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It was an unusually stormy night in Los Angeles when I made my way to this home birth. Mama’s birth team, and I, were left in awe as mama powered through contraction after contraction while lightening filled the sky and loud thunder cracked. It was so magical; so fitting. It’s as if Mother Earth was in labor right alongside her.

I’m so grateful to have had the honor to be there to document this mama’s journey. She had the most loving and supportive team…what a wonderful way to bring new life into this world!

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The sun was starting to peek it’s way out behind morning clouds as I exited the freeway. I pulled up to the hospital, grabbed my bags, and walked through the familiar hallways heading to labor and delivery. My mind flashed back to a similar moment, 2 years ago, when I made the same walk, at nearly the same time, to document this mama’s first birth. Excitement washed over me as I entered her room, knowing that an amazing journey was already unfolding.

I opened the door and there she was; breathing calmly and deeply through each contraction with her partner’s arm wrapped softly around her.

I put my bags down and watched my client as she let go of that contraction. She softened, and her presence came back to the room. We quietly chatted before her next contraction picked up, checking in with how things were going and how she was feeling.

Baby boy was making moves as mama continued to power through her labor with the support of her partner and mother. Staying mobile and listening to her body each step of the way.

And before long, an alert baby boy with a head full of hair emerged loudly telling all of us his side of the story!

Here is a glimpse of this mama’s journey bringing her second baby boy into this world.

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“Pregnancy after loss is such a special, sacred experience.”

“Chris and I found ourselves quietly savoring each day and milestone. Last fall, we unexpectedly found out we were pregnant; ironically (rather, divinely) after I declared that my body was done. 

On February 9th, I went into labor at 22 weeks. Everyone expected us to deliver within days. By the grace of God, labor was haltered after many starts and stops…for 10 weeks. These two+ months on hospital bed rest have been both challenging and amazing. Each day I went to sleep not knowing if I’d wake up pregnant….”

After 10 weeks of bed rest, their baby boy, Andrew, made his way into the world. Mama got her VBAC she hoped for, and while Andrew spent the first chunk of his life in NICU, he is now a happy and healthy 9 month old! I have loved following his mama on Instagram to watch him grow and see all of their special moments as a family. 

I was so honored to be able to document this precious time at home for them and honor their son Ethan, while holding space for their other losses as well. This little boy has a warrior for a mama, and an equally amazing dad. 

You can read more about their journey on Kristin’s blog! 

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“How far out do you book for doula services? I have a referral for you…” And right then, I knew it. I responded in all caps, “UMMM ARE YOU PREGNANT?” Paired with a heart-eyed emoji, of course.

She was, in fact, pregnant; 8 weeks and 1 day to be exact. My heart swelled with happiness. One of my dear friends was embarking on the windy road to parenthood, and I was excited to hold space for her along the way.

The months cruised along…summer turned to fall, and fall turned to winter. Before we new it, the new year was upon us! Those first two weeks of January we all anxiously waited for any signs of labor. Uncomfortable, restless nights, achey hips and back…all the usual end of pregnancy symptoms were making their appearance, but baby kept us on our toes. And then, it happened. The morning of her due date, nonetheless, cramping turned to contractions, and by late evening we were headed to the hospital. Mama listened to her body so well throughout the whole process; moving as she needed, turning inward and focusing on breathing when contractions got too intense.

In the wee hours of the following day, she brought her adorable baby girl into this world. And I totally cried. She had worked so hard and beautifully to get to this moment, and her husband lovingly supported her along the way. I was honored to be there to witness her strength, and support both her and her hubby as they became a family.

Happy 1st birthday, baby girl. You are so very loved.

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When time has marched on and you sit down to look back on this season of your life, I hope you are quick to remember the joyful moments scattered throughout each day. Like the way your toddler squished your new baby with love, not getting enough of him; counting his fingers, pointing to his nose. That tiny, button nose of his. Seeing his tiny baby body fill your partner’s hands as he swayed in the doorway.

The sleepless nights will come and go. Tantrums will be followed by belly-bursting-giggles. Sitting on the edge of the bed, holding two of your most prized possessions, you wondered how you got so lucky to be their mom.

All of those small moments add up to this big beautiful life. The one right in front of you, asking you to soak in and hold onto.

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Want to press pause right this instant and capture this time for your family? Shoot me an email and let’s get started! Lauren@laurenguilford.com

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