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BIRTH OF MAIA




Mom, friend and father working through transitional labor
Birthing mom receiving labor support from her friend and baby's father while working through contractions in transitional labor. This is her first pregnancy.


Mom working during contractions
Birthing mom working through powerful contraction.


position change
Position change to take pressure off her back, relaxing during contraction. Water (amniotic bag) has already broke with spontaneous rupture. Baby's head is very low in birth canal, just inside vaginal opening.


Baby's head beginning to crown
Baby's head beginning to crown.


moving up onto couch for delivery
Birth support helping mom to move up onto couch for birth.
Baby's head is showing with lots of hair.


baby's head crowning
The baby's head is crowning, lots of hair.


midwife getting into position
The midwife getting into position for perineal support and delivery.


placing absorbant pads under the mom's behind
Placing absorbent pads under the mom's behind to protect her couch from fluids.


perineal support
Perineal support while mom is breathing her baby out.


perineal support
More perineal support and more pushing. Almost there... Mom receiving lots of encouragement and positive support from partner and friend.


baby's head is out
The baby's head is out. Checking for umbilical cord around neck. Arm popped out as head emerged.


delivery of shoulders
The baby is awake and aware with the delivery of the shoulders.


baby girl is born
Baby girl (Maia) is born. It was approximately a 6 hour labor from beginning to end. Maia weighed in at 8 lbs 4 oz. with a 9/9 Apgar score.


getting warm towels to cover baby
Getting warm towels to cover the baby and mom. Maia doing well.


Is it really over? A job well done.
Whew!! Is it really over? A Job well done.


Maia settled down, mom tired
Maia settles down and mom is beginning to feel tired.


contractions begin again
Contractions begin again to deliver the placenta.


placental separation bleeding
Placental separation begins with some bleeding. Repositioning of the mom and more pads under her bottom to catch excess blood and fluids.


delivery of the placenta
The placenta has delivered with a gush of blood. Placenta is intact and healthy looking.


cutting cord
Baby's father is cutting umbilical cord. Maia had a relatively short cord and it was not cut until after the placenta was delivered.


repositioning the mom for breastfeeding
Repositioning the mother to initiate breastfeeding.


getting baby latched on
Working on getting Maia to breastfeed.


Maia not interested yet
Maia does not appear to be hungry yet. She would rather look around and take in her environment.


A little breastfeeding support
After getting the birthing mom to take a quick shower, breastfeeding was attempted again. Midwife helping mom and baby to latch onto the breast.


Maia's first meal
Maia's first meal. Mother could almost immediately feel her uterus clamp down with the breastfeeding.


Maia feeding, Mom resting
Baby Maia is feeding and contented. Mom is clean, relaxed, and comfortable.


dad and daughter
Father and his new daughter, Maia.





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