Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Birth in Pictures (graphic warning)

*If you do not wish to see blood or birth, then I suggest you leave the page before you see these pictures.

I'm in the process of writing out the birth story (it's long, emotional, and taking me a while to process everything that happened) so until then, here's the actual birth in pictures. I've been documenting everything about the pregnancy and not holding anything back. The birth isn't any different.

These photos show the raw emotion and pain that was happening in the moment. And that first picture might be my fave! Everything from the pain of pushing, the happy looks on Gabe and Alena's face, to the poor midwife's assistant's face as I squeeze the life out of her hand. I also love that you can actually see my belly getting smaller as he makes his entrance into the world.

My first glimpse at his head.

Get out baby!

One final big push!
Wow, this feels weird. Here he comes!
AHH! There he is!
What a relief!
I did it!

Pure, raw, emotional pain and love.


  1. Thank you for sharing Leanne, this made me tear up. Having gone through all natural labor and birth, i understand when you say pure, raw emotional pain and love. I will forever treasure the memories of my children's births. How awesome you will have the pictures and written account to go along with the memories :)

    1. Thanks Rachel! It was definitely an experience I will never forget.

  2. Oh those pictures are BEAUTIFUL!!! Thank you for sharing them. All 4 of my children were natural births and my youngest 2 were born at home with midwives. THE greatest experiences of my life :)

    1. Thank you! I'm glad I had this experience. SO different than the other two births.

  3. Simply, so beautiful! Thank you for sharing something so personal! Pat yourself on the back, you did a great job bringing that new little blessing into this world!

    1. Thank you! Definitely proud that I did it! Not exactly how I pictured it going, but the end result is all that matters. :)


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