PiP was my fourth and last birthing experience. I really wanted to have it documented and am so very grateful to have had Tammy there to photograph every moment.
On June 23rd, I told Tammy that I was having mild contractions here and there, but that I didn’t think it was going to happen tonight. She asked if I wanted her to come over, since she could hear it in my voice, and I decided to have her come and sleep on my couch.
About a half hour later, I told Matt to set up the birth pool and that I was glad Tammy was already on her way. She arrived about midnight and soon after, I was able to get into the birth pool. I was really enjoying floating around in the water with each contraction.
At around two, I really felt like I needed to be by myself so I got out of the tub and went to lay down in my bed and cuddle with my youngest child. I slept for a good hour until contractions started picking up again and for another hour, while my little one nursed, I relaxed through each contraction and tried to sleep when I could. She will never realize how much of a help she was to me during that time.
At about four, I couldn’t stay put in bed any longer and wanted in the tub again quickly. Matt began warming the water with pots on the stove, it felt so lovely, each time he poured in a new pot.
It was six in the morning now, and I felt depleted. I felt like I couldn’t do it any longer. I was feeling discouraged because he felt stuck, like he wasn’t engaged. Matt told me that I was strong and that he knew I could do it. My eldest daughter gave me hugs and words of encouragement.
I gave a loud scream and pushed with the next contraction. Each surge brought him closer to me, as I worked with my body- to meet my son. I gave one last push and he entered gently into the water.
He was born at forty weeks, five days at 6:55a on June 24, 2014. The birth of my son was such an amazing experience. I loved having my husband and children there. Having pictures of that experience is priceless. Thank you Tammy. I will forever treasure these moments captured on film.