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Friday, August 27, 2010


I know that I should be posting actual blog entries (and, I will, eventually...)

But, I've been busy.

On the 25th, I drove up to Columbus to be there when a good friend of mine gave birth. She wanted an intervention-free hospital birth. The hospital labeled her "extreme" and she needed some advocates to be by her side.

She ended up going into active labor that very night at 11.30pm. Her doula had an emergency and I ended up stepping into the role (don't worry, I'm qualified). She labored at home and made it to the hospital just in time to push... literally. She gave birth to her daughter on a stretcher, in the middle of the hallway on the way to L&D. The mom said things ended up perfectly. Although a hallway wasn't her "ideal" place to give birth, she avoided every single intervention possible, caught her own daughter, and she can safely say she labored at home for as long as she possibly could! I don't want to tell her story, especially since she hasn't told it yet, so I'll just let the photos speak for now.

(Pictures are posted with full and complete permission, as always)

Early labor2

Active Labor

Water as Pain Relief

Hard Labor

Almost There

First Photo Together


skin to skin

Posing Newborn

Football Hold

Ms. Inara was 8lbs 14oz and 21.5 inches!


  1. That is so awesome!! I'm glad she was able to have the birth she wanted.

    I haven't had any children yet, but I'm already worried about how to find a doctor who is willing to not intervene unless completely necessary.

    Thanks for posting the pics.

  2. I would recommend having a CNM if you plan to deliver in a hospital. They definitely tend to be less medically-minded

  3. Gorgeous photos! What a great birth!

  4. Awww... squishy baby photos.. I'm so glad I'm going to have another one of my own soon to smooch!! Loving your blog! Why not come say hi at my blog.

    :) See you on Twitter!

  5. Thanks for sharing.....its wonderful. I know the pregnancy time is really a difficult stage and surly this time we need extra help.There are trained doulas Oahu who offer postpartum for the new mommies.