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Lydia’s Birth Story | Salt Lake City Birth Photographer

I was first in contact with Lydia and Ben about 4 to 5 months ago, when their doula (Beth Hardy with Hear Tones Doula) had contacted me to mention that they may be interested in hiring a birth photographer to preserve their birth story. After contacting them, they had decided to book the birth session for a due date of early December.

Lydia and Ben had decided to deliver at Wasatch Midwifery and Wellness (I mean, who WOULDN’T want to?! Have you seen their beautiful birth center?!), which is located in Holladay, Utah off of Wasatch Blvd.

 

The Morning of Labor

On the morning of December 20th, Lydia had contacted me at 6am to let me know that she would be going into the birth center at 7am. After arriving at the birth center, the sun was nearly about to rise and it was quite and calm. Lydia’s contractions were inconsistent, but ranging between 10-15 minutes apart in the beginning.

To try and get things going, Lydia and Ben decided to go on a short walk. Once back at the birth center, things started picking up.

 

Active Labor

Contractions started getting closer and closer together, until they were 1-2 minutes apart lasting 30 seconds to 1 minute. This was exhausting for lydia as she tried to progress through active labor. She labored on the bed, she spent some time on her hands and knees in the bathroom and she eventually made her way into the tub. The bathtub seemed to help her relax a bit and once things seemed to start calming down a little, she decided to get out and birth on a stool.

 

Delivery

Once to the stool, it was only a few minutes until she began to push. Lydia labored with such power and grace and her son was born just minutes later. At 8lbs and 10oz and dark hair, little Mitt was my last baby of 2019.

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