A Birth Story Through My Lens : Elena
It might have been the last snow storm of the season. But of course, a baby was going to be born - storm or no storm!
Elena's dad is in the military and is finishing up training, states away. Elena's mom decided to have the baby in her hometown of La Porte, Indiana in order to give birth near the support of her family.
The birth photographer? I live about an hour and half away from La Porte Hospital. But I wasn't worried about it. This would be mom's first baby. Pshh - I'd have plenty of time. I ask moms to call or text me first when they're heading to the hospital and a second time when they've either reached 5cm or their water has broken. After the first call, I get my daughter situated and I head to the hospital after the second call. The rule of thumb is one cm for every hour - reaching a final 10 cm in order to give birth. If every baby could just know that, I'd always have at least five hours to get to the hospital, right? :D
I teach the Bible to four year olds on Tuesday mornings. This Tuesday morning, I was getting ready when I got the first text at about 7:45 am.
Hooray! It's getting close to time! Secretly, I was half expecting another text saying that it was a false alarm or that she just hadn't progressed far enough to be admitted and would be sent home. Heck, it might even be tomorrow before I have to go anywhere.
Yeah, I was driving over to Bible study when I got the text that she was already at 4 cm! Holy cow. So much for tomorrow -- sounds like it would definitely be today.
My husband works overnights and I had to wait for him to come to Bible study to pick up our daughter. So I went in and taught a Bible story :). It was about twin brothers, Jacob and Esau, and the blessing their father, Isaac, was deceived into giving. (If you want to know the rest of the story, you'll find it in Genesis 27. Now back to Elena's story.)
About an hour later, my husband whisked my daughter away and I got back in the car to head to the hospital. I got the update -- 7 cm. I. Am. Not. Going. To. Make. It. .... was what I thought. Mom had progressed 3 cm in one hour. Isn't this her first baby?? I prayed that I would remain calm and that I would safely get to the hospital before the baby arrived.
When I finally arrived just after 10 am La Porte time, I found out that mom just got an epidural. Phew. Epidurals tend to slow things down.
We had an hour before Elena would make her debut. One hour. And the only reason we had an hour was because the doctor hadn't arrived yet and the nurses were stalling. Right before mom started pushing, Grandma-to-be got dad on the phone before he boarded his flight to California ... on his way to Chicago (yeah, figure that one out :D ). It was one of the sweetest moments. Ever.
The doctor arrived and mom was such a champ. She did a great job. Less than ten pushes later (I think) - Elena arrived!! She is beautiful! Good coloring. A head full of hair. The most adorable pout-y lips you've ever seen. CUTE little fingers. She is just perfect.
It wouldn't be until 10:30 pm that night when dad would finally arrive, after delays from the snow storm, and meet his little girl. And I got to be there! Such a wonderful moment. Such s weet moments.
It was an honor to be there.
Welcome to the world, Elena!!
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Andrea photographs "Bellies, Births & Babies", specializing in birth photography in the Michiana area, on the border of Michigan and Indiana. Join her as she recounts the stories of babies and their families in our area.
Learn more about her sessions and birth coverage at HartsteinPhotography.com
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