The Birth of Greyson: Bellingham Birth Center

Devon's birth at Bellingham birth center.

I arrived at the Bellingham Birth Center for Devon’s birth on a sunny afternoon to find her laboring and in good spirits while her husband worked on a cross-stitch project for their baby.

Dad working on cross-stitch while wife is in labor. Bellingham birth center.

While I have seen plenty of grandmas knit during their daughter’s labor and I’ve even been known to work on my knitting during long births, this was the first time I’ve seen a dad doing handwork during his wife’s labor.

Dad takes selfie during wife's labor. Bellingham birth center birth photography.

Jeff had his priorities straight…snapping selfie’s during his wife’s labor.

Mom eating pizza during labor at Bellingham Birth Center. Birth photography Bellingham Wa.

And Devon had her priorities in order. Eating not one, not two, but three pieces of pizza during early labor. Now that’s my kind of girl. Fuel up while you still can!

Woman laboring on birth ball at Bellingham Birth Center.
Midwife using doppler to listen to baby's heartbeat at Bellingham Birth Center.

Devon was laboring well and progressing, but slowly. Midwife Winni decided to send her home to get some rest in her own bed.

Couple laboring in tub at the Bellingham Birth Center. Little Earthling Photography.

When I was called back, two days later, it was once again a sunny afternoon and Devon was relaxing in the spacious tub at the birth center. Devon was working hard and in her birth zone, focused totally on bringing her baby earthside.

Couple laboring in tub at the Bellingham Birth Center. Little Earthling Photography.
Couple laboring in tub at the Bellingham Birth Center. Little Earthling Photography.
Birth supplies set up for birth at Bellingham Birth Center. Little Earthiling Photography.
Woman laboring at birth center. Bellingham birth photography by Little Earthling Photography.
Mother comforting daughter during labor. Woman laboring at birth center. Bellingham birth photography by Little Earthling Photography.
Woman laboring at birth center. Bellingham birth photography by Little Earthling Photography.
Woman laboring on birth ball at Bellingham Birth Center.
Woman laboring at birth center. Bellingham birth photography by Little Earthling Photography.
Husband comforting wife during labor at Bellingham Birth Center. Photography by Renee Bergeron.
Woman laboring at birth center. Bellingham birth photography by Little Earthling Photography.
Devon's labor was long...but she was a rock star. Birth photography by Little Earthling Photography.
Midwife takes Devon's vital signs during labor. Birth photos by Renee Begeron of Little Earthling Photography.
Transition can be a part of birth when women need extra support. Little Earthling Photography.
Pushing during labor. Birth photoos by Little Earthling Photography.
Pushing during labor. Birth photoos by Little Earthling Photography.
Pushing during labor. Birth photoos by Little Earthling Photography.
Pushing during labor at Bellingham Birth Center. Birth Photography by Little Earthling Photography.
Pushing during labor. Birth photoos by Little Earthling Photography.
Pushing during labor. Birth photoos by Little Earthling Photography.
Pushing during labor. Birth photoos by Little Earthling Photography.
Birth photography by Little Earthling Photography
Dad having skin-to-skin with newborn baby. Little Earthling Photography.
Dad having skin-to-skin with newborn baby. Little Earthling Photography.
Placenta in bowl at birth center. Little Earthling Photography.
Dad practicing skin-to-skin with baby after birth. Little Earthling Photography.
Newborn baby on dad's chest after birth. Little Earthling Photography.
Newborn baby minutes after birth. Renee Bergeron Little Earthling Photography
Dad taking photo of baby after birth. Little Earthling Photography.
Newborn exam just after birth. Little Earthling Photography
Natural birth at Bellingham Birth Center. Renee Bergeron Little Earthling Photography.

Devon has seven younger siblings who were all eager to see their nephew. I was so happy to be able to capture these first moments as they met the newest family member.

Natural birth at Bellingham Birth Center. Renee Bergeron Little Earthling Photography.
Natural birth at Bellingham Birth Center. Renee Bergeron Little Earthling Photography.
Natural birth at Bellingham Birth Center. Renee Bergeron Little Earthling Photography.

As the mom of a large family myself, I can’t tell you how much I loved seeing Devon’s younger brother, Conner, meeting his nephew. He walked into the birthing room, said hello to his sister, still on the bed where she gave birth, and held his tiny nephew with practiced ease. I sensed no awkwardness whatsoever from him. Connor has six younger siblings and is used to birth, breastfeeding, newborns, and diapers. He will make an amazing father some day.

Natural birth at Bellingham Birth Center. Renee Bergeron Little Earthling Photography.
Natural birth at Bellingham Birth Center. Renee Bergeron Little Earthling Photography.
Midwife shows children a placenta at Bellingham Birth Center. Renee Bergeron Little Earthling Photography.
Devon’s little sister’s were fasinated as midwife Winni explains how the placenta nourishes the baby.
Natural birth at Bellingham Birth Center. Renee Bergeron Little Earthling Photography.

Congratulations, Devon and Jeff! I can’t wait to watch your little family grow.

Click here to see Devon’s maternity photos.

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