This was one of my very first births I ever documented. This was also my first birth to shoot completely in the dark with no flash. I definitely had to embrace the grain and film-look to this birth story.
I got the call at 5am to head over to Hilary's house. Luckily she lived less than a mile from my house. She had been laboring for an hour and a half when I arrived. She was laboring in her dark moody bedroom with only a small lamp with a green shade in the corner of the room. This light barely illuminated Hilary as she swayed far from this lamp . She rocked back and forth using the dresser for support and her doula or husband for counter pressure on her back.
Hilary decided to switch to a home birth at 39 weeks with Copper Creek Midwifery. This was a glorious redemptive birth after losing two very-wanted babies, one early on in utero and one full term. Within the hour after both her doula and midwifery team arrived at the house, Hilary felt an inexplicable urge to push. Charlie, her husband, gently reminded her that she wanted a water birth and to get in the tub soon. He had been furiously blowing up the tub and filling it with water at the perfect temperature to give his wife the birth she had only envisioned in her dreams just before this.
Her doula, Guinever Van Campen, never left Hilary's side and helped guide her in to the birthing tub. Within minutes, Hilary's low moaning tones turned in to a low controlled roar. Within a couple of pushes, Rowan came emerging from the water. The realization that he was breathing. He was real. He was crying. This was more than Hilary could comprehend. Her emotions overcame her, and she embraced her tears, gasps, and laughter of joy. A couple hours later, her two older sons woke up peacefully to a new brother lying in their mama's arms.
Rowan was born a rainbow baby after 3 hours of labor in the water in the comfort of his home at 6:39am. He weighed 8 pounds and 22 inches.