Taryn and David wanted to document everything when it came to their growing family. And so we did just that. We photographed and filmed not only their baby’s birth story but we filmed during their maternity photo session and their newborn photo session. So when I asked them if they would like to do an interview before and after the birth to share their story, their emotions, and their anticipation they were totally in. I get emotional every time I watch their birth story video so be sure to grab a tissue (or the entire box) before you watch it at the end of this blog.
Before we get to their Birth Story Video, however, I would like to share the story of their little one’s birth. I always say that even though we have a general expectation of the specifics of a baby’s birth, their actual birth is almost always unexpected. I stopped trying to predict the date and time of a child’s entrance into the world a long time ago and the arrival of the youngest Youngs and the documentation of his birth story proves my point.
During a growth scan at 39 weeks, the technician told Taryn and David they were most likely going to have to deliver that day due to the baby’s size and lack of amniotic fluid remaining. So Taryn was admitted to the Betty H. Cameron Women and Children’s Hospital and the check-in process began around 1pm. The nurse warned them that the induction process can be quite long. The nurse also reassured them that she “would be back the next morning to help deliver this baby”.
David called their doula, Hali, with Wilmington Coastal Doulas and myself at 8pm that evening. She was 2cm dilated and 70% effaced but her contractions were 2 1/2 minutes apart. For my role, 2 cm is still fairly early to arrive at the hospital but I will often go early, get establishing photos, leave, and return when the mother is around 5-7cm dilated. I do love getting these incredible images of partners providing love and affirmation to their wives. Quiet and gentle touches are often all thats needed.
At 11pm, the midwife checked Taryn who was at 3cm and 80% effaced. To help her rest between contractions, all of the lights were turned off in the room. A towel was even placed over the computer monitor to guarantee complete darkness. The midwife, the doula, the nurses, and Taryn (who is a labor doula herself) were saying that it was going to be a long night and the baby wouldn’t be here until later the next day. At this point I decided to head home for a few hours and return at 5am unless I heard otherwise. I left my equipment in the room, made sure Hali had my number to call me if Taryn progressed, and left the hospital at 11:15pm.
I had only been asleep 30 minutes when my phone rang at 12:07am. When I answered, all Hali said was that Taryn was pushing. I’ve never gotten dressed, driven, or ran so fast in my entire life. The security guard at the front desk, whom I had made friends with earlier, saw me hauling across the parking lot and was so kind as I came running in yelling “she’s pushing!” As I got to their door I could hear a baby crying. Layton was born at 12:16am, nine minutes after I got the call and five minutes before I arrived back in the labor and delivery room. I was shocked and also completely heart broken that I had not been there. But I set my own emotions aside, grabbed my cameras, and just started documenting everything. What I found out later was that EVERYONE was shocked at Layton’s fast and furious arrival.
After I had left, Taryn sought relief in the shower as she was able to stand through the contractions instead of lying down. At the end of the third contraction in the shower, she said she started feeling a lot of pressure. Hali said she would let the nurse know when she came back in the room but before the nurse had time to return, “the most intense/overpowering feeling rushed over” her as she said her body hunched over and pushed three times uncontrollably. Nurses that Taryn and David had never seen before rushed in and helped her back to bed as they called the midwife and repeatedly told her not to push. The midwife came in, laid her back on the bed, checked her, and, in complete shock she said, “lets have this baby!” As of 12:04am, Taryn was 10cm dilated and 100% effaced. WHAT?! At 12:14am the midwife broke Taryn’s water and at 12:16am their son had arrived. I’m still in complete awe of this!
Both Taryn and David are incredibly close with their families. So close that even their families are close. That night you could find both sets of grandparents and even an uncle in the waiting room anxiously awaiting the news. Not only were they ready to meet the newest family member but to learn whether it was a boy or a girl. David was given the okay to tell everyone the baby’s sex but not the name. I went ahead of him to get set up and ohmahgah I couldn’t even look at them because they wanted to know so badly. I was afraid to say anything in fear of spilling the beans. All I could do was look at the floor and smile until David came ’round the corner. And this part is a must see in the video!
I returned the next morning to photograph the family with their newest, tiniest member. And look at Taryn with her gorgeous mermaid hair! If you didn’t know it, you wouldn’t be able to tell Taryn even had a baby. She is radiant in her her new mama glow!