Emily and I met for coffee in Northwest Denver, and we talked about her first two births, as well as her hopes for her third. After two boys, she was finally having a little girl, and she couldn't have been more excited. Emily planned to have her baby at Baby + Co, a free-standing birth center here in Denver. It happened to be the same birth center I was receiving my prenatal care, and I was excited to capture another beautiful birth story there. When Emily went into labor, I met her and her family at the birth center. After several hours, it became evident that something was preventing labor from progressing. Her midwives wisely prescribed some therapeutic rest for Emily and we agreed to stay in touch in case labor picked up again. When labor didn't continue, Emily went in for an ultrasound and consultation with Baby + Co's partner OB practice. After seeing the ultrasound and speaking to the OB, Emily and her family knew what was best for their baby girl - a gentle and beautiful family centered cesarean.
I had the honor of joining Emily, her husband, and her mom back in the OR. Emily wore a Hudlo shirt, which allowed her to bring baby immediately to her chest. The Hudlo shirt was specifically designed for cesarean and NICU mamas: it allows baby to nestle safely inside without requiring the use of your hands. Emily's birth was just as beautiful and peaceful as I imagined it would be. I loved being at a hospital that is working so hard to make sure that ALL women get a birth that is gentle, calm, and full of love.