Sadie’s Birth Gallery

Pics from Sadie's Birth!!  Thank you to our wonderful photographer, Colleen from TC Birth Photography.  I'm also grateful to my sweet midwives for looking after us when they arrived, I'm grateful to Sadie for giving me the chance to be her mama, to the LORD from whom all blessings and strength flow… and of course, to my wonderful Scott, for helping me during the birth and being here for me as we line up for another round of this crazy ride called parenting!

Please note that though these pics are relatively modest, they are birth pictures so you might see some birthday suit!  There's also a picture of Sadie's placenta.

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This is just minutes after Sadie's birth.  I realized it was unlikely that our midwives or our birth photographer would make it to the birth, and asked Scott if he had his phone nearby to get a picture.  He did have it close and was able to snap this picture about 4 minutes after Sadie arrived.  It doesn't feel like it was only 4 minutes from her birth until I sat back against the tub – it must have taken just seconds for her to start breathing well and pink up, which is when I sat back 🙂

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She latched on fairly quickly too, and nurse for quite awhile.  A good, strong latch right away!

Looking on

The midwives and our photographer have arrived!  Colleen started taking pics right away.  Our three oldest children got up when everyone started coming in – you can see them sitting on the couch 🙂

Alert babe

I love how alert Sadie is in this picture – she's checking out what's going on around her!

Hello Sadie!

Here's me checking out Sadie!  I really like this picture <3

Getting to know the world

I really like these two little pictures showing Sadie starting to explore her new world!

Water born baby

It's just so amazing to see her unfolding in the water.  Precious!!

Looking in the birth tub

Here is that moment that I love hearing about with each of my MamaBaby Birthing students – that “There You Are” moment of mama and baby connection.  (“There you are!” as originally and beautifully described by Carla Hartley)

Older siblings

My three oldest looking on at their new baby sister

There you are Mama

More exploration of her world!  You can see vernix flecks in the water!

Precious baby

Me looking on at Sadie – her feet looked so big at first, but she's grown into them a bit now 🙂

So in love

Another one of my favorites.  Falling in love with Sadie!

Loving moment

Scott thinks he looks goofy in this one but I just love it – he is such a rock for me when I'm birthing.  He says he doesn't do anything but having his quiet calm and his strong arms holding me means so much.  Even though I'm sad our photographer missed the actual birth, I wouldn't change Sadie's sweet, intimate family birth for anything!

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Looking over sweet Sadie!

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You can tell that the placenta had already separated at this point because the water color changed.

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We get to know Sadie and she explores a little more of her new home!

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Keeping her body low in the warm water so she stays cozy with me.

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Here I think she's trying to figure out if her hand works to nurse!

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Nope, this was what she's looking for!

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Scott lit the fire and the candles as we realized that Sadie's birth was getting really close.  It was such a beautiful scene for birthing!

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Waiting for a rush to help bring out the placenta.

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You can see that there's still a little work to be done, even once baby is out <3

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Back to gazing at Sadie!

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She loved nursing from the get-go!

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Breathing through another rush.

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Kathi, my midwife offers me a drink.  They always taste so good right after giving birth!!

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Back to Sadie-gazing

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I'm telling Sadie that I think we're both ready to be done and tucked in bed!

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Scott <3

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Kathi suggested that they could get out the birth stool to help the placenta come along and I immediately said I'd like that!  I really wanted to be done and I could feel that the placenta was “right there” ready to be born.  It's good that Kathi was quick because I didn't really wait to push – I just wanted it out and started working at it as soon as Sadie and I settled on the birthing stool!  Katy helped me cut Sadie's cord just after this.

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Scott holds Sadie for the first time while Kathi helps me to the bedroom.

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Corwin slept through the whole birth!!

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Another shot of the older kids – making sure they stayed out of the way a bit, thankfully!

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Kathi checking on us after we got settled into bed 😀

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So happy to be cuddled in bed with my new baby!

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Keeping her cozy.

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Kathi checks on her vitals.

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My sweet goofballs again

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Sadie back to her favorite pasttime

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Here is the “baby” side of Sadie's placenta – you can see the “Tree of Life”  It was a pretty big placenta!

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Corwin still sleeping

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Now he's starting to stir a little

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Tired mama looking over sweet Sadie.  Look at that little head!

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Curled up for more nursing!

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Sleepy boy awakens!!

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He's not too sure what's going on 😉

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Looking over the new girl again

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Cassidy went and got Honor so she could come meet her new little sister

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She's not too sure what to think!!

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Mama gazing at Sadie… again!

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She's just so fascinating to look at.  I love newborns!

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So happy to peek at her 🙂

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The kids gathering around to look at her before they head back to bed.

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Peeking at her tiny head.

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Something making the whole family smile 😀

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Corwin gives a great smile!  He loves having his little lovie on his head 😉

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Candles lit on the mantle

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Daddy talking to his girl

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Cuddling Sadie while Mama takes a needed bathroom break

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I love this one <3

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And, of course, this one!

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Back with Mama!

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She's just so sweet and perfect!

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And I'm so happy to finally meet this little person <3

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And.. tired 😉

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Kathi preparing for the newborn exam

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Checking Sadie's soft spots

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Checking her little fingers

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Sweet little Sadie face!

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I think it's interesting that you can see her lips peeling a little already

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She's not too sure what to think of all of this

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Calm and quiet

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Precious tiny head (hard to believe that came through me!)

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Looking around

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So pink!!!

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Beautiful girl Sadie!

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Time to weigh her!  She came in at 9lbs even!

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Measuring her sweet little body!

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Okay, she's fed up with this!!

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Tired mama looking on

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All dressed up with nowhere to go 😉

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Sweet little feet

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And one of my favorites – time to start the privilege of raising Sadie <3

Click here to read Sadie's birth story!

Click here to hear me tell Sadie's birth story!

About the author 

Kristen

Kristen is childbirth educator, student midwife, and a mama to 8 - all born naturally! She has spent years helping mamas have healthy babies, give birth naturally, and enjoy the adventure of motherhood. Find her on her website NaturalBirthandBabyCare.com and helping families through her online childbirth class MamaBabyBirthing.com

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