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Monet Nicole is Denver's leading birth photographer. She shares beautiful birth stories on her blog each week. Each story is beautiful and powerful in it's own way. They take place at hospitals, homes, and birth centers in Denver, Colorado. 

Birthing in Water

When I decided to have my second baby at a free-standing birth center, I envisioned giving birth in the water. The first 12 weeks of my pregnancy had been rough, and I found my only relief when I was soaking in our apartment bathtub. I would sit there for well over an hour each night, my hands resting on my belly, sensing the little life that was just beginning to move inside of me. 

But as often happens with birth, my baby came earthside on her own terms. After laboring and dilating to 10 centimeters in the water, I needed to get out and have Eliza on the bed. I don't regret that decision at all, and even though she didn't pass through water to find me...water was very much part of our birth story. 

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Margaret Atwood has long been one of my favorite writers, and I love what she wrote about the power of water here:

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” 

In the past few months, I've attended so many beautiful water births here in Denver. I wanted to put together a small collection of a few recent images. I hope they inspire you as much as they've inspired me. 

She emerges from the water. A Colorado Springs homebirth. 

She emerges from the water. A Colorado Springs homebirth. 

Mom catches baby at Baby + Co. 

Mom catches baby at Baby + Co. 

They welcomed their baby with joy and love at the Birth Center of Boulder. 

They welcomed their baby with joy and love at the Birth Center of Boulder. 

We did it! She's here! 

We did it! She's here! 

The moment you see your baby for the very first time. 

The moment you see your baby for the very first time. 

The joy of welcoming your 5th baby...her very first waterbirth. 

The joy of welcoming your 5th baby...her very first waterbirth. 

Daddy watches baby's birth via Skype at an Away Bronco Game. 

Daddy watches baby's birth via Skype at an Away Bronco Game. 

A moment of rest and reflection. 

A moment of rest and reflection. 

Baby nestles up close to his mama at Mountain Midwifery Center

Baby nestles up close to his mama at Mountain Midwifery Center

The love on everyone's faces takes my breath away. 

The love on everyone's faces takes my breath away. 

Vernix and henna and a beautiful cord.

Vernix and henna and a beautiful cord.

A healing and restorative herbal bath at the Denver Center for Birth 

A healing and restorative herbal bath at the Denver Center for Birth 

The Birth of Enzo at the Denver Center for Birth

Iris and Zach found the Denver Center for Birth later in her pregnancy. Iris wanted an unmedicated, out-of-hospital birth, and after touring the center, they both felt that this was the right place to welcome their baby into the world. They connected with Shari Romero, the midwife at the birth center, and felt confident that baby Enzo would be welcomed in a place full of love and support. 

Zach plays for the Denver Broncos, and they knew it would be a possibility that he'd be at a game when Iris went into labor. 

Sure enough, Iris began experiencing contractions on the very day Zach was in Chicago for an away game. But that didn't deter Iris. She knew that her body would do just what it needed to do to birth her baby. She trusted the process. She trusted her birth team. She trusted herself. 

I walked into the birth center and found her laboring so peacefully and beautifully. You would have never guessed she was about to have her baby! She soon began pushing and before long, baby Enzo made his way into the world and into his mama's arms. Zach was able to meet his newborn son via Skype...just minutes before he walked onto the field. 

The last two photos were taken by my assistant and dear friend, Rebecca Walsh. 

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