Fifth Baby and First Girl for Hawaii Family by Amber DeCicco

Photography: Amber DeCicco





Rory's Birth Story

Tell us a bit about yourself, and what number baby/birth you’re sharing with us.
I’m Nellie, mom to four boys and wife of a sailor. In true “are we done yet?!” fashion, we decided to go for one more because having a handful of boys sounded great! We would name him Sullivan (after the Sullivan brothers of Naval history) and that was that. We found out our 5th child was actually a girl and it’s been a wild ride since! Her name is Rory.

What are three words you would choose to describe your birth?
Eventful, calm, perfect

What did you do to prepare for your labor and birth? Did it help?
Preparing for this labor was new territory for me, even though past labors had been arduous. Prodromal labor played a role for about five weeks and it really messes with your emotions! I did prepare by reading Hypnobirthing and making affirmation cards. One card that particular card I had hanging on the wall was “This will not last forever.” It helped me during the intense parts of labor.

What do you remember the most about the birth?
Getting to deliver my baby! That was really neat.

How was your birth experience different from what you imagined it to be?
For once, in five births, it was exactly as I imagined!

How has your perspective of your birth experience with your baby changed since the birth of your first child?
My perspective of birth since my first child in 2006 has changed immensely. I went from a fear based birth in a hospital with all the interventions (aside from a c-section) to an educated, evidence based, birthing experience for every subsequent baby.

What were your immediate emotions about yourself and or your birth experience after the birth?
I kept saying (at least in my head, I don’t know if I verbalized it): “I did it!"

How would you describe your recovery?
Recovery is going great I do have to say this, because its not talked about enough: for every birth, I have the displeasure of entertaining Post Partum Anxiety. So, while I look fine and recovered, PPA is always in the background! Its important to recognize it and seek help!

Would you recommend having a natural childbirth or medicated childbirth to others?
I whole-heartedly believe that a woman should have a birth that makes her feel empowered. A natural birth makes me feel empowered, but I have several friends that were more than happy to have their epidural, gas, etc. In the end, none of us get a medal but we all get a baby!

WHY hire a birth photographer?
BECAUSE! Perspective. You’ll never have that perspective with the absolute artistic quality of a birth photographer. There is something to be said about quality and having Amber stealthily move around the room and capture life altering moments is just something special.

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