Hello beautiful people! I know you have just been dying for word, but I’ve been staring at my new love non-stop for 10 days now. Besides, the computer is waaay on the other side of the room and my body has needed some time off from sitting in a chair!
So, this is going to be a brief update with a more elaborate birth story and reflections to follow as time and googly eyes allow.
So. Maya Juniper Rose was born August 24th, 2009 at exactly 10am in the morning after exactly 17 hours of being in labor. Which sounds like a long time, but didn’t seem that long.
She was born at home (on purpose), in water, surrounded by the most amazing birth support team a gal could ask for. Some of ya’ll are gonna hate me, but YES it was a painless birth, with the exception of the legendary “ring of fire” and sudden arrival of Maya’s head, which did hurt, but oh-so-briefly. No, I did not experience an orgasmic birth, but a couple of the ladies on the birthing team joke that they almost had one it was such an amazing experience!
Little Miss Maya Juniper is perfect, btw. She’s pink and sweet, we’ve been breastfeeding like champions and her disposition is just so chill and charming. A Virgo with Libra Moon & Ascendant, for those who are into astrology.
Now onto what you’ve all been waiting for: PICTURES!! Two options available.
Option One: Check out this photo album of Maya Juniper Rose taken with my own camera, which I will continue to upload photos to as I take em.
Option Two: A slideshow of the entire homebirth experience by professional photographer Cristy Nielsen. (She also captured my pregnant self here.) A must watch for most everyone*, except the modest-minded amongst us, as I am in my birthday suit.
*Some notes on the slideshow: I am forever grateful to Cristy who volunteered her talents to capture these images in a tribute to the homebirth movement. As a passionate advocate of homebirth, I share this slideshow with everyone as a gift to what is possible, hopefully opening this birthing option up to you or someone you love for exploration.
These images bring up strong emotions for almost everyone. For women who have not yet birthed or have experienced their own special birth, these images are empowering and inspirational. Some women who were unable to have the birth they wanted may find these images bring up a lot of emotions. Most men have been really touched & educated about what a normal & beautiful process this can be. Some dudes who work with me or are related to me might prefer to skip the slideshow, but to their loss as there ain’t nothing more natural than a woman giving birth to a goddess!
If you need to decide if the slideshow is for you: I am naked (boobs & fanny folks), there are NO “crotch shots” as Maya was born in water, and the only blood is towards the end when viewing the placenta.
After viewing, please feel free to come back here & leave your impressions.