Thursday morning I was awaken at 3:35 am. My dear friend Tami was having contractions five minutes apart, but she wasn’t heading into the hospital yet. I got out of bed and double checked my already packed bag, brewed some coffee and woke Tilly. Tami very generously offered to let Tilly come along and observe her birth. An hour later, she was at the hospital, so we headed in as well.
Three years before I photographed Tami’s first VBAC when her daughter Abigail was born. That labor lasted over thirty hours! But she did it; she had a successful VBAC.
To lighten the mood, I helpfully added “give birth” to her plan for the day. And then kindly checked it off once she accomplished her goal.
Carolynn was Tami’s doula for Abigail’s birth and this birth as well. You may recognize her, I photographed the birth of her 11 pound 6 ounce baby back in April.
Tami was amazing. She labored naturally, utilizing the tub, her ipod, her doula and her husband.
Sweet Odin latched right on and nursed like he was born for it; which, of course, he was.
Everett and Isobel got to come right to the hospital to meet the new baby. Three year old Abigail had a cough and had to stay home.
I love, love, love this image of grandpa’s hands right next to the brand new baby.
Congratulations, Tami, Ian, Everett, Isobel and Abigail!