‘We were all shocked’: Mom’s perfect reaction to 11-pound baby born at home

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“The home birth of an 11-pound, 2-ounce baby boy was a great way to start off the year! Of course mama nor her midwives, Spokane River Midwives, were not expecting an 11-pound baby. They thought the baby might be on the bigger side, just not an 11-pounder.

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It was a cold, snowy morning when I got the call that labor was progressing well. Natalie was having consistent, strong contractions and I could hear in her voice that labor was in the active stage. I quickly gathered my gear, made a cup of coffee while my car was warming up and then made my way to her house.

When I arrived, she was standing near the birth pool laboring in a candlelit room. Soft music was playing along with essential oils diffusing. Her birth space was serene and comforting.

Shortly after, Natalie knew it was time for the birthing pool. The water was comforting as contractions grew intense.

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Laura Fifield Photography
Laura Fifield Photography
Laura Fifield Photography

After laboring in the water for a while, her body needed something different. She went into the bathroom for a few minutes to gather her thoughts and labor in different positions. Next she tried the ball, as contractions came in waves.

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Natalie wanted a family-centered home birth, having their older two children up and present for the birth.

After getting back into the birth pool she stayed for the remainder of her labor.

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After very few pushes HE was out! Baby was a surprise gender, so finding out they had another boy was so exciting!

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Laura Fifield Photography

Can you believe all his back rolls?! Isn’t he just the cutest?

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Laura Fifield Photography

Once he was out we could tell he was a little chunker! Natalie and her husband were immediately in love with their new son.

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Laura Fifield Photography

Once Simon was born, Natalie moved from where the birth pool was into the comfort of her bed. Simon started nursing right way! After time spent doing skin to skin and nursing it was time to weigh him. Imagine the surprise when her midwife announced, ‘He’s 11-pounds, 2-ouncesNatalie!’ Oh my goodness, we were all shocked!

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After the newborn exam, Natalie and Simon took a healing herbal bath.

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Laura Fifield Photography

Her Spokane home birth was so empowering. With no interventions, internal exams and no tearing, she safely delivered their 11-pound, 2-ounce baby home at home.”

Laura Fifield Photography
Laura Fifield Photography

This story was submitted to Love What Matters by Laura Fifield of Laura Fifield Photography in Spokane, Washington. Submit your story here.

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