Baby Madilyn Maria, A Surprise at Home Birth By Megan Jolee Photography
Tell us a short version of your birth.
With my first baby, I was induced and endured a long hard labour before we got to meet our baby boy. The second time around with our new baby girl was a complete different story. Madilyn Maria was delivered by her Daddy’s strong and steady hands unexpectedly in our home on January 10, 2016. I went to bed that night feeling no different then any other night, but at 1:00 am my contractions had wokeme up, it was starting. I woke my husband up and told him the exciting news. For the next half an hour I stayed in bed and calmly tried to breath through my contractions. Once they became too intense for me to breath through, I decided to try the shower to see if that would ease them. I had been timing them, and yes they were lasting one minute, and yes they were less than five minutes apart, but they had only just started a half an hour ago. Everyone says ‘try to labour at home as long as you can, don’t go to the hospital until you can’t handle your contractions any longer’, so I headed into the shower. My husband Aaron popped his head into the bathroom and announced that since this was probably going to take a long time he was going to head downstairs and take a relaxing (yes he needed to ‘relax’) dip in our hot tub. Thankfully I told him no and gave him the job of timing my contractions while I was in the shower. After a few more minutes, things really startedto get intense and breathing through my contractions was no longer an option. Aaron suggested that maybe we should think of getting our sleeping son packed up in the car and get on our way to drop him off at a friends and then to the hospital. I agreed, turned the water off and in between contractionstried to get dressed. I got as far as my hair in a wet bun and my housecoat on before I was on the bed having to push through one of my contractions. I told Aaron to look to see what was happening down there, and to our surprise he saw her head crowning! Instantly he called 911 and requested an ambulance, but things were moving so fast that the dispatcher had to walk Aaron through a home delivery, which was exactly what happened. Three more pushes (I know I am so lucky) and out came baby Madi into her fathers loving hands and onto my chest. The ambulanceattendants arrived less than ten minutes later and checked Madi and Mummy over, both were happy and healthy.
What was the first thing you thought when you held your new baby?
Well, I was in shock a little that my husband just delivered our baby at home, but all I could think was how lucky we were that she was healthy and that there were no complications during the delivery.
What was the first day home with baby like?
Amazing! My mom was staying with us to help with the cooking, cleaning and entertaining our toddler, and I was still on a high from our crazy delivery.
What are your newborn must-have purchase items?
Lavender room spray, relaxes Mumma and puts baby to sleep and a comfy nursing chair, so that you have somewhere quiet to nurse and connect with your baby.
What postpartum advice for women getting ready to have their own newborn?
Savour every minute of your newborn baby, her smell, her cry, the way she looks into your eyes when she’s nursing, because before you know it she will be a toddler, and then you’ll really have your hands full!
Something you wish you’d known before having a new baby?
Don’t take yourself too seriously. Parenting is messy, but laughter (and a glass of wine) can cure a host of ills.
One thing that you believe is beautiful about being a mother?
Looking at your children and seeing a bit of you in them, your eyes, your hair, or your persistence.
Words about your photographer or the photo session?
Meg did such a beautiful job capturing family moments that morning and did such a fantastic job illustrating who our family is in photos.
Meg was born and raised in Southern British Columbia, Canada, and currently resides in Kamloops with her three favorite boys; her loving husband, her one year old son, & her faithful dog Forrest. She loves being outdoors, camping, biking and X country skiing. She can also be found sitting inside quilting or painting and can’t say no to a cold bowl of ice cream!
Meg has over 6 years of professional photography experience and is fortunate enough to share her passion and love with an amazing, loyal client base. Her style is natural and relaxed, focusing on capturing moments and not just photographs. Her clients appreciate her laid back attitude and her ability to help them feel comfortable in front of the camera.
Meg hopes to continue with her photography until she is old and gray, looking forward to many more photo sessions and limitless possibilities.