We’re celebrating all kinds of births this week, so we’ve dubbed it BIRTH WEEK. Today we’ll be focusing on the power of home births.
I am in loooove with these photos Jaclyn of Jaclyn Michele’s Photojournal sent me from a home birth for twins that she shot last month — they’re incredible. Even more incredible is that the birth mother gave birth in the home of the parents who adopted the babies — that’s some kind of gorgeous village right there!
Photo note: Jaclyn shot these entirely in black and white film, so in this digital age your eyes may not be used to seeing photos that look like this.
A couple days leading up to the birth of these two bubs, I got a few false alarm text messages from Lindsay’s midwife, Stacia saying Lindsay was in labor. Then finally, at around 2am on the big day, I was told to get my butt over there. Lindsay was delivering in the home of the adoptive parents of the babies, which was over an hour drive from my home.
When I walked in the door, I was greeted with the sight of new daddy Mike holding his baby boy, born just moments before, to his bare chest. Surprise! From start to finish, Lindsay labored and pushed those twins out in TWO HOURS. It was awe-inspiring. Truly. This woman is incredible.
Adoptive mom Julie was absolutely beaming as she was on the floor waiting to help in catching her new daughter and didn’t stop smiling the whole time I was there. It was just so great. Lindsay was surrounded by friends and doulas and midwives and when I stood back and took in the scene of the room, the phrase that came to mind was, “It takes a village.”
Sophia and Benjamin were born on their due date weighing 6lbs 9oz and 7lbs 3oz, respectively. Both perfect and beautiful. And okay, I am a bit of a birth junkie, so when Stacia called me into the bathroom to check out the crazy fused placenta, you know I had to take a photo of that monstrous thing. You can click to view it here if you’re so inclined. It’s rad — trust me.
My heart feels so full being one of the lucky people there to experience this successful twin homebirth. I cannot wait to get back over there to photograph how much these babies have grown in just a couple months.
If you need more twin home birthing action in your life, there are more photos on Jacklyn’s blog.