I met Hannah and Casey when we were young in elementary school. I knew both of them years before they started dating in high school. To see them grow together as a married couple and then completing their family with a third baby was especially special to me. Because they had both a son and a daughter already, they decided to let baby number 3's gender be a surprise!
Hannah went 2 days over her due date. She was completely agreeable for an induction at this point. I met them at the hospital at 10am to begin the process. I planned on staying an hour, leaving, and coming back several hours later as inductions can take a long time to make any significant progress. Hannah decided against an epidural to have a more natural experience with freedom to move around. Up until this point I had never witnessed a mama labor WITH Pitocin and WITHOUT an epidural. Usually the two go hand-in-hand. I had only photographed medicine-free births or births with epidurals AND Pitocin.
After being gone for 45 minutes Casey text me saying, "they are breaking the water!" I rushed in to the room with Hannah fully focusing on working through back-to-back intense contractions with her eyes closed. This was transition. She didn't make a sound, but the pain was evident when she wouldn't even converse between contractions. Hannah's mom was by her side encouraging her through affirmations while her doula and husband worked on different pressure points to relieve pressure. Her sister came in as an extra support for her little sister.
Within minutes, Hannah expressed the urge to push. They had called her doctor already to come to the hospital, and the nurses strongly encouraged Hannah not to push to wait for her. Hannah didn't push. She sang through each contraction with a soft "oooooh," but baby 3 came with just the compression of the contractions.
Everyone had had waited with full anticipation for baby to be a boy. The look in everyone's eyes was sheer elation and surprise as they saw that baby number three was a GIRL!! Joyful tears filled the room knowing this was the last baby to complete this family.
From induction to birth it was only around 3 hours and 30 minutes. I was shocked along with the nurses and doctor at the speedy process! Her doctor made it exactly one minute after baby girl was born. Birth's reputation will continue on its notorious unpredictability.
Welcome Kendall Layne at 7 pounds 13 ounces!