Birth is a beautiful, miraculous (and sometimes terrifying and confusing) time, especially for first time parents. That’s why it is so important to share all kinds of childbirth stories and photos so that mums-to-be can get an idea of just how wide the spectrum for ‘normal’ is during birth.
Nikki went into labour on the morning of February 14th. Because her first labour was 36 hours, she didn’t rush off to the hospital, preferring to wait it out at home for a while. She called Kayla, her birth photographer to let her know to get ready for action.
“A little later she decided to make her way to the hospital,” Kayla told Kidspot.
“When they kept her I decided to make my way to her since it was a 45 minute drive. Along the way her mum kept me up to date as her husband and I both raced to the hospital.
“I pull in the parking lot 45 minutes later and her mum calls me, she’s nine centimetres.”
Pictures: K. Reeder Photography
A beautiful birth
Kayla described the birth as a ‘blessing to witness’.
“The room lightened as it was time to meet her son,” she said.
“Her daughter came in for a kiss before it was time to push, it encouraged Mama, you could tell.”
Because baby Graham was lying slightly transverse, Nikki had to work very hard and the pushing stage went for over an hour. Finally, he entered the world without needing any interventions.“Mama had immediate skin-to-skin with him and Dad showered them in love,” Kayla said.
“The love and adoration and relief that he was finally here radiated through them. Graham was perfect in every way. Right down to his little cone head.”
Graham’s head during the birth. Picture: K. Reeder Photography
What is ‘head moulding’?
Moulding of a baby’s head during birth happens as the baby moves through the birth canal. Intense pressure on baby’s skull can cause the bones in their head to move and adjust to stop the baby getting stuck. This might sound (and look) a bit alarming, but it’s perfectly normal and exactly what babies’ heads are designed to do. Usually a newborn’s head will lose the ‘cone head’ shape by about six weeks.
“The moulding on Graham’s head was extra dramatic because of his position,” Kayla explained.
“His head was tilted a bit to the side so the moulding isn’t centred and it caused his mama to push for a bit longer than if he would have been in a better position.”
“Soon after birth the moulding went down and by a few days old he had a perfectly shaped head. It’s no cause for alarm or concern in this case and his birth was in no way traumatic because of it.”
Graham’s birth was perfect. Pictures: K. Reeder Photography