Tonight, we're sharing both the beautiful words and photographs of Santa Ana, CA, photographer Staci Renee. This beautiful homebirth was deeply moving on many levels, and Staci's art clearly convey the sacredness.
This was my very first birth.
Stop and think about that for a moment. Selah for a moment.
First moments are what we all seem to cherish no matter what. Our first day of school. Our first kiss. Our first best friend.
We remember our first moments because they spark in us a new sense and the beginning of understanding of ourselves and the world around us in a whole new way. We learn something new. We love in a new way. We bond and grow as people with others.
This was my first birth. Aside from the two births I’ve endured as a mother myself, this was my first birth seeing how someone else goes through the pain and the joy and the love to bring a new human being into the world.
Think about that for a moment. A new human being. When precious Baby Gideon was born just a few weeks ago in late September, the world recognized a new human being had left the sacred space of his mother’s womb and entered into the sacred space of family and community.
His sisters, Penny (6) and Olive (3), were present and engaged and in tune with Rebecca, their mother, as she labored at home quietly and peacefully with Gideon. From the start, Olive somehow knew that, just weeks before her mother found out, that her mommy would be pregnant with a baby boy.
“Mommy, we’re going to have a baby brother. He’s coming on September twenty-second,” Rebecca tells me of her daughter’s premonitions. Olive was only 1 day off with her prediction; He was born on the twenty-first.
Even more in tune was Penny. She waited patiently in her scrubs and gloves alongside Nancy Pol, midwife with South Coast Midwifery in Irvine, CA.
“She has in her mind that she’s going to catch the baby,” said her Grandmother. “We’ll see if she does.” She did. She stayed close, waiting silently, curiously, eagerly to reach out for Gideon and welcome him with loving arms. She was focused. Even more she was fearless. She knew her brother was coming and when he did she did well.
The birth of Gideon was my first birth as a newly established birth photographer. This birth amazed me and humbled me in ways that I cannot begin to describe. When I look back on these photos however, I will always remember and know how incredible, how beautiful, how fearless birth can be.
Birth should be.