When I got the call early yesterday that it was go time, I was rushing around like a madwoman! Dave was kind enough to find me some socks and put the address into my phone GPS, while I dressed and gathered my equipment. When I arrived at the house, it was full of excited family and Holly was already in active labor. It was something to behold, as she listened to her body, and with support of all these strong women in the room (mothers, midwife, and birth assistants) , brought Jeremy 2.0 into the world! Big Jeremy was an amazing support as well. It’s always so awesome to see the father be involved with the birth and lovingly support his partner in her journey.
Amy Reynolds from the Ocala Birth Center was her midwife. I have known Amy for sometime because of the LLL and her birth services in Ocala, and I was excited to get to see her in action! Often family would peek into the room to check on her or say a few words, definitely the most people I have ever seen at a birth. Holly is such a lucky woman, surrounded with plenty of love and support.
I would like to thank Holly and Jeremy for allowing me to witness their miracle yesterday, it was a powerful and bonding experience! The doula in me occasionally came out, as I would sometimes call out encouragement to her during the process, AND though you can’t tell through these photos, I was crying along with everyone in the room when Jeremy 2.0 finally made it into his mother’s waiting arms!