Updated: Dec 2, 2019
This birth is such a special one for me.. Well, they all are, but this one for some different reasons. This mama and I actually studied Theater together at the University of Southern California. She was my bestie's roommate for a bit and while we were never close friends, I always appreciated her spirit and talent. After college we went on our separate ways. I honestly completely lost track of her for a time, but a few years ago, that same bestie mentioned that Stacey, like me, had become a yoga teacher and was now doing birth work! What are the odds!? So we started following eachother first on Facebook and then on IG. I loved her work and enjoyed reading her perspective on things. She lived in TX when she announced her pregnancy, but moved to Tuscon a handful of months before her due date. Well, to my complete joy and surprise she asked me to come document the birth of her first born! I could not have been more excited. Tuscon isn't such a drive for me so we figured that as a first time mom, it would work out just fine. Toward the end of her pregnancy I got to shine a little doula magic on the situation as her Tuscon-based homebirth midwife fired her for reasons that are not reasons to fire a homebirth client and Stacey was left in a lurch... Abandon her dreams of a homebirth and birth in a hospital or find a new midwife ASAP! I called around and found her some options and so all of a sudden she had a full Phoenix-based birth team coming and I knew it would be magical!
At 41 weeks and 4 days I got the call at about 6am that she was feeling crampy and that she thought that today was the day! By 6:30am she texted me to tell me that the cramps were turning into contractions and it was definitely started. At 8am we decided it was time for me to head to Tuscon. I jumped in the car with all my gear and enjoyed some peace and quiet as I made my way down to their home. When I arrived she was deep in labor-land and things were clearly progressing really well. Her amazing husband and friend/doula were already there with her and I knew that her midwife was following close behind me.
This film, which I'm very proud of does have actual moment-of-birth in it and shared with express consent by my client, but if you don't want to watch a baby being born don't watch this, simply scroll through the images instead! The Password for the Video is "Stacey"