Christian ElliotBirth Photography & Video Documentary
A Home Birth Story for the Ages
With nearly 120 hours of film footage from 3 separate cameras, Nikole & Jonathan’s home birth photography (below) and videography (above) caught all the joy and love surrounding their babe’s entry into the world. Oh, and all the laughter! Because these are some seriously funny people!!!
Christian took his good, sweet time to get here. Nikole had leaked and replaced amniotic fluid since 9 a.m. on December 30th. With no babe by Day 3, the birth team began laying blame for why he hadn’t yet arrived.
Anything was possible and laughing helped to pass the time.
- Papa didn’t sing the first night.
- The photographer napped, so the baby did too.
- Midwife Michelle of Local Care Midwifery made soup, so the baby awaited her return.
Nikole’s sister Cathy even wrote “Hotel California” on Nikole’s big belly. This babe could check out any time he liked, but was he ever going to leave?
Special Delivery: In So Many Ways
Nikole chose home birth because, with flu season, her 8-year-old daughter (and three quarters, she’ll tell you) couldn’t attend a hospital birthing process. Had Nikole been in such a facility, they would have taken the baby by c-section on New Year’s Eve.
Baby Christian had other plans, and an all natural home birth allowed him to choose his own birthday — which came an entire year later.
At our passively laboring mama’s request, Michelle fully ruptured the leaking amniotic membrane on New Years Day. Hormones then kicked the process into high gear in a way that Nikole’s breast pumping, pool soaking, and pacing could not.
During an internal check, it was discovered that Nikole had a posterior cervix. Michelle had to reposition the baby to correct for this. She also dealt with shoulder dystocia. And then, in a short but frightful moment, she also performed a minor resuscitation.
A party is only as good as it’s attendees.
Nikole was a warrior throughout this entire labor. Jonathan held his wife every step of the way. Nikole’s sister Cathy rubbed her back and helped Papa fill the birthing pool 3 times. Midwife Michelle pulled out all her stops, along with her midwifery partner Jessmyn, giving the baby a mohawk while barely out of the birth canal. Big sister Ky embraced her newborn brother with open arms. And the Internet named Molly, the ever attentive birthing pup, “Doggy Doula.”
The Internet, you ask? Yes! The final throes of labor were steamed live on BirthTUBE, a 20K+ member Facebook community where 1300 moms rooted for this family, the most live viewers yet as of January 1, 2018.
Incredible, intense, and absolutely beautiful, it was intoxicating to be in the midst of so much love and teamwork. At 11:24 pm on New Year’s Day, a bouncing 9.4 oz. Eskimo boy named Christian entered into a world where his entire family (and internet fans) could receive this child with all the love and support we each had to offer. After herculean efforts and a most joyful arrival, a beautiful Super Moon shone in Troy, NY that night in his honor.
I look at your pics and see so much that I missed during the labor. I am so thankful to see everyone laughing, smiling, waiting on Christian. So amazing to have those special moments documented. You’re flipping fantastic!
I love, love, love the video. So amazing! You are truly gifted!