This mama’s birth story, let me tell you, was so grounding and just overall such a joy to document and be a part of.
When JaiAnn reached out to me about my model call that I launched in July, I knew right away after chatting with her over the phone that she would do absolutely amazing. We met “in person” (COVID style via zoom) and I got to know her and her mom Annie who would be attending the birth of her first grand baby.
A Week Before Baby Ailani’s Birth We Went To Elizabeth Mills Waterfront Park In Lansdowne To Capture Some Intimate Maternity Pictures Before Her Fast Approaching Due Date (Separate Blogpost For Those Images, Because They Are Just Too Gorgeous Not To Share!!)
We climbed rocks, went for a swim, tried to hide from lurking strangers and laughed our butts off and I got even more excited and grateful to be able to document this sweet mama’s birth story.
On Saturday, Jai messaged me that her contractions are intensifying and are getting closer and closer together so we met at the birth center that night. She was support by her amazing midwife Sharon of Premier Birth Center, her mama Annie, best friend (and godmama) Demara and doula Mel of Family Ways.
And let me tell you if you are on the fence about hiring a doula for your upcoming birth, look at the pictures below and book one!!! Believe me you will 100% NOT regret it!
The physical, emotional and spiritual support they provide during pregnancy birth and postpartum is immensely helpful for mama, partners and extended family. Mel supported JaiAnn beautifully through active labor and transition and was JaiAnn’s rock as she roared her baby girl earth side.
The Name Ailani Is Of Hawaiian Decent And Means “High Chief” And Let Me Tell You That She Is.
From the moment she was born, she has been a feisty little warrior. With some Meconium in the amniotic fluid, babies sometimes have a harder time transitioning right after birth if some of the fluid is aspirated. But after a few gentle rescue breaths and suctioning this little girl was as fierce as ever staring up at her mama and nursing like a champ.
This was such a gentle and supported birth with lots of reassurance, holding space and laughter (most of it thanks to grandma Annie ;)).
I hope the images do tell this story. I would love to hear from you in the comments, what was your favorite detail?