Elijah Nathaniel was born January 9, 2017, at 35 weeks & 6 days. Physically, Elijah was my hardest pregnancy. By January, even though it was still early, my mind & body had taken all that they could. I fought labor for several days, knowing that he was early, and trying to make it to at least 36 weeks…but Elijah had other plans.
At some point in my pain, I decided to give in to the contractions, to stop fighting. I sat on a birthing ball in my shower, I tried to rest, and contractions came & went. It was completely unlike either of my previous labors. There was no consistent pattern, I labored on my own, and I did not feel confident at all in making a decision to go to the hospital. Katy (my photographer/doula) kept asking if she needed to come and I would not give her a straight answer. Finally, I asked my neighbor (who just so happened to be a midwife) to come over. I was 7 cm & she sent me straight to the hospital.
From there Elijah basically torpedoed into the world. My Ochsner midwife fought for my birth plan as much as she safely could (since he was premature). I was able to deliver in the tub thanks to her persistence and confidence in me. Katy made it just in time to catch some amazing shots of Elijah coming earth-side! He was perfectly healthy and a champion nurser.
Elijah has been a saving grace for me, not just because he is my “rainbow baby,” my first child born after losing my second son, Cooper, but also because I have had a completely redeeming postpartum experience after struggling with severe postpartum depression with Cooper. He has brought so much joy into our family & we are so incredibly grateful for his life.
P.S. For my birth junkies who want to see more of my birth & Katy's amazing work, feel free to reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org)