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First Moments After Birth Captured

on April 4 | in Motherhood | by | with 17 Comments

So, I **Might** Have A Slight Obsession

And it’s not just because ya’ll have me in stiches with your first words when meeting baby, some of which happen to be . . .

“Oh, she doesn’t look like an alien after all!” ~ Iris H.

“If I had known how beautiful you are I wouldn’t have eaten those fruit loops.” ~ Joy E.

and, of course, the always classic. . .

“There really was a baby in there!”~ Laurie T.

Oh no, this is so much more. Meeting a sweet babe for the first time is indescribable, but I do so love when mamas try. Today I’m honored to get to share with you the images and thoughts of women who are doing just that. For some that first meeting came like a flood after birth. Others waited alone for hours, aching for downy-soft hair to caress as they whisper sweet-nothings. Some of these images will have you grabbing for the Kleenex box, but I promise the one at the end will have you laughing with joy!

Let’s get started, shall we?

“I remember just thinking “You’re here!”  I thought I was grinning from ear to ear and I felt elated. But it’s funny to see the photo and realize how tired I actually was because I didn’t feel it in that moment.

I had birthed him while kneeling forward in the pool holding onto my husband.  Our midwife caught him and gave him a quick spin around while still underwater to unravel his cord from his neck and then she pushed him through my legs so I could pick him up.  this is photo is taken pretty much as soon as I lifted him from the water.”

~ Renee Kelcey

Two and half hours after my second little girl was born, she and I finally laid eyes on one another. Not too long after, she was taken an hour away to the closest NICU where she would spend the next 59 days. I used to hate this picture as it seemed to slap me with the loss of everything I wanted after she was born, but now I can see how tightly she holds onto my finger and remember how gently I kissed her and let her know we would be together again soon. We may have missed that initial skin to skin bonding I dreamed of, but our bonding through her challenges is stronger than I could have ever imagined.

~ Megan Gross

“I just remember the overwhelming feeling of relief, to have her in my arms after losing two in a row, to cradle her tiny body in my arms and finally see her face with my own eyes… it was just this feeling like I could finally draw in a deep breath- that she was really going to be ok. She was perfect.”

~ Melissa Aulds

Unassisted Childbirth at home, in water – we welcomed Fearless Trust Proclaim Goodness Riley earthside. Those first moments….so precious… this is my fave pic of the birth ♥

~ Cherieann Riley

This was our first moment with Charity Jane Leverenz. [It] isn’t the best photo ever taken or anything- one of my midwives just snapped it real quick. It had to be “enhanced” because it was so dark in the room (as seen by the fact that my midwife had a flashlight in her hand.) My sister, who is a photo journalist, was supposed to be there to take breath taking photos and such… but she came down with Mono. So, she wasn’t at the birth.

I LOVE this shot anyway. This was the birth of our third child, first home birth, first gender surprise. This was seconds before I announced that I had just given birth to our first girl! My oldest son, (pictured here) says “I knew it!!! I knew my baby was going to be a sister!”

~ Janice Leverenz

“This is my favorite pic! Me greeting my 5th child, born at home :) Not the greatest picture.. but the emotion is awesome!”

~ Alicia Quarles

 

“[A]fter 30 hours of labor I can honestly say he was worth it all!!!! He could not be more perfect.”

~ Michelle McCoy

“These are photos of my second sons’ birth in December. It was am unassisted birth with just daddy and me in the bedroom :) It followed a traumatic first birth experience and was very healing.”

~ Michelle Merritt

“There’s a baby in that towel!”~ Melissa Holloway

This is Sydney, born 12/14/2010 ~ Tabitha Davidson

“After laboring in the water for a few hours, I had got out of the tub to use the rest room. When I came back out I knew I needed to start pushing, but I needed to start then, there was NO time to get back in the tub. Four pushes later I was holding my second son for the first time. He immediately latched and nursed for the first four hours of his life. It was a beautiful, peaceful birthing experience with no medication, no IVs, unassisted, that resulted in an amazing boy.”

~ Amanda McClary

“They told me that she was 8lbs. When they held her up for me to see her, I remember thinking how little she was. I was expecting this chunky baby, not this tiny little thing.”

~ Sarah Halcom

“It was all very surreal. Up until recently, I never would have pictured myself giving birth at home, but now I can’t imagine doing it anywhere else! It was absolutely perfect. I didn’t know if or when Rich would make it there because he was getting ready for deployment at Ft. Hood, about 4 hrs north of us. We had hopes that he would be able to come, but it wasn’t guaranteed. When he walked through our front door about halfway through my labor, I was besdie myself with joy. He stayed by my side for the duration of labor and was with me to welcome our beautiful son into the world. 12 hours of labor, about 1.5 hours of pushing ,no complications, and a lot of love. I feel like the most blessed woman on the planet!!”

~Melanie Swan

“”Face to face for the first time” ~ Rita Miller

This is 8 years ago when I met my first baby… It’s not a good copy, but it still captures the moment :)

~ Dana Finley

“After 12 hours of being alone and only seeing pictures, I finally got to see my angel, and it was the happiest moment of my life.”

~ Shannon Brown

“Meeting our son, Owen, as he entered this world! He’s truly a miracle!”

~ Christy Cottrel

Do you know a mama (or 10) who would just love this? Maybe you should send it to them!

(psssst! Check out Part 2 here!)

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17 Responses to First Moments After Birth Captured

  1. Mamabird says:

    You were right. I’m completely blubbering right now.
    Great post. Thanks so much!

  2. Heather- As always, you fill my morning with smiles. I LOVE how all kinds of births are represented…homebirths, waterbirths, hospital births with and without meds, and even a c-section. Thanks for always being welcoming of everyone.

  3. Leah says:

    ahhh….memories! I have two home birthed babies. one water one in the bed. I look at my birthing pictures frequently and remember the raw rush of emotions! I’m nursing my sleeping little one right now and already craving another after looking at these pictures.

  4. Awww, thank you Carrie Blaesing Dadey! I’m so grateful to all the mamas who were willing to share these sacred moments with us. <3

  5. Love all of these! Great stories & memories captured!

  6. Stephanie Saadoun Baldwin via FB says:

    Can I share some pictures? :)

  7. Megan says:

    So privileged to be a part of this post! Thanks for including us!

  8. YES, Stephanie Saadoun Baldwin! Please send it to me on at my personal FB account (Heather Alger Dessinger). I’d love to do another post with more photos soon!

  9. Stephanie Saadoun Baldwin via FB says:

    I sent you a Pm on this page. If you need to to send it to the other one still let me know!

  10. Sarah says:

    These brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I got it, thank you! Replying now :)

  12. Stevie says:

    My home birth was 25 years ago, but these pictures brought back those wonderful memories. After 5 hospital births, I had a beautiful home birth, birthing my biggest baby. It was perfect, and if I had the chance I would love to experience that birth all over again!

  13. Melissa says:

    Oh wow! Somehow I missed this when it posted! So beautiful, thanks for letting V and I be a part of it!

  14. Sara says:

    We are forever bonded together as women, through birth alone. Thanks for this. Love love love this moment.

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