Brooke had contacted me in September when she was looking for a doula for her December birth. I was excited she was planning to deliver at Baby and Company (a local birth center), but sad that I was already booked for December and couldn't take on another client. I referred her to another doula, a trusted friend of mine, Nicole Edwards. Little did I know that our paths were still meant to cross!
On the morning of November 15, I received a text from Nicole saying that she had a client who had gone into labor early and was looking for a birth photographer since the photographer she had planned on using was out of town. It just happened to be on a day that my schedule was flexible and after a few phone calls I was able to line up babysitting and head over to Lutheran Medical Center. It wasn't until I was on my way there that I made the connection that this was the same client I had corresponded with several months before! I was excited to get to join Brooke and her husband Drew for this amazing experience after all!
Brooke was inspiring as she labored gracefully throughout the day with strength and determination. The hospital room became her own sacred birth space with hand-made birth affirmations adorning the window and Christmas music playing peacefully in the background. Drew and Nicole were amazing in their support.
Soon after 3pm, after less than 10 minutes of pushing, baby Asher was born into his mother's welcoming hands and brought straight to her chest. Despite being five weeks early, he came out crying and breathing just fine on his own and weighed in at a whopping 4lbs 15oz.
**Scroll to the end for a link to Asher's birth video!
Congrats, Brooke and Drew!! Asher is absolute perfection!
Click here to see Asher's birth video: https://vimeo.com/196033850