A Peaceful and Powerful Waterbirth at Home in Simpsonville, Kentucky by Katie Lacer
Katie Lacer is a Kentucky Birth Photographer and shared a beautiful homebirth with Birth Becomes Her. We love her use of color and detail. She captured the sweet and intimate connection of family in this stunning homebirth. This birth shows us that birth is both peaceful and powerful - full of big and small moments.
Name: Katie Lacer
After weeks of prodromal labor and a few false starts, I got a text. "Today is the day." I arrived in the early evening hours, right before the sun started to set, and settled in with this sweet family. Dinner was made, 'Pete The Cat' was read (and subsequently baptized in the birth pool), counter pressure was given, encouragement was shared, big brothers were woken up. With the roar of a fierce Momma warrior, this darling child slipped into the world at 4:20am, in the comfort of his own home, with his whole family there to welcome him.
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Leave it to a photographer's baby to be on time and born with the sunrise! This was the second birth for Madison, fellow photographer and mama to two now, a boy and a brand new baby girl. Her son, not yet two, was also present for the entire birth experience.
"I had finally bought the last of my home birth supplies and felt ready to have my baby nine days before my estimated due date. My husband went out with my daughter and after I took a much needed nap, I had a sudden burst of energy. I happily cleaned the house to my heart's content without interruption. I joked when my husband came home that Jasper now had my permission to be born. Ironically, just a few hours later while we were laying in bed, I began having some slight bleeding and cramps followed by contractions that were irregular, but gradually getting stronger.
It was the morning of the 12th of December in Winnipeg, Mb, Canada; I was asleep, when at around 4 in the morning, I got the call from Brian, Melissa's husband, that things were intensifying, and they believed this was it! and that their midwives had been called over as well. I shot right out of bed, heart racing, eyes widening immediately and a great big grin taking over my no longer groggy face. I zipped through all my things, got some clothes on, whispered to my husband that he was to be in charge on homebase that day because I had to run to a birth! One of the very best things I have to tell him nowadays - see ya Hun! I'm off to do what I love the most!
There is a strength and determination in women, one that birth photographers often bare witness to. This client brought it, and then some. Determined to birth her way, Jessica sought midwifery care 2 hours from her home since VBAC births are not supported in her community. Once she found a care provider who was supportive of her desire to have an HBAC, Jessica then used Air B’n’B to rent a beautiful little house on Vancouver Island, BC Canada in which to bring her baby earthside.