A January homebirth in Denver, Colorado
Molly reached out early in her second pregnancy. She'd had a challenging delivery with her son...a long and traumatic induction at 42 weeks. She knew that she wanted something different with her second baby. She wanted care that would leave her feeling empowered. She wanted to be heard and respected. And so she decided that a homebirth with a Denver midwife would be her path. She found Kathryn Raynes, one of my favorite midwives in Colorado. They bonded over the course of her pregnancy, laughing together as they both monitored what would be a very healthy and normal pregnancy. As a birth photographer, I love when I see a genuine connection between mother and her care provider. I wish that every woman had access to compassionate care.
Molly went into labor on her own. She called me on a cold January afternoon, and said, "I think it's time." I could sense hesitation in her voice. When we got there she looked at us and said, "I hope this is it...I hope I didn't make you guys come all the way out here for nothing." We assured her that this was her story, however it unfolded. We helped her get situated in the birth tub, and then Kathryn and I spent an hour downstairs, letting Molly and Derek dive into the beauty that is labor and birth. When we joined them again, it was evident that baby Zoey would be earthside soon.