It’s hard to believe that it’s already been two months since the birth of our little Sugarbaby! (Read her introduction here.) As promised, here are the videos that we shot during labor. Finding the time to format the videos for YouTube and uploading them took a bit longer than we had anticipated. We apologize for the long wait, especially for those who had a sneaky ad pop up just when our Sugarbaby was being born, but as you will see, her arrival was a surprise for everyone in the room! Except maybe Jessica. I’ll give a brief synopsis of each video, but otherwise let them speak for themselves. I left them raw and virtually unedited (except to find a logical beginning and end for each). Enjoy!
In this first video, it’s morning and still in the early stages of labor. Jessica had checked herself and was about 4cm with a bulging bag of waters. This is pre-live-stream, so if you tuned in to watch the birth, this is previously unseen footage even for you! Dancing and singing in our living room, and the participation of our eldest, Earth Baby, contributed to make this a sweet start to a very long day.
In this second video, also, pre-live-stream, we moved to the bedroom, spent time on an exercise ball, and we try something we’ve never done before to get Sugarbaby to change her positioning: the rebozo technique.
This third video shows footage that was near the start of the live-feed. It’s a great example of the lighter side of labor, with lots of conversations and bantering going on between more serious contractions. Of utmost importance is the conversation near the end where the birth team discusses their favorite pizza.
The more serious side of labor is demonstrated in this fourth video, along with Jessica’s favorite laboring technique, sleep imitation, which was rendered extremely difficult thanks to the unusually intense hip pain Jessica experienced.
For the final installment of this five-part video experience memorializing the birth of Sugarbaby, you will see just a couple of very long contractions followed by her sudden arrival. Don’t blink, or you just might miss it. At least in this format, no one can blame it on a Captain Morgan’s or a Formula ad popping up at just the wrong moment! And you can replay it. This fifth video also includes some very ordinary footage of what it’s like in the first few minutes after a home birth, full of sweet, tired and, excited family interactions.
Our deepest gratitude to our midwife Cathy Rude, LM, CPM from Katy Birth Center in Katy, TX.; to Anna from Momma on a Mission for live blogging the labor and birth as our media rep; to Deborah Parker, our birth photographer; to Sue Potts our friend and the RN birth assistant; and to all our daughters for giving us the greatest reason to share this joy with others.
It is our hope that these videos demonstrate the natural, simple and beautiful alternative to the accepted hospital experience. It isn’t the right choice for everyone or for all births, but our home births certainly have been for us, and we wouldn’t trade that experience for anything in the world. We chose to share this birth journey and TLB with many as a way of paying it forward for all those that have shared their birth and parenting journeys with us and have inspired us along the way. If you would like to help us continue to be able to do so and to offset the expense of running TLB, you can give a donation via the donate button on the right hand side of the page but please know there is no obligation. Thank you for sharing this journey with us, it was an honor.
The Piano Man and Jessica