Bronx’s birth holds the record for the smoothest, most peaceful birth I’ve ever witnessed. And I must say that I’m so glad he held out for his due date until I got home from vacation so I could be there 🙂 Bridgette is a fellow photographer and was the first person to contact me about doing her birth just days after we launched our website. She was less than 10 weeks pregnant at the time, so I’ve been anticipating this birth for almost as long as she has.
Since Bridgette’s labors with her two daughters were both pretty quick, everyone was anticipating this labor to be the same way even though she was planning to go natural this time around. Even though her entire labor was technically 14 hours, I would still consider hers a fast labor considering it took her until she was 6cm, 95% effaced to even be convinced she was in actual labor. She went to her 40 week appointment around 10am and was 5cm, 80% so her doctor told her to head on over to the birthing center because he thought she was in labor. Just to get that far with relatively no pain is amazing! Things didn’t pick up much throughout the day and at one point one of the nurses thought this could be early or false labor. Then around 6:15pm she was checked at 6cm, 95% and decided to try to take a nap. While she was resting, the contractions starting getting stronger and that’s when she was finally convinced this was the real deal & told me to head up 🙂
I had about an hour drive ahead of me to get to the birthing center, and I arrived around 8pm to the scene in the first picture below. A disgustingly beautiful pregnant woman laughing & joking while she relaxed in the tub. She was 8cm then!!!!! I have never seen a woman so calm & relaxed at 8cm, so I secretly thought things were going to take awhile. I was so wrong, though! She labored so beautifully through her contractions for about an hour and then pushed him out in literally 2 minutes at 9:23pm. Everyone kept talking about how high her pain tolerance is, and they were right because you would have never known she was in as much pain as I know she was.
Bridgette’s plan all along was to have a natural water birth at the birth center where she wouldn’t have any interventions and she did just that. She and the baby were totally unplugged the entire time and that made for the most serene birth experience she could have asked for. She even caught him herself and was able to have him skin to skin within seconds! Big sisters Briella (age 9) & Brooklynne (age 7) were there the entire time and Brooklynne got to cut his cord. They were still undecided between 2 names when I left, but they all decided he looked more like a Bronx than a Beckham, so that was it! Bronx Ramsey Davis born at 9:23pm, 7.15lbs, 19″ long on his due date 8-11-11. The whole experience was so amazing to witness and I’m so happy for the joy that BD#5 is going to bring to your lives 🙂