I’m always blown away by the strength of women and their ability to adapt. Kim had been planning and preparing to welcome her little boy in the comfort of her home. This scheduled cesarean birth was not what she had envisioned for her labor and the birth of her son but she was able to mold to a new vision and there was so much beauty and peace.
Kim’s brother was there to support her as well as her amazing birth doula, Simone. The nurses and doctors on staff at Mission Hospital do such an amazing job. They really focus on family centered cesarean’s and if possible, they encourage skin to skin right away. There is a large screen for Mama to watch as they take baby’s vitals as well. So although things would be playing out differently than Kim had hoped, it was such a beautiful new beginning.
There were so many little miracles along the way. Kim actually knew her anesthesiologist- they had been in a birthing class together!Kim was really calm and at peace and just excited to hold her little boy.Watch out world!
Meet Julian Brooks.He was a little early and needed some extra help with oxygen. Again, the staff is amazing. Calm, alert, and very prepared.
Love this pouty lip!Hello world.
Because Julian needed a little extra help, it was decided that he would have to go up to NICU. One of the sweet nurses in the OR, Mickey, printed a picture of Julian for his Mama so she had something to hold when he was moved to the NICU and she was still in recovery. Such an incredible kindness.It was such a blessing that Kim’s brother was here for baby’s arrival. He really had a calming presence and was able to go with Julian to NICU and help there before Kim was able to go up which was just such a peace of mind for Kim.Mom and baby finally reunited!Birth is beautiful. It doesn’t always go as planned but as we educate ourselves and face our fears, we can birth with courage, in whatever way we are called to.
I am thrilled this year to be teaming up with Homegrown Babies. It is a wonderful resource for women and their families through pregnancy to parenthood. Check out their site for more information about doulas, childbirth education classes, and even classes to help siblings prepare and welcome new baby.
I’ll be sharing images from Julian’s newborn session soon!
Thanks for looking!