Felicity's Thanksgiving birth stands out to me for many reasons. I was able to connect with my hypnobirthing instructor - Katie Johnson. I left a thawed turkey in my fridge (surprisingly Thanksgiving was the only holiday I missed this year!). I saw immense strength and beauty from this laboring mama. And this was the first birth I photographed after finding out that we were expecting our second baby. I had taken a pregnancy test only two days before, and I was elated and overjoyed to be carrying a new life inside of me. (Luckily, I was also too early in my pregnancy to be exhibiting the morning sickness that was soon coming).
Lisa had called me early on Thanksgiving morning to let me know that contractions were starting. The weather was less than ideal, and we decided to get on the road to Colorado Springs sooner rather than later. By the time I arrived, Lisa and her team were pacing up and down the halls. Her contractions seemed incredibly close together and intense, but due to hospital policy, they couldn't officially check her in until she was 6 centimeters. As many midwives and nurses and doctors will tell you...a second time mom can go from 4 centimeters to 10 centimeters VERY quickly (especially if she's laboring unmedicated) and that's exactly what happened with Lisa. By the time she went back into the room, she was clearly in transition, and her sweet baby girl - Felicity - was born less than an hour later.