The Birth of Briar Eulalie | An Indianapolis Home Birth by Lynsey Mason

Today I share a birth album with you all that is very dear to my heart. I first met Megan and her family about three years ago, to photograph their son's home birth just 8 short weeks after giving birth to my own son. I loved bonding with them and getting to know the sweet love that flowed through their country home on the west-side of Indy. When I found out that Megan was pregnant with a baby girl due late summer 2018, I was thrilled! I couldn't wait to be a part of their birth team again, in their sacred space, in that space filled with joy and love. It was awe-striking to see similarities, too, between both births. Nearly identical, in the way of birthing, sounds, sights and faces.

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Kasi's Birthing Day at IU Methodist | International Day of the Midwife by Lynsey Mason

It was the day of Summer Solstice when Kasi contacted me to let me know that her labor was further progressing. She had originally planned a home birth, but needed to be transferred to IU Methodist Hospital to be induced at 38 weeks instead. Her home birth midwife was still very much there for her, arriving when Kasi was in active labor, and staying through the birth and thereafter. It was wonderful to see her midwife and the hospital midwives working together to care for Kasi and her baby. Soon, Kasi felt the urge to push. She stood beside a tall chair and led her baby earthside with the help of one of the midwives, and up to her chest in triumphant relief. Postpartum care for Kasi and her baby afterwards was magical to watch, the dual care by each midwife was seamless. You can see for yourself just how amazing this birth story is:

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