Earlier today, 11.6.2010, Victoria, Gideon, & I welcomed Esther Jubilee to our family with a planned homebirth. Esther was born at 3:45pm weighing 8lb 10oz and was 22 inches long.
After returning from lunch at my favorite sandwich shop, Mendocino Farms, we put Gideon down for his nap. About 15 minutes later Victoria’s water broke and she immediately started having contractions. We quickly called our midwife, Mary Lou O’Brien, and gave her a status update and told her we will call her when we think we need her. About 10 minutes later, after 3 very strong contractions, Victoria had me call Mary Lou back and say “HURRY!”
We all knew labor would be fast since Victoria was already 5-6cm dialated at her checkup on Thursday. We joked that maybe we can even get this whole thing done during Gideon’s naptime. Mary Lou and her assistant, Elena Vogel, arrived very quickly after our call, just before 3pm. Esther joined us at 3:45pm after a total of 90 minutes of labor. I am so proud of Victoria and how she was determined to labor and deliver completely drug free and naturally for a second time and she accomplished that. You can read about Gideon’s birth on my old blog.
Here are a few shots and some video I grabbed with my Canon 5D2 when I had a chance.
Welcome to the world baby Esther!
first time with mama
She didn’t open her eyes that much for us
getting checked out by the midwife
Gideon checking out his new sister
A bottle of Pink champange to celebrate our little girl!
A little video I put together using the few clips I shot today. You can also see the video on YouTube