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What A Home Birth Looks Like

After giving birth to my sweet daughter a little over a week ago, I’ve finally had time to process the intense experience. It was everything I’d imagined: grueling, emotional, and incredibly trying, but nothing compared to the moment our daughter was born and the peace that surrounded our home during that beautiful two-day birth.

My friend Betsy King offered to photograph the experience, and I’m so grateful for these beautiful photos below. Births are magical no matter where they take place, and I’m so thrilled to be able to share mine right here.

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    And the contractions are regular! Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Breathing through each contraction... Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    The living room sofa quickly became my new favorite place to labor. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Ken giving me comfort in the best way possible. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    With my contractions every few minutes, rest and respite was much appreciated. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    A bright spot in the day. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Just keep breathing... Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    A failed attempt to walk around. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    My rock. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    A few rounds of intense contractions. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    No rest for the weary! Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    A break. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    It's OK. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Boiling water for an herbal bath. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    The supplies! Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Resting as much as possible. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Our midwife arrives! Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    More attempted walking around. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    A nightstand full of preparation. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    More contractions. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    An achy back gets relief. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    It's a rainy birth morning! Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Loving the rain. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    More comfort. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Breathing through it. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Snack time for the marathon we're facing. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Trying to keep breathing. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    A community of hope. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Herbal bath is ready to go! Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    More laboring. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    A strong companion. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Loading up the bath. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Checking heartbeats and vitals. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Time for a bath! Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    A strong support. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Breathing through. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    My amazing team. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Waiting. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Our sweet midwife. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    A sign from above. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    So much love. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Holding and praying. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Patience. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Back rubs. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    More support. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    The love we share. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    The best back massage ever! Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    More soothing. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    A hard contraction. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Each contraction is getting stronger! Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    A husband's love. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Amazing support. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    The dream team. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    So calming. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    (This one's my favorite image of the birth.) Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Supplies! Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    A list of timed contractions from a few days prior... Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Our supportive midwife. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    A brief break for smiles. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Positive affirmations. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Chanting "soft and open." Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Focusing on the task ahead. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    A nice visit from my mother-in-law bringing good cheer (and Gatorade!). Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Calming water massage. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Break in the contractions. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Getting tougher. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Working hard. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    A team effort. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    More water massages. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Working hard in the tub. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Squats and pushes. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Breathing through. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Back relief. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    "You can do this." Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    "I can do this!" Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    A cold washcloth felt phenomenal! Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Getting harder... Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Tough contractions. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    More pushing. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Keeping things light. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Supported. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Cared for. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    More back relief. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Getting through this. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    More pushing. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Our midwife looks on. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Our amazing birth assistant. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Support and relief. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    The tub phase is almost complete! Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Getting ready to transition into the next phase of labor. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Working through a few more contractions. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    A hard one. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Gripping. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    The pushing begins! Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    "I can't do this." Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Our amazing caregivers. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    The nursery awaits. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    Support from our birth assistant. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    A hard-working husband. Photo Credit: Betsy King
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    The hardest part begins... Photo Credit: Betsy King
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