Alaina and Phillip chose to give birth at Mountain Midwifery Center. This was their second baby...and Alaina, being a talented writer, communicated her hopes, fears, and emotions about this birth beautifully. I love working with fellow artists, and Alaina exuded that creative spirit from the first time we met. I knew her birth was going to be rich: rich with love, rich with family, rich with beauty. Alaina went into labor well before her due date (babies always have a way of surprising us) and I joined them at the birth center on a cold December evening. Just as I had expected, she and Phillip labored with such connection and love. Through each contraction, he was right by her side. Near transition, Alaina's mother walked into the room, and I loved seeing her two pillars of support on either side as she neared pushing.
You can read Alaina's birth story in her own words here, but I particularly love what she wrote about her birth photos:
natural birth is my favorite. it's intense, it's painful, it's transformative, and it gives you such a high. i told philip shortly after seeing these photos for the first time that this, this is what love looks like. it doesn't look like the posed photos we took for our wedding or to celebrate our engagement. it looks like this. it looks like work, hard, difficult work sometimes. it's overwhelming sometimes. it can be so intense it's scary. but what i went through for our baby, and what philip went through supporting me -- that is what love is to me.