Sunday, March 21, 2010

A very happy VBAC Mama!

The appointment was scheduled for a repeat c-section and the day was drawing closer...3 days...2 days...A castor oil shake...Contractions begin! Kelly was like a kid anticipating a trip to the candy store at the thought of being in labor! After 23 hours of tough labor and sheer determination, she had an awesome VBAC! A BIG thanks to Dr. Christina Kelly (Tacoma) who was one of Kelly's biggest cheerleaders! She comes highly recommended if you have had a prior c-section and desire to have a VBAC!

"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother." ~ Theodore Hesburgh

A little girl has a way of immediately melting Daddy's heart. He plays such an important role in her life...You are her first love!

Leah Grace
Born at Tacoma General Hospital
March 18th, 2010 at 5:05 pm
Weight: 7lb 14oz Length: 20 1/2"
She joins 2 1/2 yr. old brother, Micah!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Ultimate Gift of Love...

Young, single, and unexpectedly pregnant...Not ready to be a parent. Faced with the choice of terminating a life or giving life, this young woman made the decision to carry this baby for another couple to parent. During the pregnancy, she went to great measures to make sure she was doing what was best to grow a healthy baby...Eating healthy, exercising, and no drugs or alcohol. She even went so far as deciding to have an unmedicated birth! Considering the fact that 76% of women today have an epidural during childbirth, this was AMAZING! I was honored to be the doula for this courageous, young woman who gave birth to a 9lb 2oz baby boy after only 3 1/5 hours of labor. The room couldn't have been any more peaceful as this beautiful little boy was born into the water and placed on his birth mama's chest. He was showered with kisses and lovingly admired before being placed into the arms of the wonderful couple that would be his parents. Little Brody...You're a lucky little guy and loved by so many!

Look at those lips!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Happy Birthday Libby!

After 5 hours of labor, Karen and Stephen got to meet their little daughter, Libby! Karen did an AMAZING job of bringing Libby into the world 100% natural. Yes, have bragging rights! We had wonderful support from Nurse Jen who believes in the natural process of birth and delivered all five of her babies in the comfort of her home. Stephen...the loving support you gave your wife is more encouragement than you will ever realize!

Libby Evelyn
Born March 5th, 2010 at 5:33 am
at St. Franscis in Federal Way, WA
Weighed in at 7 lb 6 oz and 22 1/4" long
She joins big brother Brody (almost 3 yrs old)

Safe in her Daddy's arms!