Egbers Birth Story

This week I had the honor of photographing two births! The lack of sleep is made up for by the adrenaline pumping, exciting, beautiful moments I get to witness. This was my first time working with this family and what a special way to get to know them!
Melissa’s water broke about 2:00 a.m. (a first for her since that never happened with her previous four!), and I arrived at the hospital around 7:00 a.m. to see how she was doing.

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She was a total champion mama, just beginning contractions and labor was beginning. Their 13-year-old daughter was with them and ready to witness her first birth. Of course taking some time to check Snapchat too. 😉

Her doula, midwife and husband made the perfect birth team.  Keeping close watch over her, taking her cues as to what would make her comfortable.


As labor pains picked up, Melissa decided to labor in the shower. She has had a few epidural -free births before, but this time she was passionate about going for a completely natural birth with no interventions or inductions (whoa mama!). Both her doula and midwife both felt she might be comfortable there.  She was planning on a tub, but sadly the rooms at the hospital that had tubs were all taken.  But to her surprise the shower was just what she needed, and she ended up doing almost all of her labor in the shower. Her husband, always by her side, so supportive and loving.

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Once she felt she was about ready to push, she got into bed, silent and strong and the team prepared for baby to arrive!

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The midwife allowed their daughter to suit up and be ready to help with the delivery. She was SO excited (and a tad bit nervous), but such a brave girl!

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At 2:00 p.m. Melissa began pushing, and by 2:04 their baby boy had arrived! (yes, we can all be a bit jealous)

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Welcoming Jacob Daniel Egbers at 2:04 p.m.

Everyone taking their turn peeking at his perfect little face.

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Melissa, so so proud of her daughter. What a bond they have!

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Proud Mama 🙂
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Proud daddy too. 🙂

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He weighed in at 8 lbs, 4 oz- perfectly chubby and round.
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Can we all just agree this mom is truly the most beautiful post delivery mom in the world? I mean, seriously, just stunning.

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Big sister checking out her newest little brother.
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And then quickly the room was filled with grandma, and his four siblings. Their reactions to seeing him for the first time were priceless. They were SO in love, busy oohing and ahhhing over him immediately.

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Grandma getting her first look…
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Congratulations Melissa- what a beautiful family you have! And speaking from experience, you’re going to LOVE having five!!

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