a beautiful beginning: luke timothy’s birth story.

Rachel got very well acquainted with B North Hospital before her baby was actually born. She ended up going in Friday afternoon around 2pm to start a pitocin induction. She was already over a week overdue and her doctor had some concerns and thought the best thing for both mom and baby was to get the baby out. Never mind the fact that she had just had an ultrasound that measured the baby at 10 lbs, 12 oz and she was planning a natural birth!! Well Luke was just too comfy in there because after about 6 hours of pitocin, she hadn’t made much progress at all so they decided to stop it for the night and do a cervadil drip overnight so Rachel could eat and get a good night’s rest. The plan was to start pit back up in the morning, but she ended up contracting on her own before they gave her any more and she was able to avoid it all together. She labored all day long Saturday and around 7pm I got a text from her doula and my good friend Melanie saying she was 6cm and getting transitional and to be ready to come up any time. Well I never heard from them again until around 10pm Melanie said she was getting her water broken and was still 7cm. That’s about the time I made my way up to the hospital. I was greeted in Rachel’s room by her agonizing groans, so I figured it wouldn’t be long until she was pushing. A little before midnight she began pushing, and pushing, and pushing…all the way until 5:38am when Luke Timothy finally made his grand entrance – sunny side up none the less!

What they figured out pretty quickly was that Luke was posterior & asynclitic, which made for a long, hard labor to say the least! Rachel was absolutely amazing and her determination to push him out without any drugs was astounding. Everyone in the room was praying hard that she would be able to do it and that the baby would come soon so that she could finally get some relief. Well the baby didn’t come as soon as she hoped, but thankfully he wasn’t 10 lbs either! The doctors & nurses were all preparing for what they were going to do to get his shoulders out since they thought he was going to be so big and get stuck. But, once Luke’s head was out, the rest of him slid right out with no problems whatsoever. And he weighed in at 8 lbs, 15 oz and was 21.5″ long. Still a big boy, but not that huge πŸ™‚

Rachel actually hadn’t talked to her family since she first went to the hospital, so there was nobody waiting to greet Luke when he first arrived. I think that was smart on Rachel’s part, though, because she obviously needed to cuddle her baby and rest some after the night she had before visiting with anyone. Mom, dad and baby Luke are all doing great now and I’m looking forward to seeing them next week for their newborn session πŸ™‚ Congrats again and WELL DONE RACHEL!

p.s. – this song was a special request from Rachel because it was very special to her during labor πŸ™‚

Love, Kelly

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elizabeth swafford - July 27, 2011 - 5:01 pm

what an amazing story! Rachel, he’s just perfect and what an awesome momma you are. I’m so happy for you. πŸ™‚

[…] I had the privilege of shooting this little man’s birth a couple weeks ago, and it was so nice to go back under less intense circumstances and photograph him againHe was one of the most laid babies I’ve ever photographed and that’s always a nice change for me. I think he looks like his mamma…which is not a bad thingRachel was amazing as she gave birth naturally and is an even more amazing mother. To see the birth photos & read the full storyΒ CLICK HERE. […]

Sarah Sutliffe - July 19, 2011 - 1:00 am

Amazing! Great pictures…Rachel, you rock!

Gretchen - July 15, 2011 - 8:07 pm

You are absolutely amazing! Seeing these photos made me feel like I was there for it all! I can’t wait to see you and I can’t wait to meet little Luke! Love you.

Priscilla - July 15, 2011 - 5:15 pm

Love this post and the song is perfect! Great photos Kelly! There are some classic Rachel faces in here…glad they were caught on camera πŸ™‚

Beth - July 15, 2011 - 5:02 pm

Raquel–You are BEYOND superwoman. And then you’ve got that presh little David right there beside you. He’s the Robin to your Batman. Seriously, you win on birth stories.

Erin Hull - July 15, 2011 - 4:22 pm

Way to go Rachel!! Absolutely amazing.

Linda McCoy - July 15, 2011 - 2:29 pm

This is remarkable, it made me cry! Thank you for working so hard to deliver our beautiful new grandson!

melanie - July 15, 2011 - 1:46 pm

rachel, you’re my idol. and you’re also slightly crazy. well done lady.

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