Each birth that I get to attend leaves me on a high that just can not be described other than pure joy wrapped up in blanket of happy giggles and then sprinkled with a little exhaustion. I absolutely love that I get to witness a new little life entering the world and taking their first breathe. Not to mention hold the space and witnessing a woman go through one of the most transformative processes of her life. Two weeks ago I attended Jake and Jami's beautiful home waterbirth. This was Jami's second homebirth and her labor and delivery was simply clockwork. She checked in with me several times that day. Arranging everything on me end early allowed for a leisurely drive into Milwaukee where I got to watch the sun set on a beautiful summer day. It was peaceful, my nerves were calm and I simply said hello to the next few hours with anticipation and excitement. Jami's labor unfolded very routinely. She breathed through every contraction in rhythm. Her doula by her side the whole time as her husband Jake built and filled the birthing tub. Her midwives arrived with almost and hour to spare. They readied the tub and she slipped into the warm water just in time to deliver her beautiful baby, which she carefully lifted from the water and into her arms to say hello. The room rejoiced with oohs and aahs as Jami breathed relief through her body and love onto her baby! It was simply the best reaction to hear she had delivered another sweet boy. A baby brother for their older son to grow beside. It was not long before big brother came home and met his new baby for the first time. The room was full of love and laughter as they snuggled up and read bedtime stories before the clock even hit midnight. Newborn exam and postpartum instructions left us on the road to our own homes by 1am. Big yawns, but silly grins accompanied me home that night. Welcoming babies is just so special. I'm such a lucky photographer! Thank you Markov family for inviting me into your space. Congratulations and welcome to the world baby Tristan!
Please enjoy Tristan Birth Story, accompanied by additional photos below. Blessings ~Katie
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