This unmedicated hospital birth was just so much fun to be a part of. Samantha and Andrew’s family was all there and the room was full of laughter and excitement as they prepared to welcome their surprise baby!
When I got to the hospital, the room was full of smiling faces and Samantha was laboring quietly and chatting in between contractions. Andrew was right by her side the entire time – it was so sweet to see them work as a team. Birth stories are love stories, through and through.
Samantha decided that she’d like to take a walk and invited her sister to come with them. She was all smiles throughout her walk and took each contraction so peacefully. It was incredible to watch her labor and trust the entire process – women are amazing!
Back in the room, things seemed to be intensifying as we all knew baby was near. Samantha labored while leaning on the bed and bouncing on the birth ball. Her sweet nurse attached a wireless monitor to her belly so she would have more ability to move around the room and the hospital. I love when this is an option – it can make such a huge difference, especially when women want an unmedicated hospital birth.
After a few minutes on the ball, baby’s heart rate began to drop. Samantha’s nurse came in to direct her onto the bed and try to get it up. Samantha was clearly in transition and vocalizing through her contractions at this point. She laid on her side with an oxygen mask as her OB told her that she was fully dilated and could start pushing! I’m still amazed at how peaceful they both remained through this entire experience.
Only a few minutes later, Samantha and Andrew met their sweet baby for the very first time…IT’S A GIRL!!
Waverly Wood Parker | October 17, 2019 | 6 lbs 14 oz
The tears didn’t stop flowing after this moment. They were both so relieved to have Waverly in their arms after a few scary moments. And they couldn’t believe they had a second daughter!
After settling in and adoring their new daughter for a few sweet moments, Andrew went down to the waiting room to tell their family that they had a daughter!! They took turns coming up to meet little Waverly. It’s obvious that this precious girl will be surrounded with love her whole life.
Parker family, I’m so so happy that your girl is in your arms! Thank you for trusting me to capture such a special day in your lives!