K and J started care with me in the first trimester of their second pregnancy.  I was excited to get to work with this sweet couple for a second time.  You can read about their first birthing journey here. On New Years Eve, 6 days after K’s “estimated due date” K sent me a text around 3pm in the afternoon saying her mucus plug was coming out, followed by 90 minutes later contractions coming every 15 minutes.  Knowing how her last labor went, I felt fairly certain K would be having a baby that night or in the morning. K and J had dinner plans that they decided to keep.  K’s parents began the drive from northern Texas.  By 7pm, contractions were coming every 10 minutes. Between 9-10pm, K went out for a walk and did some curb walking.  Contractions were coming every 6 minutes, lasting 45-60 seconds.  K said they were feeling a little stronger in intensity.  After the walk, K said she was going to try and sleep.  I had a few more sporadic updates from K over the next 90 minutes, as contractions were keeping her from resting well.  A little before 11:30pm, K sent a text that said she felt that things had shifted, that she was moaning and on her hands and knees.  I didn’t get a response back so I got up and dressed while shooting J a text asking what he thought.  Considering how quick her fast birth was, I was anticipating a quicker second birth.  J responded that K said she wanted me to come. Right after midnight with the New Years fire works bright in the air, I pulled in to K’s home.  I found her on her hands and knees on the bed, moaning through contractions.  Contractions were coming every 3-4 minutes, lasting 120 seconds, and by observations I thought K would be around 8cm. Kacy 1Kacy 2 J had been filling the birth pool while I was en route.  It was about reading for K, so I encouraged her to empty her bladder before getting into the pool. K got into the birth pool in a kneeling position at 12:20am.  She alternated between sitting and kneeling for the next few contractions.  At 12:35am, K wanted to be examined.  Her cervix was 9cm dilated, 100% effaced and baby low at a +1 station.  K exclaimed, “God bless America!” after hearing her progress.  We might have all laughed! K continued to labor in a semi reclining position.  Her moans shifted, became more primal.  I grabbed for gloves in preparation, not anticipating things to take long when her body was ready to push. At 1am, K began to spontaneously push.  Things moved rapidly from there.  Things were intense.  The head began to crown at 1:03am.  I coached K to focus on me, the pressure was good.  The baby stretched the perineum, and the soon the head and rest of the body were born into J’s awaiting hands at 1:05am. Kacy 3

I think this is one of my most favorite birth pictures ever!

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I love all the emotions you can see in these pictures.  This is birth…. raw, beautiful, gentle, miraculous….

Welcome to the world Jackson, born earthside on January 1st, 2016 at 1:05am, weighing in at 7lbs 4ozs (just like big brother!), 20″ long.  It was such a blessing to be part of another birth with this sweet family again!  Big brother Joel was in such awe of his little brother. Kacy 14

Photos taken by Kat Silva Photography.