Image: used with permission from Little Leapling Photography
Jes spent four hours laboring in a tub at the hospital, but her contractions had started to space out. So, wanting to keep her labor and delivery intervention-free, they decided to let it progress at home. Says Jes, "We spent the following days gently encouraging the contractions, hoping to edge them on into labor. At home I was 5 cm dilated but would not move any further and contractions were uncomfortable, but never really gave me the feeling they would amount to anything more than a sleepless night."
Little did either of them know how things would unfold after that! During a particularly strong contraction, Jes felt her water break, and off they went. Travis kept his calm and stayed collected the entire time, something Jes says she is still in awe of. He got her into the car, got the bags, and drove while Jes made the necessary phone calls and texted her birth photographer, Tammy.
Once they arrived at the hospital, things went from whoa to WHOA. Travis headed inside, to get some help and let the staff know what was going on. Tammy arrived just in time, and she and Travis helped Jes through the first set of doors. Tammy yelled to the receptionist that Jes was having this baby NOW, and sure enough, just as Jes made it past the second set of doors, little Max began his exit.
By this time, luckily, an ER nurse had arrived, and together with Travis, they lowered Jes to the hospital floor. Max's head was completely out by this point, and as the nurse unwrapped the cord from his neck, she told Jes to push. Jes gave one more push, the only intentional push she says she did throughout the entire delivery, and suddenly, her baby boy was here. Max was really bruised from the incredibly fast delivery, but mama and baby boy were both perfectly fine after their exciting and unpredictable ordeal.
So many gentle hands helping mama.
SO many amazing people on hand to help this mama and her babe.
There is so much tenderness in this photo.
The staff were able to make sure she got some good skin to skin cuddles right away.
They're up in a bed now resting together.
These two will have quite the story to tell.
Everyone is healthy and happy.
Look at all the love in this room!
Joining a family full of love.
This little one is your baby sibling.
(Image: used with permission from Little Leapling Photography)