ok, so it’s a dimly lit photo tour. we’ll call it ambiance. or love aura. whatevs…
i’d like to highlight some of the things i loved about birthing our baby girl at home, in our own bed, with these few snaps from my phone. lucky you, nothing graphic will be shown as i was too busy with the actual birthing. i was able to capture one last maternity shot when labor was just getting started.
there was so much i was thankful for about being in our own space for laboring and birthing. i want to write a little bit more about the experience and process but i think that is for another time.
so we’ll flash forward to the immediate postpartum which, for us, seems to be bursting with benefits:
^ the first being that we were given time and respect. our space and experience were honored. i have several photos of daphne just looking around the world for the longest time. it was all so peaceful and serene. at least for us. daphne has a bit of a what-the-heck-just-happened-to-me look going on.
^ all daphne’s measurements and exams were done in our bed, by our side.
^mike got to be the one to give daphne her first “bath” which was just a washcloth rubdown
and we all got to hang out in various stages of undress holding miss Daphne:
^and darla held daphne for the first time. darla’s thoughts on the experience: “she doesn’t smell very good.”
^home birth meant my parents could come and be with us and the lack of visiting hours has lead to lots of bonding time for everyone, which works well for our family.
and mostly we just sit around and stare at daphne josephine, completely comfortable and settled in to her home surroundings from minute one.
our home birth = a home filled with love. a birth filled with love.