Adorable little Nathan reminded me so much of my own baby! He was born at 9lbs 3oz! I delivered a 9 pound baby through a drug free natural delivery. I have to say, although it was very painful, it was worth every second! I was determined to do a natural delivery with my last baby. I had tried natural birth with all three of my children, but wound up giving in during the transition stage. I gave in at 8cm with my first and 9cm with my second, but this last time I was determined to go all the way! For those of you interested in a natural delivery, I have to say that the secret is all in your mindset. I did lots and lots of research on natural delivery during my pregnancy. I watched lots of videos of women during a natural birth and I learned lots of techniques from just watching others. I learned how to take my mind off of my pain and take it to a different place, that’s not very easy to do and I had to learn how to do it through my pregnancy. One thing that I did for practice was the ice cube trick, here’s how… sit relaxed on the sofa and concentrate on your breathing, in one hand hold an ice cube and let it melt. Holding an ice cube is very painful, try it. You’ll learn how to breathe through the pain and you’ll learn how to take your mind to a different place. Laboring at home for as long as you can is also another good tip for a natural delivery, but don’t wait too long. We almost didn’t make it in time. When I got to the hospital I was fully dilated and ready to push. I didn’t even get admitted or even an IV until after I delivered my son. My sister explains the experience by saying it was straight out of a movie….running with a woman on a stretcher down the hospital halls while she screams “I HAVE TO PUSH… BREATHE… BREATHE… BREATHE!” It was a day I’ll never forget. A natural delivery is not for everyone, but I have to say that the experience after birth is amazing! You’ll feel wonderful and you’ll feel accomplished!
My session with Nathan took me back to the days of my baby being a newborn. There is just something about those 9 pounders that I absolutely adore! Nathan was one of my best sleepers, but mom and dad said he doesn’t do that for them at night time.
Here are a few images from Nathan’s newborn photography session. 25 blog comments will get him a free 8×10.
Posted by April Stites | Maryland Newborn Photographer