Red Lipped Mother
This incredible birth was WORK.
My client, Greta, had a powerful delivery. There is no other way to put it.
She is the definition of strong and her strength is to be admired. The amount of perseverance she had was amazing. I really haven’t seen a birth quite like this one.
For weeks we texted the following:
“You in labor?”
“UGH. NOOOPE. -_- “
Then, the arrival of Jasper came.
Greta texts me Sunday morning saying, “We think we are having this baby today!”
AND BOY, DID THEY.
I arrived at 11:30am to find Greta focused on working through early contractions. The forgiving ebbs and flows were in the beginning stages.
To get labor moving, they took a walk outside. She had been in early labor since 4 that morning.
During their stroll, Karl supported her. Allowing her to just be how she felt she needed to be.
These two are the funniest couple I have had the pleasure of working with. They're highly compatible. They would crack jokes when necessary or he would just hold her gaze when her bodily movement showed she needed silence.
He would joke that they were terrorizing the kids on the playground and the bicyclists that were racing near them. After about twenty minutes of exercising, we returned to the house. The contractions became stronger.
Once inside, the jokes stopped.
There are many different ways to labor.
A majorly effective way is simply emotional support.
Sometimes emotional support can far outweigh physical or medicinal measures.
Just being felt and heard can ease someone in labor. Being respected and cherished during this incredible time adheres to women.
Every labor experience and client are different.
Specific requests and quirks at each birth has always been a favorite aspect of this time spent with them. I enjoy seeing what they like and dislike. What they uniquely feel is important.
Most moms have specifications on what they want when their baby arrives. Greta wanted the correct size mittens and dinosaur beanie for Jasper when he was born. They brought the newborn size and a size up. When Greta was laboring in the corner, I caught Karl desperately trying to figure out which size was bigger since they looked so similar. It was precious. Seeing partners do everything in their power to make the woman they love happy is awesome. They tend to feel helpless since the mother of their children go through so much. They will do anything they can to make them feel supported and loved. She also wanted her custom-made Winslet birds she ordered weeks before ready to meet their new friend, Jasper. Like seriouslyyyy!?
After some hours going through steps to further Jasper’s descent, it was time to see where he was.