A Full Moon Birth

I got a text just after midnight and arrived at the hospital just after Mom had gotten settled into her room. Her first baby was so fast that her photographer missed the birth, so I headed down to the hospital as early as I could! We chatted and joked and watched Ghost Busters for a while while mom labored and watched the sun rise over Honolulu. She knew exactly what position she needed to be in to keep labor moving along and as soon as she was able to get there, things took off!

Mom predicted her baby's arrival time down to the hour! Her birth was attended by a fantastic and empowering midwife, who encouraged Dad to catch the baby and place him on Mom's chest. After plenty of un-rushed and quiet skin-to-skin time on Mom's chest and baby's first time nursing, we finally got to find out how much this little one weighed! One of the midwives crochets a lei for each little one to take home as a special memory of being born in Hawaii.

Dad was so hands-on and was a part of any and everything he could be a part of. In addition to catching their little one, he helped get baby's weight and measurements and even gave the first bath! You could feel the love in the room. I am so honored to have been there to witness it and hope their birth photos are something they cherish forever.

 


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