I know a lot of pregnant moms in Northwest Ohio, as well as birth workers, doulas, etc. Most of us plan for a natural birth, hope for an uncomplicated delivery, and a quick labor. We keep our fingers crossed, hope for the best. But sometimes we do our best but the word says “Hey, I’ve got other plans!” And that’s our first lesson in Motherhood! Expect the unexpected. In birth, everything is unpredictable! And thus, the story of Kelleigh’s “Family Friendly Cesarean.” Kelleigh and her husband, Jason, hired me to be their birth photographer, expecting beautiful photographs of the entire labor process. Kelleigh is huge into making sure every precious moment in life is documented, so she came to the right birth photographer. We worked together to discuss her hopes for her birth, and how I could help support that as a doula and birth photographer. Towards the end of her pregnancy, she discovered that her baby was actually breech (head up, butt down.) Most OB’s won’t practice a vaginal breech birth, but this OB did suggest doing an ECV- External Cephalic Version. That basically means they attempt to turn the baby from the outside, manually. It can be painful and sometimes leads to an emergency cesarean, so they gave Kelleigh an epidural and I waited on “high alert On Call” to see if I needed to come immediately. Luckily, that wasn’t necessary, but their baby was just not budging. Their outlook on their birth remained beautiful and we carried on with planning for a scheduled c-section to meet their baby. It was the most beautiful Cesarean birth, and the smiles were everywhere, all day! Kelleigh only seemed a little bit nervous and said that having that epidural for the ECV helped her know what to expect and calmed her nerves a lot. Since she really, really wanted to get as many birth photographs as possible, we made sure to talk to everyone on the hospital staff that we might possibly need to chat with in regards to getting into the operating room to get those precious first moments of life photographed. The OB, two anesthesiologists, nursing staff, etc., all were tremendously supportive in helping Kelleigh reach her birth goals. I can not speak highly enough about how much they worked with us both to make sure that her birth photography investment didn’t go to waste. It is experiences like these that I hope will show the positive side of birth, even when our perfectly laid plans didn’t quite go the way we had hoped. Birth is beautiful.
There are so many more birth photography images, that I decided to break this birth story up into two different blog posts. Stay tuned for the second half of this beautiful Gentle Cesarean, as well as the Video Fusion Slideshow that tells the story so beautifully!
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As the area’s only Doula- Birth Photographer, Ashley Short Photography is currently serving all of Northwest Ohio, Southwest Michigan, as well as the Fort Wayne Indiana area. (Including but not limited to Wauseon, Archbold, Napoleon, Bryan, Pettisville, Defiance, Whitehouse, Toledo, Delta, Swanton, Perrysburg, Maumee, Holland, Sylvania, and more.)