to be a part of it!
So Wednesday night I get a call. In the birth business, you know even before looking at the phone, that anyone who is calling that late is someone who is in labor! Just minutes before, I had been thinking about Dustin & Desi, thinking "I should make sure all my gear is together" etc, and then I got the phone call! I hopped in the car and prayed I didn't get caught speeding on the way to their house. Desi's last labor was only one hour, and I live 45 minutes from her house! Luckily I made it, and without a speeding ticket.
Upon arrival at their house, I noticed felt a beautiful feeling in the home. It was a feeling of simplicity and love and is summed up by this quote plaque: There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort, by Jane Austen. There are many people who think homebirthers are crazy, but this plaque says it all. While applicable to nearly all situations in life, it is especially appropriate for this birth. No hospital or birth center room in the world can compare to your own house and your own bed. I want one of these plaques for my house!!
A few lovely details. This star is taped to the bathroom door. Mom is a star!
I love how these two worked together. Dustin was such a rock and Desi was so cool & collected. My friends say I make it look easy, oh no, Desi makes it look easy! She birthed this baby without making a sound!