photos each link to a page of birth photos. All of the pages contain
graphic birth images. It is such a gift for these women to share
their very private experiences with the world. Please honor that,
and treat these images with respect. Please do not copy them or
use them in any way without my first asking the permission of the
mothers. I was the midwife at these
births, and it is my custom to bring flowers to use in an herbal
celebration bath afterwards. That is the explanation for the flowers
in the pictures. When you get to the page of birth
photos be sure to click on the thumbnail images because in many
cases the photos have been cropped quite a bit.
These are some really good pictures of a very normal
birth in an almost fully reclined position. The mom chose to birth
this way. This birth is a good example of how the yoni stretches
without tearing or the need to cut. The father of the baby is black
which accounts for the purplish coloring. This is Anna's third baby,
all were born at home with me. The man with her in the photos is
This is a birth in a kneeling
position. Many moms choose to birth this way or on hands and knees.
Notice the little girl in my lap. This is Samantha, Nicole's daughter
who was born at home after a difficult breech delivery and was slow
to start breathing. It was so nice to hold her while she witnessed
the much easier birth of her brother. She was delighted and even
brought him a book to read right after the birth.
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are some great pictures of a baby born with out the 'water' breaking.
This is a very private family and I am especially honored to be
permitted to use these pictures.
Rebecca's first baby was born before we formally
met! She had decided in her last month to birth at home but her
labor started before our first meeting. When I arrived she was just
starting to push. I brought my teenage daughter along to help. Notice
how the baby looks at the moment of birth, before he takes his first
breath. For the record, Rebecca does not recommend a landscaping
pond for a birth tub!
Her next pregnancy was done the regular way, with
prenatals and plenty of time together first! At one point during
the labor she wanted us out of her small house and made my apprentice
and I stand on the porch for half an hour. Then she said we could
come in and she got in the tub and pushed her baby out. She was
amazingly controlled and calm during this birth. Compare her face
in the two births. The birth tub is my horse trough with the plastic