Calm, Happy Homebirth in Central Oregon by Caitlin Gallivan-Gaertner

Photographer: Caitlin Gallivan-Gaertner





Olive was born on a beautiful spring day in her home in Central Oregon. She was welcomed by her parents Simon and Rebekah, and her big brother Peter. 

The midwives at Bend Birth Center arrived only a few minutes before me, and Rebekah gave birth to Olive just 30 minutes after I arrived in a birthing tub in their bedroom. This was my first birth, and I couldn't believe how incredible it was. I pulled the camera away from my face just after Rebekah gave birth to find tears streaming down my own face. 

Rebekah was incredibly strong and brave, and Simon was attentive, supportive and infinitely confident in his wife. They were both completely calm for the entire experience. My favorite part was seeing Simon's face when Olive came into the world. There's nothing like the look of absolute joy on his face.

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