Surprise Gender Reveal Home Water Birth by Cherry Anne Abusmas

Photographer: CHERRY ANNE ABUSMAS

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The Birth Story of Aemilia Catalina
1:22am | 15 November 2017
Home Water Birth

Mama Trina just entered 37 weeks when actual labor kicks in but not realizing it is her "D Day" already. She managed to go to the mall for final baby stuff shopping and did daily routine in their house. But that night, as she noticed that she seems in constant contractions, she advised her birthing team already about the quick progress of untolerable pain. So we all went to her home immediately.

Christian, her husband, was so supportive the whole time. Hugging and kissing her, wiping her sweat and offering her food and water. Whispering words of love and birth affirmations to keep positivity and oxytocin flowing. It was a family-centered birth surrounded with people who whole-heartedly supported her decision to have home birth. And her first born child was able to witness the whole process of her sibling's birth.

About 2 hours after her doula and midwife assisted her, baby Millie arrived. It was a fast labor supported by the family. Everything happens on perfect place, time and moment. And what made this birth extra special was the surprise gender reveal. Trina and Christian waited until delivery day to find out the gender. Mama's reactions was so precious -- it's a baby girl! :) First born is a boy, so now having a baby girl completes their family.

Placenta and Cord : 15 minutes after birth, placenta came out. It was a semi-lotus birth. Not long after birth at home, Trina's family gathered around the new mom and lit a candle. Cord burning is beautiful in its simplicity. All you need are a few loving hands and a piece of candle. A sacred ceremony with full of happiness.

As a birth photographer, i am always moved with overjoyed moments of first time parents, successful VBAC, celebration of long-waited rainbow baby, and all other "firsts". But this birth story is so new to me. I witnessed a very unique genuine happiness of parents who had surprise gender reveal. This is what i love on my job, nothing can compare to the joy it brings to my heart.

Images above were edited with the Birth Becomes Her Lightroom FILM Collection Presets

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