One of the best parts about being a birth photographer is that I get to see the strength in women. I see them gather all their strength and work through waves of contractions. I see them release their fear and welcome the surges. I see their husbands or partners in loving amazement of what their partner is capable of. And every time it is as incredible as the first but with their own story, making it so unique.
When I walked into the birth center room at UCSD I was surprised to see Becky smiling and walking around so calmly. She was able to relax while laboring by using the Hypnobirthing technique. Her husband, Tristan was there whenever she needed support and calmly waiting nearby when the pressure eased up. With being at the Birth Center in UCSD, Becky was able to labor on the bed, a birthing ball, in the tub and while standing and was also able to eat and drink which is so important in labor. The midwife, nurses, and doulas were amazing with helping Tristan support Becky throughout the whole labor, never rushing her and always full of love and encouragement. They let her birth story write itself.
Becky gave birth to a beauiful 9 lb 12 oz baby girl. After the hospital staff left, Tristan anointed his daughter who was just minutes old. After the blessing he did skin to skin holding his daughter till she was ready to nurse again. While Becky nursed, Tristan popped open a bottle of champagne that had been chilling throughout the whole labor and we all partook in a celebratory toast for the new family. It was the perfect way to celebrate baby Charis’s birth.