A Family Centered Vaginal Birth at Mercy Health in Paducah Kentucky
You’ll recognize this family from their maternity session I posted a couple of weeks ago. That big boy in the pictures, Dax, became a big brother and you can tell from the pictures, he was a proud big brother too!
Felicia was admitted to the hospital for induction so I was notified in plenty of time to arrange childcare for both Graeme and Georgia. Thankfully, Graeme was already at my moms so one of our trusted babysitters (and former nanny) came over to watch Georgia for me since Neil was at work. This was right in the middle (so we thought!) of Georgia’s bottle refusal and while we were making it work during weddings and portrait session by having someone bring her to me throughout the day, that wouldn’t work during an active birth situation. I couldn’t just step out of the labor room to nurse Georgia for 15 minutes – birth is so unpredictable, I can’t risk missing even a minute! It was Jeannie who finally got Georgia to take a bottle and I can’t thank her enough for that!
So once active labor began Laine called me in – it was time for me to head to the hospital! When I arrived, it was such a calm room – definitely not the norm but thanks for the epidural, Felicia was so collected, peaceful, and joyful! Many family members were in attendance, including their son Dax, and everyone was waiting patiently for Go Time. One of my favorite pictures from Felicia’s labor is of her and Laine each holding up an outstretched palm to indicate that she was dilated to 10! Big smiles on both of their faces – they were about to meet their second son!