For the birth of their first baby, Carly and Tyler chose Mountain Midwifery Center, a beautiful and free-standing birth center in Denver, Colorado. I love when first-time parents decide to hire a birth photographer...so many don't make that decision, and then end up regretting it (and booking one for subsequent births). Carly wanted the whole experience captured...and wow, it was a beautiful one.
Her water had ruptured before labor started, which can sometimes make an out-of-hospital birth more challenging. Instead of induction medications, which require constant monitoring at a hospital, the midwives follow a structured "wait-and-see" approach. As long as signs of infection aren't apparent, active labor must begin within a set time frame, or else a transfer to the hospital is necessary.
Carly and Tyler tried a few things at home to encourage labor...and sure enough, they worked. I got the phonecall and I could tell that things were urgent. Not only was Carly in labor...but she was going to have this baby quicker than any of us imagined!
She arrived at the birth center already dilated to 10 centimeters, and what happened next can be seen below. What a beautiful birth (and yes, I did steal several of the songs on their labor playlist because they have amazing taste in music).