home birth, new life, day 1

my niece chelsea was born in my childhood bedroom the year i graduated high school. Watching my sister go through labour, in our home, supported by her husband, her family & 2 amazing midwives, was a life changing experience for me. This was years before ‘legalized’ midwifery, when pregnant women were considered radical for doing what is absolutely normal in most of the world, & when the women who were supporting them were deemed ‘not skilled enough’ to help guide them through their birth experience. It was something, at such an impressionable age, to experience the strength & determination, the inner calling & faith my sister had in herself. And to watch women, & the men who love them, empower one another.

fast forward to 4 years ago, when chelsea birthed her first baby, nila, at their home in victoria, supported by her husband, her mom, her family & 2 amazing midwives. And then to last week, when we all welcomed chelsea & bob’s 2nd child, a very sweet & healthy baby boy, birthed at home, once again surrounded by the loving care of family & skilled midwives. All such a blessing. Chelsea, you are a dynamo. Thank you for sharing your family & your birth journey with us. We love you deeply. This is a little peak into day 1, beginning about 15 minutes after our not-so-little man’s arrival…

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  • Aileen

    Oh Jenn, thank you so much for capturing this!!!!!! I am so excited for this addition to their amazing family!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra

    So Beautiful! So Much Love!
    Melts my heart! xoxoReplyCancel

  • transcendental. truly. he’s perfect in every way… absolutely beautiful frames jennifer!ReplyCancel

  • These are so beautiful! I love the feeling that is captured here.ReplyCancel

  • Wrena Holliday

    beautiful photos jen, love the black and white! i miss him already!ReplyCancel

  • As always, I get shivers and goosebumps when I look at your photos. These are so lovely Jennifer!ReplyCancel

  • Jill Gathright

    thankyou so much for sharing these photos . I felt privledged to scroll thru and enjoy these special family moments on this private family day, so thankyou for sharing.. big smiles and hugs to your whole family..ReplyCancel

  • Daniel Kirby

    Wow….this page has truly touched me. I am one of Bob’s first cousins and am just about to start the journey of marriage and I feel so sad that I am so out of touch with this beautiful family who literally shares my blood…its late at night right now but thank you for this page and what its made me feel.ReplyCancel

  • these are so beautiful Jennifer. Wow. What a beautiful beautiful family :)ReplyCancel

  • What an amazingly beautiful family. Momma looks so relaxed and beautiful and not at all like she just took on the hardest work a woman does. Thank you for sharing Jennifer, he’s a beautiful baby.ReplyCancel

  • sooooo amazing!! loved looking through these!ReplyCancel

  • Frannie

    So beautiful Jen! thank you for sharing these, we are so lucky to have such a sweet new addition to the family! Chelsea is amazing, she makes having a baby look easy :) xoxReplyCancel

  • Chelsea

    Thank you, thank you, thank you JEN!!!! These are so special, I love every one :)ReplyCancel

  • such beautiful family photos…and you wouldn’t know from some of the photos that chelsea just had a baby…a lovely family we are so furtunate to be part ofReplyCancel

  • Joanne

    Amazing!
    Your words bring back so many memories for me. I remember Linda being at the cottage with Chelsea buns when she was only a couple of days old!

    Love you all so much.ReplyCancel

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  • Shawna

    unbelievable Jennifer. You have pulled on my heartstrings and outdone yourself, once again.ReplyCancel

  • oh wow oh wow!! such incredibly beautiful moments – so precious. He is ridiculously cute!ReplyCancel

  • Yarra Vostrcil

    Jen those are amazing photos! thanks for sharing those moments, it’s so sweet that you included the little story at the beginning – it was also through your family that I realized my love for midwifery!ReplyCancel

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  • sharalin

    I don’t know how many times I’ve looked at these photos, Ni’s birth and Haydens birth photos too… so special and amazing!!! And will continue to look at them every now and again :) Your little messages at the beginning of each make me teary everytime!!! So blessed to be a part of such an amazing, loving and strong family!!! Love you Jen, Bob, Chels, Ni, and Sequoia xoxoReplyCancel

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