During the homebirth of my second child, I remember getting into the pool and could feel my daughter starting to work her way through the birth canal. There was a lot of pressure which started to transform into a burning sensation as my body opened up. I was in the birth pool on my hands and knees, staring at the ripples in the water as my husband, who was kneeling over ready to catch her, made movements that echoed throughout the pool. As I started to feel this hot, intense burning sensation my mind immediately started playing, ‘Ring of Fire’ by Johnny Cash. Moments before her head was born I kept thinking to myself, “This is it. I just have to get through this burning and I’ll be done.” Shortly after Emery slid out into her daddy’s hands and the rest is history. All of that stinging was instantly put on the back burner as I discovered my baby for the first time.
Now that I am a doula and work with many first time parents or parents delivering naturally for the first time, I often get asked, “What does crowning look and feel like?”
An anonymous client has given me permission to share these pictures with my followers. As her baby made it’s way out further with each contraction, I captured images of the process.
Amazing, isn’t it? What did crowning feel like to you? Was the pain instantly forgotten as you held your squishy newborn?
-Laney Sweet | Doula http://www.TheBirthingTree.net