The stunning Coral Croom and Raleigh Rose (6 months).
Coral is an RN who works in the mother and baby unit in the hospital and she always knew that she wanted to have her baby at home. When she went in for her last annual exam with her gynecologist, and let her know she wanted to deliver at home with a midwife, her doctor told her that she shouldn't do it at her weight because she'd likely kill her baby. That was the last time Coral went to see her and when she did conceive, she found a wonderfully supportive midwife.
Coral worked nights through much of her pregnancy and dealt with "morning sickness" when she got up for work as well as in the actual morning but was otherwise very healthy throughout. She and her husband took Bradley Classes to prepare and she hired a wonderful doula who would also serve as her birth photographer. Coral was worried that she would miss labor until it was too late and joked with her midwife that she hoped her water would break so she'd have an outward sign.
Coral came home from work at 38 weeks, 5 days and threw up after eating. Soon after, her water broke just as she'd hoped. Coral's husband rested while she labored through the night on her birthing ball, she was having back labor and couldn't get comfortable lying down. She woke her husband up around 5am, her doula arrived soon after and called her midwife to join them right away. Coral had hoped to deliver in her birthing pool but couldn't get comfortable enough in there to figure out how to push so she delivered on a birthing stool at the end of her bed and brought her baby up to her belly herself.
Breastfeeding is incredibly important to Coral and she knew she'd want to work with an IBCLC if needed. When they took Raleigh in for her first pedestrian appointment they learned she was loosing a bit of weight and with the advice of an IBCLC she rented a hospital grade breast pump and began supplementing. They worked incredibly hard and Coral is thrilled that they have been able to transition to exclusively breastfeeding in the months since.
Coral feels so much accomplishment having achieved her birthing and breastfeeding goals and wanted to join in the movement of women coming together to support and celebrate one another.