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Levi’s Birth Film

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This is Levi’s birth story

. . . as captured by the lovely Amelia Hambrook, who also happens to be the mama behind our little potami’s newborn photos.








Note: Stick around till the 8 minute mark for a little peek into our first few days as a family of five. ♥


For those of you who read Levi’s birth story, you may be wondering a few things:

1. Were these images captured during the difficult “early labor” I described? Yes and no. Some of the footage was shot during a short break when my labor lightened up, while some of it was shot through some of the most difficult parts. Which parts are which? It’s hard to tell. Daddypotamus says I should learn to play poker with a face like mine. The contractions during much of my early early labor were incredibly uncomfortable – too uncomfortable to talk through – but  I process pain internally so it’s not super obvious. Seriously, I was in transition with people sitting right next to me and no one realized it!

In other words, scene of me eating in the kitchen = Light labor

Scene of Katiepotamus and Daddypotamus comforting me during my four hour nap-a-thon = NOT light labor.

2. Was Levi taken away from me to be measured, weighed, etc. right after he was born? Definitely not! My birth team gave us plenty of time to snuggle skin-to-skin, but I asked Amelia to edit most of that part out to keep this video PG. They don’t call it skin-to-skin for nothing, you know!

3. Why is my face so splotchy in the video? Okay, you were probably not wondering that, but the answer is that I put on makeup at 4am without thinking about how it would look once I got in the birth tub.

4. Why is there a large section of the labor/birth missing? Because it didn’t look like I was progressing very quickly, it was suggested that Amelia head home, check in with her family, and rest up for what could be a long night. But as you know if you read his birth story, things didn’t go quite as expected.


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348 Responses to Levi’s Birth Film

  1. Aly Waterfall via FB says:

    <3 wow <3 Beautiful!

  2. Wanda Vegel via FB says:

    Incredibly precious! Thanks for sharing this

  3. Kelly Taylor via FB says:

    Watched this.this morning. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing x

  4. Nikki O'Connor via FB says:

    So touching and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Gwen Swanson via FB says:

    So beautiful. Thank you for sharing your life with us. You have quite a little helper there too. Maybe someday she’ll grow up to be a midwife.

  6. Leah Johnson via FB says:


  7. Marisa says:

    So beautiful! Made me cry :) Can’t wait to have my own some day, DV!

  8. Chasa Fisher via FB says:

    My sons also a Levi:)

  9. Chasa Fisher via FB says:

    This made me tear up so perfect!

  10. Rainy Roth via FB says:

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. You are blessed.

  11. Deanna Brinkmeyer Eixman via FB says:

    So precious and such a blessing. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Jenny von Hollen via FB says:

    Wow!! That’s a great video! So beautiful! I definitely felt my uterus flexing while you were in contraction mode! Lol powerful. Thank u for sharing. Makes me wanna wake my babies up and smooch them more than I already do, which is alot! Xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo!!

  13. Kimberley O. says:

    Wow this is an incredibly beautiful video. Thank you so much for sharing. Your daughters reaction when the baby was born was so precious I couldn’t hold the tears back.

  14. Loren says:

    So beautiful! Congrats! Thank you for sharing.

  15. Casa Jeanette says:

    So precious! Loved the video. This is one I will definitely share with my girls. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you and your family.

  16. Erin P. says:

    Did you listen to music in the background while laboring? What did you choose to have playing? We are planning to have our first baby in our living room in less than 3 wks and I’m trying to think about what I want to be listening to. The one song I do plan on is “Oceans” by Hillsong United!!!
    Thanks, Erin

  17. linda says:

    ty for sharing your precious birth of your son Levi

    I Am a birth keeper here living in New Hartford NY

    The sheer beauty of welcoming a new soul w such careful loving attention brings up emotions of pecae joy gratitiude yearning longing

    loving blessing from my heart to yours

  18. April L says:

    That was so beautiful- it makes me want another one – ha ha
    you have a beautiful family

  19. Rachel in Oklahoma says:

    Aww, they change so soon! Mine was born the 11th of Nov.– they lose that “new-born” look so quickly. Makes me a little sad for you that your labors are so long and difficult (mine are fast and furious, no time to set up a pool!) Good job for hanging in there and seeing it through, mama! You have a BEAUTIFUL baby!! Thanks for sharing with us.

  20. Susan v says:

    Beautiful. Made me cry. Brought me back to my own sons birth. Totally emotional. God Bless you and your beautiful family. Thank you for sharing your joy!

  21. Carol G. says:

    I never was able to have children, but thought this was so beautiful that I shared it with a young friend who is expecting very soon. She was very moved by it. Thank you for sharing.

  22. Kelly @ The Nourishing Home says:

    Congratulations! What a beautiful blessing from God. Thank you for sharing his birth with us. Praying for you all for a New Year with continued health, love, joy and peace in Him. Blessings, Kelly

  23. Laura says:

    Absolutely beautiful…made me cry tears of joy for you and your family. You are teaching your children to not be afraid of the so very natural aspects of being a human being. Congratulations on doing such a wonderful thing so very well…we need more people like you in this world.

  24. Jodie says:

    So beautiful!
    Welcome to the world Levi.

  25. Stephanie says:

    Simply lovely. What an amazing visual journey of family. Thank you for sharing!

  26. Rachel Norman says:

    That was the most beautiful amazing thing I have seen! I cried, I loved it, especially when Katie jumped in the pool with you. Congratulations! You look exactly the same as junior high and high school… Well except for the boobs. : ). I a, so happy for you and your family!

  27. Christa says:

    this is my absolutely favorite video and post,,,,it was such a precious and beautiful experience to watch,,,I so wish my children’s birth had been so very calm and natural. I admire all you do and how you are such a amazing woman and blogger and mother. Thank you for sharing your most personal and intimate moments with us!

  28. Maria says:

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing your birth and family with us. Your children are so blessed with such a wonderful momma and poppa and such wonderful family and friends. You are doing a beautiful job with them. If I had been more knowledgeable when my first child was born (over 17 years ago) I would have definitely gone with the water birth and midwife/doula. Congrats.

  29. Alexandra @ Creative Simple Life says:

    Beautiful film! Thanks so much for sharing.

  30. Jeanmarie says:

    I found this incredibly moving. Surely no little brother was more lovingly anticipated by his siblings than Levi. What a treasure this video will be to him and your whole family through the years.

  31. Caren says:

    How precious. <3 Beautiful video thank you for sharing and congratulations.

  32. Natalie says:

    ABSOLUTELY beautiful!!! Thank you sooo much for sharing!

  33. Coryann says:

    (long message) I just wanted to say that was so amazing and beautiful. Thats how I wanted my birth to go. I currently am in the military and have no options other than no epidual. My first birth was nothing like I had planned, I could not even have a birth plan. I currently am 15 weeks and plan t odo my best with at least all natural. But I have been getting so nervous because my husband and I are so busy and attched to work that we really have been unable to connect with this little one growing inside me. But watching your video has re affirmed what I wish I could have and has given me that “push” I needed to remeber to connect, do yoga, and the most I can do hypnobirthing. When my husband gets home I will have him watch the video as well and I know that will start us on the path to having the pregnancy we have dreamed about, or at least close as we can get. Thank you for sharing all that you do, it helps :)

  34. Megan Bailey says:

    This was so beautiful and meaningful to me. I am entering my seventh month with my first pregnancy and trying to mentally prepare for a home water birth. While I am elated to have the choice and am feeling more confident every day that I can deliver my child without interventions, birth stories that this mean so so much to me.
    Thank you!

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  37. Yeida says:

    BEAUTIFUL!! Made me cry, too! You have a beautiful family :)

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  39. Kelley says:

    That was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  40. Kiki says:

    I love this video! Levi is so precious!! I love that Katie and Micah are included and were able to be part of the special day. So sweet!

  41. Joy says:

    I feel the Lord when I look at your beautiful family. Thank you for sharing your life with us. The video made me want to cry. Just incredible.

  42. Sarah says:

    Dear Heather,
    I was hoping for a similar scene. I had a due date of Christmas day this year but miscarried at 14+ weeks. It brought joy to my heart for the first time in a long while (involving the pregnancy/birth of others) watching this video. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on your little one reaching 2!!

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