a beautiful beginning: Liam Miles’ birth story.

Jason and I have been good friends for quite some time. When I found out he was expecting his first baby, I was thrilled for him since I knew how much he had wanted kids. Then I was even more thrilled when Liz asked me to be part of the big day. She also knew I could act as part of her support system toward her goal of going natural. Towards the end of pregnancy the doctor was concerned with the weight and size of the baby’s head. After seeing Jason and his bobblehead as a toddler, it certainly wasn’t out of the question. Because of the “giant head” threat, she went in for an induction Sunday night. She sloooowly progressed all day Monday. Then barely into the night I got the call to come up, she was 7-8cm. By that time she was exhausted, settled in with her epidural that she accepted after the pit took it’s nasty toll on her, and frustrated at the fact she was barely progressing. More hours passed and the threat of C Section was being tossed around, which after all that work, it’s the last thing a mama wants to hear. (Esp when you had planned on no interventions!) Once she was finally almost complete, the Dr had her start pushing to rid the lip of cervix left. The baby was back and forth posterior (which often causes the delay in progressing and lingering lip of cervix) and he decided forceps was the only option to clear that pubic bone. If you’ve had a posterior jerk of a baby, then you know pushing is no joke. They promised the baby all sorts of awesome things in his future, like a car! If he didn’t come out immediately, he was definitely grounded til at least one. Let me tell ya, she was thankful to have had that epi at that point, even as a spectator, I can assure you that. I did learn that forceps apply more force to the mother than baby, which is very reassuring when watching a Dr battle with the moms pubic bone to get the babe out. Though he had a rough delivery, all 8.12lbs 21 1/4″ of him is adorably squishy and handsome. Oh and by the way, his head was big. So big, it was the largest that particular nurse had ever measured! HA! Congrats you two! Ecstatic for you!!(Jason went to CCM and is a fantastic bass player. So it’s natural for them to have picked out this classical piece.)

Love, Melanie.

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luci - May 16, 2013 - 5:34 pm

gorgeous baby. i am not surprised, the parents are beautiful. you are goign to be an excellent father jason! you have always had such a beautiful soul! xo. your old friend!

a beautiful beginning: avalon luna’s birth story.

I really did not know what to expect when I arrived to Amy’s birth in the wee hours of the night because this was the first time I’ve shot a birth without meeting the mama first. This baby was Amy’s 4th (and last) child, as well as her 4th homebirth, so she decided really last minute to have the birth documented and there was no time to meet beforehand. What I arrived to was a huge, gorgeous old house with a beautiful, peaceful birthing mama & her birth team inside. You could tell this was not Amy’s first time because she was so in tune with her body and knew exactly what to do every step of the way.

She even smiled through the pain when her 17 month old who was sleeping in the next room decided to wake up and see what was going on. It was so cute to see Amy chatting with Sophia and telling her she was going to be a big sister as she labored in the tub. Once things starting getting intense, the teenagers woke up to take care of Sophia and managed to get her back to sleep right before the baby was born. Right around 5am or so, Amy stood up and calmly said her water broke. Within minutes, she let out a few loud moans and little Avalon (Ava) Luna was in her arms! Such a seamless, peaceful birth!

While the midwives prepared her herb bath & Amy’s oldest daughter made her breakfast, Amy & Dave soaked in their precious new daughter. Baby Ava weighed in at 8.4lbs and was 21″ long. Once she finished her eggs & toast, Amy enjoyed her bath and then snuggled up in bed for some well earned rest & cuddles with her new baby. Too bad every birth can’t be this easy & comfortable!

Congratulations Amy & Dave & big sibs! I’m so glad you made the last minute decision to have me there:)

Love, Kelly

Alla Bozarth - May 13, 2013 - 4:23 am

Oops, Alla can’t count! I meant six, not five, as corrected below to include Grandmother Lora and others also . . .

Dear Amy, David, Ava, Sophia, Morgan and Gabriel~
I send you the blessings of awestruck tears in harmony with your labor, Amy, your mother wisdom and father and daughter and son wisdom, in the awesome miracle you have made together~ overcome with the sheer power and beauty of this miracle, my love pours over you with tenderness and gratitude. May the life you are making and the lives you are sharing continue to be a gift to all creation and a joy to the six of you! All seven with Grandmother Lora . . . and perhaps there are fur family members, too (and will be more with Maggie as nanny dog helping the whole family), or swimmers or feather folk . . . and the trees around your house. Blessings to All.

A Birthfeast Blessing
for Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit~

May the dawn light of the East
Enlighten your intellect

May the noon light of the South
Illuminate your passion

May the soul fire of the West
Strengthen your aspirations

May the night light of the North
Star-bless your inspiration

Alla Renée Bozarth
Love’s Alchemy and
The Frequency of Light
Copyright 2013

Lyndall and Tom Johnson - May 13, 2013 - 2:36 am

CONGRATULATIONS and much love to you all and very big welcome to Avalon Luna – may her life be blessed and showered with love and light always.

Alla Bozarth - May 12, 2013 - 10:24 pm

Dear Amy, David, Ava, Sophia, Morgan and Gabriel~
I send you the blessings of awestruck tears in harmony with your labor, Amy, your mother wisdom and father and daughter and son wisdom, in the awesome miracle you have made together~ overcome with the sheer power and beauty of this miracle, my love pours over you with tenderness and gratitude. May the life you are making and the lives you are sharing continue to be a gift to all creation and a joy to the five of you!

A Birthfeast Blessing
for Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit~

May the dawn light of the East
Enlighten your intellect

May the noon light of the South
Illuminate your passion

May the soul fire of the West
Strengthen your aspirations

May the night light of the North
Star-bless your inspiration

Alla Renée Bozarth
Love’s Alchemy and
The Frequency of Light
Copyright 2013

Lora - May 12, 2013 - 12:33 am

These and the music are SO beautiful. Thankyou for taking such beautiful pictures of my newest grandchild.

Steph Goetz - May 10, 2013 - 11:36 am

I ADORE this slideshow! What a neat family. Beautiful shots. Love the last one in particular. I’ve watched it a million times!

a beautiful beginning: dominic joshua’s birth story.

On Friday, May 3rd @ 1:56pm Josh & Brooke welcomed their LONG awaited adorable baby boy and Brooke so accurately described that day as the BEST DAY EVER on her facebook announcement. I – along with countless other friends & family who have been by their side through their 8 year fertility battle – could not agree more!

Josh and Brooke are the type of couple every couple strives to be – a perfect match for each other in my opinion:)They have been together for almost 17 years – married for 10 – and have remained just a strong as ever throughout their long & trying journey to parenthood. After years and years of fertility treatments, Brooke finally got pregnant – with twins! Things were going great for the first trimester, but early in the 2nd trimester, her cervix started to fail. Despite a successful cerclage surgery, Brooke went into labor a few weeks later and there was nothing the doctors could do to stop it. She delivered her precious baby boys on Christmas Day 2011 and their world just stopped.

I honestly don’t know how- except through the grace of God – anyone recovers from such a tragedy, but they did and decided to try again. Josh did some research and discovered Dr. Arthur Haney in Chicago. Dr. Haney is one of the leading doctors in the country and one of the first doctors to ever perform transabdominal cerclage surgery with huge success rates in women who suffered multiple losses due to an incompetent cervix. Brooke was a candidate and they decided to go for it – so she went to Chicago and had the surgery in May 2012. Then a few short months later, she found out she was pregnant again! Thankfully this time, her pregnancy was textbook and resulted in the birth of beautiful, healthy BIG baby Dominic Joshua via scheduled c-section.

Unfortunately due to her cerclage, Brooke cannot delivery vaginally, but after the chunkster came out at a whopping 10.1 lbs, she was not so sad;)He was completely breech anyway, and gave the doctor a run for his money as he had to use some maneuvering skills to get him out!

Josh & Brooke ~ you guys are such an inspiration. Your perseverance, your strength, and your faith are incredible. I know God has BIG plans for you & your precious new son who is the absolute definition of perfection.

Thank you for having me there – I was so honored to spend his birthday with you guys and your families:)

Love, Kelly

Vickie Soard reel - May 7, 2013 - 2:50 pm

So very happy for you and your husband. God is faithful,praying for many more blessing to come for you and your family. Your dad is going to be the craziest grandfather ever.love Vickie,Todd and kids

Josh Williams - May 7, 2013 - 12:23 pm

Kelly, Thanks for spending the day with us to capture this moment. It was truly an amazing time for us and our family. Having such a beautiful photo record is incredibly special to us. I can’t help but go back and look at these pictures and weep every time I see them.

The weekend of Dominic’s birth was so emotional I feel like we could sleep for days. My heart was continually broken every time I got to witness one of those first mother/baby moments as the day went on. As Brooke said, it truly was the the best day ever. The image of Dominic being put in Brooke’s arms for the first time while she was still on the OR table will be with me forever.

Along with the happiness, there were still many fresh memories of our twins inside the walls of Good Samaritan Hospital. All the different rooms and hallways triggered moments I had forgotten about since we lost them that Christmas night. As difficult as it was, Dominic’s birth was a good way to go back and remember their short but incredibly significant lives.

Right before we left to go home Brooke tucked Dominic in his car seat and wrapped him in a hand knitted bright blue blanket. I didn’t think much of it until she knelt down and whispered to him that this was his brother’s blanket. Again, my heart was shattered.

We would’ve never made it to this day without the people around us. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped us along the way. It’s not often in life that you try something for 8 years and finally succeed. Our God, our family, and our friends were the things that kept us going.

These past 8 years have been quite a journey. I can’t explain to you with words how thankful I am we made the trip. Our new baby boy is sleeping by our bedside as I type this message. His little infant noises continually remind me that this is not a dream and we’re finally a family.

Donny - May 7, 2013 - 2:46 am

AMAZING people. AMAZING baby boy. So happy for them.