A Midwife's Fourth Birth by Jenny Gullen
Photographer: Jenny Gullen
Sam and I met just a few months ago, but we clicked immediately. She is a midwife herself, having delivered over 1000 births with Doctors Without Borders. Together, we share in our passions for birth, photography, and eco-friendly living. Sam runs a blog called Little Green Lives (www.littlegreenlives.com) where she talks about her family's adventures in waste-free living.
Baby Wren is Sam and her husband's 4th and final kiddo. Sam labored beautifully, going about her day almost as if it was just any other ordinary day. We all chatted, took a walk to a nearby park, ate some lunch and relaxed at the birth center together. Sam had a history of quick labors, so we all knew that even though things looked like they might be early - it could change in the blink of an eye! All three children were present (along with Sam's friend and her kiddo, too) and it was such a joy to watch the love and emotion in the room. The eldest daughter was such a sweet little doula to her Mama. As baby was born, the children watched with excitement and awe as their Mama gracefully birthed baby Wren. Isla (4) announced "It's a girl!" as sweet little Wren was pulled earthside by her Mama...completely covered in thick vernix. She nursed right away like a champ, and Sam just fell right into the role of Mama to 4 children, immediately. Her strength was astounding.