Tirzah’s Birth: Bellingham Birth Center

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Tirzah’s birth is the third birth I have photographed for Jessica and Jon. Their first son, Matthew, was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 during a routine ultrasound. They knew that Matthew might have a very short life. Jessica carried him to term but Matthew was stillborn. He was born surrounded by love and tears.

Less than year later, Jessica gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Asa.

Tirzah was born at Bellingham Birth Center. Birth story by Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

I was thrilled when Jessica contacted me to let me know she was pregnant again. She is such a strong woman. She chose to give birth to Tirzah at the Bellingham Birth Center.

Bellingham doula, Carolynn Slocum, supports Jessica during her labor.

Local doula, Carolynn Slocum, was once again in attendance for this birth. Carolynn and I were at both of Jessica’s previous births so it was a reunion of sorts.

Doula and husband Jon both support  Jessica during her labor.

The Bellingham Birth Center has this sling hung from the ceiling which allows the laboring woman to lean on it for support during contractions. It also makes it easy for a support person to put pressure on her back. I have seen many of my clients benefit from laboring in this position.

A family centered birth at Bellingham Birth Center. Photography by Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

And sometimes dads even benefit from using the sling.

Sifting can help get the baby into the idea position for birth. Bellingham doula, Carolynn Slocum.

Carolynn helped Jessica by using a method called sifting. A rebozo, or long piece of woven cloth, is placed under the laboring woman’s belly while the support person gently lifts up. This can offer pain relief during labor as well as help the baby maneuver into the optimal position for birth.

Mom nursing newborn baby at Bellingham Birth Center.

Tirzah was born and latched on like a champ for her first time nursing. I am always in awe of the way a baby is born and knows immediately how to nurse. Tirzah had the cutest little spiral of hair at the crown of her head.

Dad snuggles with his newborn just after birth.
Dad having skin-to-skin with newborn baby.

I will never forget when I witnessed Jon holding his firstborn son, Matthew. He cradled him just like this and told him, tears streaming down his face, just how much he loved him. I have flashed back to that moment at the birth of his two live children, Asa and Tirzah. I have such admiration for Jon and Jessica as I have watched them walk this difficult road.

Newborn baby being weighed just after birth.
Bellingham midwife, Allie Watkins of Haven Midwifery, examines newborn after her birth.

Alli Watkins, of Haven Midwifery, has been with Jon and Jessica through all three pregnancies.

Newborn exam by midwife Alli Watkins of Haven Midwifery.
Bellingham midwife, Allie Watkins of Safehaven Midwifery, examines newborn after her birth.
Bellingham midwife, Allie Watkins of Safehaven Midwifery, examines newborn after her birth.
Bellingham midwife, Allie Watkins of Safehaven Midwifery, examines newborn after her birth.
Bellingham midwife, Allie Watkins of Safehaven Midwifery, examines newborn after her birth.

Congratulations, Jessica, Jon, and Asa. I know that Tirzah is a very loved addition to your growing family.

To see more:

Asa’s Birth

Asa’s Newborn Photos

Jon and Jessica’s Family Photos

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