In October, I had the lovely Kelsey contact me. She was a week and a half away from her due date, and had decided she would love to have her home birth documented. She had made some last minute decisions, and decided to have her fifth baby at home with a midwife! I was really excited to get her call, and luckily was able to make it to Baby Caleb’s incredible birth.
I have been at a loss for words writing this post, it was such a surreal experience to say the least. I was able to observe the support, love, and overwhelming journey that took place late in the evening at Kelsey’s home. I always try to let the pictures do the talking, but this time I feel like I need to give a little background, and tell the story a little bit. I texted her the morning before she went into labor asking how she was feeling, and she said fine, but was frustrated things hadn’t started yet, she was ready! Sure enough, later that night she said to make sure I was ready to go. I had everything charged, packed, and kids tucked in bed. I was ready! Well, as ready as one can be for the unknown of a birth! I got the text that things were progressing, and I made my way over to Kelsey & Curtis’ home. The feeling in the air when I walked in was energized. Things had just started moving from the beginning stages of labor, and were getting serious. Curtis had built a fire outside for her to labor next to, which was perfect. She could cool off in the crisp air but keep a little warm by the fire. Curtis was by her side constantly, and was a perfect support. It was a bit of a full house, there were 2 amazing midwives, 2 doulas, Kelsey’s mother, her friend Rachel, and her 4 other boys! They were all rooting for her, and it was beyond incredible to watch the amount of love and support Kelsey and baby Caleb had to get them through this. I am still in awe. Kelsey struggled for hours, but powered through. She was able to go to her own place in her mind, and work through all of the pain. She was and is one strong mama! Curtis was able to catch the baby as he entered this world, and all of her boys were so excited he was here. I was so happy to document it. This is why I do what I do, so families can remember how special, and truly amazing the birth journey is.
The photos at the end are from the next day, I went back the afternoon after, and grabbed a few shots of all the family. Their boys are so darn cute!!
All images copyright of Aly Willis Photography.