This was my first "Off Call" birth client, as well as my first home birth. I had actually never met the Beshores before walking up to their home as mom was in labor. My midwife, Terry, texted me that morning to see if I was available for a birth she was heading to. I didn't have anything on my schedule until later in the day in the same direction as their home, so I went for it! I parked in front of their house, and was greeted outside by dad and 2 year old big sister. Coming inside, the birth pool was being set up, and mom was laboring in the kitchen. The atmosphere was fairly comfortable as she breathed through contractions. After the pool was ready (the birth team had to boil some water to get it up to the right temperature), mom got in and tried some pushing for a bit. Dad and big sister supported her from the sides. Mom got tired and was unsure of herself, so the midwife suggested she get out to go to the bathroom and she could check her if she wanted. I sat and chatted for a moment with the rest of the birth team and then went to check on mom and midwife. Mom was on the bed, and Terry was helping her realize she was actually crowning. Terry asked if she wanted to go back to the tub, but mom didn't want to move. She tried laboring on her back for a bit, with the help of dad, then tried kneeling with one leg up. After switching to a full squat, baby emerged all in one push! Normally it takes a couple more after the head is born, but this little girl came sliding out! There was a beautiful moment of inspecting baby (called the birth pause), and then mom leaned back on the bed.
I was so pleased to be at this birth because I'd had to make a very important decision that day regarding my own birth (I was 32 weeks pregnant at the time). Seeing my midwife in the midst of such a peaceful home birth inspired me to decide to have a home birth myself, when I was previously set on delivering at a birth center. It was also healing for me, because I had my son in the hospital, and my first birth photography session was also in a hospital. Seeing the calm of a home birth was uplifting, and reminded me that birth doesn't have to be something that happens to you, but rather something you have the power to achieve with the support of people who know how to keep the room calm.