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My sweet little workout partner💜 Love that her older sister can do her hair!!

Did you have a pet hanging around at your birth? 😺🤰 📷: @chelsiesunde

#Repost @sacredbirthdoula “Oxytocin is a hormone that is produced in the hypothalamus region of the brain and then secreted from the pituitary gland into the blood, which travels throughout the body to produce various effects. It causes the stimulation of contractions in the uterus and also helps create the amazing flow of liquid gold!
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SO THINK ABOUT IT, if this hormone is created in our brain, then it is safe to say that our thoughts can determine how gentle our birth can be. If a mother in labor is stressed or frightened, her levels of adrenaline increases and levels of oxytocin decreases. High levels of adrenaline has a NEGATIVE impact on a woman's production of the natural pain relievers released by the body in labor, called endorphins. This all leads to a mother having more pain and less effective contractions, as adrenaline makes you ready to fight or flee danger.
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This is why I gave thanks and was so filled with LOVING thoughts while giving birth in the midst if so much discomfort ❤️🙏🏽💑👶🤗 Cheers to Birth without fear! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
#doulalife #Birthwithoutfear #homebirthbaby #waterbirthbaby #newborn #midwifery #midwife #naturalbirth #gentlebirth #empowerment #advocacy #fear #adrenaline #fightorflight #birthstory# #birthgoddess #goddesses #sacredwomb #power #unity #creator #doulas #affirmations #love #beauty #sisterhood #love #support #motherhood #oxytocin”

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Oxytocin is a hormone that is produced in the hypothalamus region of the brain and then secreted from the pituitary gland into the blood, which travels throughout the body to produce various effects. It causes the stimulation of contractions in the uterus and also helps create the amazing flow of liquid gold!
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SO THINK ABOUT IT, if this hormone is created in our brain, then it is safe to say that our thoughts can determine how gentle our birth can be. If a mother in labor is stressed or frightened, her levels of adrenaline increases and levels of oxytocin decreases. High levels of adrenaline has a NEGATIVE impact on a woman's production of the natural pain relievers released by the body in labor, called endorphins. This all leads to a mother having more pain and less effective contractions, as adrenaline makes you ready to fight or flee danger.
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This is why I gave thanks and was so filled with LOVING thoughts while giving birth in the midst if so much discomfort ❤️🙏🏽💑👶🤗 Cheers to Birth without fear! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
#doulalife #Birthwithoutfear #homebirthbaby #waterbirthbaby #newborn #midwifery #midwife #naturalbirth #gentlebirth #empowerment #advocacy #fear #adrenaline #fightorflight #birthstory# #birthgoddess #goddesses #sacredwomb #power #unity #creator #doulas #affirmations #love #beauty #sisterhood #love #support #motherhood #oxytocin

And just like that, it’s published. I had always planned to share my homebirth experience and photos but I can’t help but feel a bit anxious. This is MY experience. I don’t pass any judgement or comparison on your experience and I ask you to do the same for me. Birth is vulnerable and powerful. And so is this story. Link in bio.

My phone rang at 1130 pm, a time of night that I am usually still at my desk, under a lamp, the glow of my computer reflecting in my glasses, winding together birth stories into the small hours of the morning.
But this night, I had fallen asleep to the lullaby of breathing by my 2 & 5 year olds, embraced in the tangle of their wee, sweet limbs. I swam out of my sleep and tried to make sense of the letters on my phone and the nonsensical noise it was making. I answered to hear that a fast-birthing mama was in labor. I peeled myself out from in between the sleeping children, and from under a myriad of plastic-covered library books and dashed outside to start my frost-covered car.
Back inside to put my contacts in, grab my birth bag, and let the dog out and then in again. I called my sister to let her know that we'd be there soon; and back to the bedroom. I lifted both of my babies, who really are not babies, but big, heavy, sleepy kids out into the cold night air and into their carseats. Seat belted my birth bag. Then myself.
Faster than the frigid wind, we drove west, met my sister in the driveway and each carried a cold, confused, half-asleep kid inside. Kiss, run, don't slip. Driving east now, back past my house and further still, over the river, past homes whose chimneys puffed clouds of warm air into the winter night, and to their house.
Being a birth photographer is hard work. Especially in the middle of the night, on 2 hours of sleep when you have to depend on someone else to wake up as well, and love on your kids so you can go be with someone else's family. But there are so many reasons why I continue.
As birthing people, we deserve to see ourselves give birth. It is miraculous and awe-inspiring, and beyond our comprehension while awash in labor. Our bodies are simply, unequivocally, incredible.
But also, our babies deserve to see the depth of love they were born into.
I arrived, and went in, camera ready, and made 6 images before the midwife announced that she could see babe's beautiful hair. And moments later, with what appeared peaceful -- but underneath was nothing short of herculean effort -- this mama birthed the gorgeous baby she

Lil man is 3 months old now!!! I hate how fast time flies!
He is getting so big and way too smart! He is wearing 6-9 month clothing! 😲 I swear he already says words! He can roll over to his back when on his belly, he has found his hands and feet and always chews on his hands. He is definitely teething already!! 💖
My baby is growing up too fast!
#BabyJeremy #DamonKids #BabyNumberFive #VBACbaby #HomebirthBaby #3MonthsOld #AsBigAsA6MonthOld

Blessed to have birthed this gorgeous little lady. This girl already has so much to say. 💛✨🦁🌾
#MeadowMarleyGray

Filled with gratitude today. How can it be that you are mine?!

Keep it positive, stay mindful, soak up the good vibes only ✌🏼✨

‘You’ll spoil your baby if you don’t put her down’

I really hate that saying. It’s not true. I don’t think it’s possibly to ‘spoil’ a baby.
Paisley is a cuddle monster. She doesn’t like being on her own. She’s far more content when she’s wrapped up in someone’s arms.
Yes, this can be a little difficult at times. Especially when I’ve got two other children to look after, dinner to cook & laundry to hang up. But what’s the alternative? Leave her to cry?
Nope, no thank you. I would much rather cuddle my baby then let her cry. Even if it does force me complete things at the speed of a sloth.
Because you can’t spoil a baby!
They need love, warmth & comfort. Everything you can give, with just one hug!
#newborn #newborns #newbornphoto #newbornphotos #newbornpictures #newborngirl #newbornphotoshoot #baby #babyphotographer #babymama #newbornbabies #homebirthbaby #home #birth #homebirthmama #pregnancy #thirdtrimester

my earth day baby turned 2 yesterday! #earthday #birthday #birthdaygirl #toddler #homebirthbaby #vbac

Missing mothering infants today.
Introductions. Part two. This is after Jasper was awoken at 6am to meet a screaming Margot in the bathtub, outraged with her eviction from her cozy womb. They were both rather unimpressed.

These two grow closer every day, and it is the greatest joy and honor to watch them bloom.
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#sisters👭 #sisterhood #homebirth #homebirthbaby #mondaymorning #mondaymood #mamabird #naturalchildbirth #greenwitch #solitarymagic

Sometimes this is what #pregnantlife looks like. Messy house, messy bun, toddler asleep and taking a few minutes for self care.

I love that I can pull up an amazing yoga class online anytime or meet with the instructor online live through @blairfillingham yoga. These classes are saving my life right now. #35weeks
To check out a class: https://www.mtrnl.com/a/7336/ssZmdwNV

So our surprise “little side trip” happens to be a huge bucket list destination for me! We are here in Kelowna, BC, the town I was named after!! Have you heard the story of how I got this name and what it means? Get comfy, you know how I like to tell stories. ☺️
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My parents left the Leucadia in the early 70’s because it got “too crowded” 🙈 and headed to the Pacific Northwest. I was born at home in Elmira, Oregon delivered by my Aunt Diane, my Mom’s sister and midwife. My parents were in no rush to name me so after a week of being “baby” my Dad was getting wood from our woodshed and found a bunch of old fruit crates stacked up that said KELOWNA, BC on them. My parents had spent time picking peaches 🍑 and cherries 🍒 there while living out of their van 🚌 one Summer. My Dad ran inside and said he knew what they should name me! My Mom agreed.
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Then later, they found out what the Native American name, Kelowna, actually means, female Grizzly 🐻 Bear. 🙈 Thanks guys. 👊🏼😂
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It gets better! When we moved to the big island of Hawaii 🌺 a few years later a Hawaiian man asked me what my name was and when I told him he said, “Oh so your name is Sharon.” I was confused and told him that was my Mom’s name. That’s when we found out that the Hawaiian name (spelled a little differently) Kalona, actually means Sharon which is my Mom’s name!
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So there you have it! The story of my name. I keep snickering hearing my name said out loud, like at the airport “Kelowna, flight number... now boarding” and when we landed, “welcome to Kelowna.” Seeing my name written everywhere is funny too! And you should see the look on people’s faces when they ask what name to put on the waiting list for restaurants. 🤔
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So grateful to be here with Paul and finally see the beautiful town I’m named after! It’s known for its fruit orchards and amazing wine.🍓🍒🍷
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#kelowna #kelownabc #travelmore #homebirthbaby #hippieparents #bornathome #finallyhere #naturalbeauty #hiking🌲 #orchards #fruitlover #winecountry

Baby wrinkles | Jarelly Kailany 😍

“Una hija es uno de los regalos más maravillosos” | Jarelly

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