I got a text from Katie around 7:30 am on Friday, October 19th letting me know that she thinks her labor has started. Knowing that this was her third baby, that she was 42 weeks (scheduled to be induced the next day), and had a 4 hour labor last time, I knew I needed to get childcare figured out ASAP because this baby was probably coming fast. I dropped my kids off around 8:30 am at a friend’s house (thanks Cara!) and headed to the Mercy Birthing Center. I got to MBC a little after 9:00 am and after seeing Katie, knew she was close to meeting her baby. Katie labored beautifully. She was calm the entire time and post birth told me that it was her mantra, “the only way out is through” that got her through those hard contractions at the end. Everyone in the room was supportive, encouraging, and loving Katie to help her bring baby out. Baby Donix was born at 9:52 am weighing 9 lb 13oz! I was so honored to be able to capture this beautiful birth filled with so much love.
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