Kelsey and Ryan had me laughing from the moment I met them. Parents and partners, the connection between the two of them was undeniable. Due to health concerns, Kelsey had her first daughter via c-section. She wanted to try for a VBAC when she found out she was pregnant with her second daughter.
Kelsey and I talked in the weeks leading up to her birth. She carefully weighed the pros and cons of each choice put before her. Due to her health issues, a VBAC presented unique risks. Throughout it all, she and Ryan walked with courage and calmness. At her 39 week appointment, her doctor informed her than an induction needed to happen today. He was open to her trying to give birth vaginally but explained that it was unlikely her cervix would dilate. We met at the hospital, and she worked through the contractions that started soon after she received pitocin.
She laughed. Ryan laughed. We all laughed. There was so much joy in that birthing room, even though we all knew there was a chance her birth was going to unfold differently than she hoped.
After several hours of contractions, her doctor checked her...and there was change. At that point, it was decided a c-section was the safest course of action for her and her baby. Kelsey allowed a moment to grieve the loss of her VBAC but then moved forward with confidence and pride. She had done everything in her power, and this was going to be the best choice for her and her sweet baby.
I was allowed back into the OR, and I'm so grateful I was able to capture these priceless moments.