I was going to title this birth "A Long Haul" because it truly was... spanning 3 days, this family had quite an eventful journey to meet their little boy. This mom hired me a couple weeks before her due-date, and I already had holiday plans to go away to Portland between Christmas and New Years, but we had faith that she would last till her January 2nd due date and I would be back by then. Well, you can't schedule birth, so on December 30th I get a call from her saying her water had broken, and although contractions were light throughout the day they didn't progress so I stayed in Portland another day. The morning of Dec. 31st, she was induced and I decided to cut our holiday short and drive home so I could hopefully still arrive in time to photograph her birth. We kept in touch as I was driving home (meanwhile I was biting my nails the whole way.) Thank goodness my back-up photographer Sharalee Prang had my back and as we were driving through Seattle, she let me know she was on her way to the hospital since mom was 6 cm. To cut a long story very short, I arrived at the hospital Dec. 31st at 7:30pm and at 1:30am on January 1st mom was 9cm and no longer progressing... so after 3 days of labour, this mama delivered her baby via c-section. He was beautiful and healthy but because he had a fever and had fetal distress from such a long labour, he was transferred to the NICU. Mama got to join him soon after:)
Happy New Year and thank you so much to Sharalee for helping me out in a tight situation. I'm glad I was able to make it since witnessing this mama in action was incredibly inspiring! (All births are inspiring, but this mama was the most positive person in hard circumstance I have met yet) Congratulations to a beautiful new family of 3 in 2013!