The beautiful Brittany Giddons, Ryder (2) and Silas (5 weeks).
Brittany is a previous project participant, you can view her previous photo and read her bio from our Austin tour stop here.
Brittany had always thought that she would have an epidural when she gave birth. In part because she found herself scared of what she saw of labor and delivery on television and the stories her friends had told about how difficult and occasionally traumatic their births had been made her wonder how she'd cope. When she and her husband conceived Ryder they decided to take Bradley Method classes as a means of learning more about pregnancy and childbirth. From the first class forward she realized she wanted to do things the Bradley way and she even hired their instructor to be her doula.
When she went into labor with Ryder her doula was attending another birth and she had to use her back up but everything worked out beautifully. Ryder was born after 18 hours of labor, only three of which were in hospital, without complication. He had a tongue tie that made nursing very painful for the first week but after they had it corrected he nursed well until he self-weaned at 15 months. She wasn't expecting him to wean so early but found a bit of freedom in it.
Brittany and her husband were discussing when the time was right to have another baby, her husband was home from work following an injury and thought the time was perfect but she wasn't quite convinced. She was feeling stressed at the possibility so they agreed to hold off only to discover that she was pregnant just a week later. She was excited but struggled to settle into her pregnancy with Silas at first.
Brittany was very sick during her first trimester of pregnancy with Silas. Her second trimester went well but she had a difficult go of things again in her third trimester. She had a lot of back pain and was often tired from chasing her toddler around. Silas was sunny side up which led to very bad back labor. She labored at home but things weren't consistent until the end when she realized she needed to get to the hospital. He arrived quickly, less than an hour after they'd arrived. Silas is breastfeeding well and things are going great.
Brittany was amazed by how different her labor and delivery were with each of her boys. With her second she assumed things would go faster, that they would be similar and that wasn't at all the case. They couldn't have been more different and in hindsight she realizes that makes perfect sense. She was in a different place with each of them and they're different babies. The transition from one to two has been very exciting and Ryder is absolutely smitten with his baby brother.
Highlighting where she was last year with Ryder was such a wonderful experience that Brittany wanted to do it again with Silas. She feels like she knows what she's doing now and wanted to capture this new, special stage of their lives. Holding this space for women and mothers to support one another and lift each other up is an amazing thing and so needed.