In the wee hours of the morning little Violet made her speedy entrance, catching everyone off guard! The dark rainy weather made the perfect conditions for an oxytocin filled birth. Cherie and Josh working together while their first love snoozed the night away, blissfully unaware she was about to meet her baby sister.
I got a heads up around 1am saying things might be happening, Cherie had felt a few surges, so stay tuned. At 1:30am I had another message saying her surges seemed to be hanging around still a little spaced out and that they would rest but there will be a baby tonight. At 2am I got the 'it's go time' message and I was in the car and on the highway about 2:10am - the next text at 2:18am........ baby's born! Wowsers, that was quick!
When I arrived her midwife and doula greeted me - we all missed it! And discovered the trio all snuggled up drinking in new baby goodness and waiting for the placenta to birth - which actually took longer than the baby to arrive!
Violet was born gently in the presence of her father, her mother the first to touch her skin, her first moments of life surrounded by love!
Birthing the placenta (physiological third stage) takes the same hormones and safe environment needed for birth and sometimes even some active birthing positions. Cherie moved to an all 4's position to let gravity help release and bring the placenta down. They wanted to leave Violet's cord intact to have a gentle separation so she was placed in front of Cherie so she could see her and drink in her amazing newborn smell. This worked perfectly!
Soon Quincy woke and we heard little footsteps coming down the stairs, it was so exciting waiting for her to discover what had been going on. Josh went to meet her and bring her in. In Cherie's birth preferences it was stated that Quincy would discover the sex of the baby herself, they had been talking to her about vulvas and penises and how they were different. As you can see the look on her face is priceless when she discovers it's a girl.
Yep, that was the sound of your ovaries exploding girlies!! Itsn't this too much!
We photograph Violet alongside her first home - the amazing placenta and amniotic sack that kept her safe and warm, fed her & protected her. Followed by some skin to skin bonding time with Dad and Quincy, exploring their new baby, touching for the first time.
We all gave Mum and baby some quiet time alone, to drink in the last moments of their time solely together, reflect and prepare to cut her cord.
Her cord is tied with a tie made by her mother, ready to join the family, Dad cuts her cord and this close family of three becomes four. Josh and his girls!
And then it was time to leave this newly born family to snuggle up in bed, listen to the rain and drink in the nights events. I quietly pack my bag and disappear into the new day pondering my experience and amaze in the reality that I get to do this for a living, witness new life, watch families grow, see love blossom before my eyes. Something I will never take for granted.