Jessica is the photographer behind JRSD Photography (she’s also written about pre-baby body myths on Offbeat Mama). She’s also a brand new mama (as of October 8), and she shared a few of her birth photos in our Flickr pool.
“I scheduled my birth…which is weird as hell to me because I had serious, false labor grade contractions for a full month before my due date. We ended up in labor & delivery three or four times, with me having off-the-chart contractions and absolutely NOTHING ELSE going on. When I finally went in for my induction, more than a week after my due date, I was still only 1 centimeter dilated.”
“A lot of this experience sort of blends together…and 20+ hours of contractions means I don’t remember at which point I took this shot.”
“Halfway through my labor I finally started to go crazy in my bed, so they unhooked all my various medical accessories and let Mike and I walk around for an hour. We waddled around (I did most of the waddling) and took pictures in the halls.”
“We did it! Echo Luna Shirley-Donnelly was born 10/8/10 at 10:04pm. She was 8 pounds 7.5 ounces and perfect from head to toe.”