Raleigh Hospital Birth | William’s Arrival

family of four, newborn baby boy in hospital

I’m not really sure where to start telling this Raleigh hospital birth story. Hannah reached out during her pregnancy to see if I was available to be her doula. She wanted birth photos, but the most important part for her was having a strong support system. As nervous as I was to step into this new role, I also felt that I had the knowledge and experience to do it. I was so excited to be part of their second baby’s birth.

Early Labor

On May 21st, Hannah texted me an update: she was 6cm at her OB appointment but wasn’t feeling any contractions! I told her that her body knew exactly what to do and that was amazing progress! We knew it wouldn’t be long before she met her son!

Early the next morning, I got the text from her that she and Sean were heading towards the hospital. Her contractions were getting intense. I should also mention that Hannah’s first birth was QUICK! We both were very aware that once things got started, I need to be ready to meet them. I decided to head her way around 6am.

mom and dad during labor in raleigh hospital
dad rubbing mom's feet during labor
mom in hospital bed during labor

Active Labor

When I walked in, I could clearly see that Sean had been a huge support and birth coach. They were working together through some intense contractions but still able to laugh and talk in between. The joy and excitement in the room was so great!

I quickly set my bag down, snapped a few laboring shots, then found my place next to Hannah. I held her hand as she worked through each contraction, taking them on one at a time. It was such an honor to be beside her, cheering her on, and reminding her that her baby is so close.

mom leaning over hospital bed during labor
mom breathing through contraction during labor
mom holding belly during labor in raleigh hospital
mom and dad hugging during labor
mom and dad laboring to meet baby boy
mom and dad holding hands during labor

As time went on, Hannah’s OB offered to break her water to get things moving. She started to get nervous that things would intensify too much if she did. We asked for a minute to talk it over. Ultimately she decided that breaking her water was the best decision for them. It was great that she took some time to make sure she felt good about it.

laboring mom in raleigh hospital
laboring mom in raleigh hospital

Second Stage of Labor – Pushing

After her water was broken, things moved quickly. She only pushed a few times and her baby boy was here!

William Lee Smith – born ON his due date, completely perfect in every way.

brand new baby boy in hospital
newborn baby right after birth in hospital
happy mom looking at newborn baby boy
dad cutting umbilical cord after birth
mom meeting newborn baby right after birth
happy mom holding baby right after birth

These moments are everything. I got to support Hannah as she powered through her labor AND I got to capture these sweet moments. This beautiful family of three is finally a family of four. There’s just nothing better – I’m so grateful for my job!

mom looking at newborn baby boy in hospital
mom kissing baby boy at raleigh hospital
baby boy snuggling mom in hospital bed
mom and dad loving newborn baby boy in hospital
baby boy holding mom's finger in hospital bed
nurse performing newborn exam at hospital
newborn baby toes at hospital
baby boy being weighed at hospital
nurse changing baby's diaper in hospital warmer
new baby boy in hospital warmer
yawning baby boy in hospital warmer
baby toes in hospital warmer
baby boy in hospital warmer
nurse holding baby boy in hospital
mom and dad kissing after birth of baby boy
mom kissing newborn baby boy in raleigh hospital
mom holding brand new baby boy
mom, grandma, and nurse looking at newborn baby boy
dad holding newborn baby boy in hospital bed
mom and dad looking at newborn baby boy
baby boy snuggling mom in hospital
proud dad holding newborn baby boy in hospital
newborn baby boy in grandma's arms
mom snuggling daughter and son in hospital
mom with two babies in hospital
lanugo on newborn baby in mom's arms
mom and daughter looking at newborn son in hospital
family of four, mom and dad and daughter looking at son
mom introducing daughter to newborn son at hospital
mom snuggling newborn baby boy
dad and daughter looking at each other
proud dad with daughter and newborn son
dad staring at newborn baby in raleigh hospital
mom staring at newborn baby in raleigh hospital
mom and baby in hospital
grandma with grandaughter and grandson

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