I was thrilled when Tina asked me to shoot her birth! Tina married my cousin Dave last Summer and we all knew it wouldn’t be long before they would be announcing a pregnancy. Tina’s daughter, Rose, is 9 years old so both sides of the family were definitely ready for another baby 😉 Sure enough, at Christmas, Dave’s face was beaming as he announced they would be having a baby in May!
Tina went into labor 3 weeks early and didn’t have the most pleasant birth experience with Rose, but it had been 9 years, so she really didn’t know what to expect this time around. All she knew was that she was going to try to go natural this time. Tina & Dave also decided to let the gender be a surprise, so as her due date drew closer, the excitement was extra high for everyone. We kept in touch in the weeks prior to her due date, but the baby was happy and in no hurry to come early. Well it turns out that Tina’s blood pressure all of sudden got high enough a few days before her due date that they decided to induce her. At that point, she was already 4cm and 50% effaced, so the plan was to go in at 8pm the evening of May 19th to start pitocin.
I was expecting this labor to be pretty fast considering she was already so dilated, but I also was worried about her going natural with a pitocin induction. She texted at 9:15pm saying they just started the pit and contractions were starting to come. At 11pm they broke her water and she progressed to 6cm pretty quickly. She wasn’t ready for me to come just then, but by 11:50pm Dave texted and said come on up. When I walked in the room she was 8cm and handling it like a champ – still talking and joking between contractions! Things got serious fast as she got the constant, overwhelming urge to push, and within 20 minutes of me being there, she was pushing. She literally only pushed a few times, and baby GIRL Violet Joyce was born at 1:10am weighing in at 7 lb 14 oz and 20.5″ long.
Tina did an amazing job throughout her labor and had a great team of support with Dave, her mom, the nurses, and a wonderful, calm doctor. As soon as they could, the rest of the family came in to meet the newest addition and a middle of the night champagne toast was underway. Everyone is doing great and I couldn’t be happier for you guys!