Father watched his baby be born from his computer with tears streaming down his cheeks.

 

 

Birth Story is written from the best friend’s point of view, Lynn Slocum, who also sat in as the birth partner.

“The unpredictability of life is a guarantee. We can protest it, we can try to challenge it… but once we accept it, its mystery often reveals our most powerful moments. The moments that teach us who we are and what we are capable of.
Birthing a child is the most significant event of one’s life. It’s also one of the most unpredictable. A family of four about to welcome a fifth while consumed by the grand feat of moving across the country might be about as unpredictable as it gets.

“Josephine, are you sure about this?”

She never did give me a confident answer. Her husband would be leaving for three months to establish a new life for them in Indiana. She would cry often and question everything. But one thing was certain… a baby was coming.

Raf left early that September with a plan to return in time for the birth.

Josephine spent those last few summer weeks preparing for the change to come. She would often tell me how unsure she was, how much she missed her husband, how exhausting it was to be home alone with the children. I found myself growing concerned for her. I worried that she might not be able to handle this; a third baby amidst a pending cross-country move with her husband away.

My phone rang late that evening.

“I need you. I need you now. The baby is coming.”

Oh no. Raf was not due home for another day. Unpredictability, you are so relentless.

One by one, we all arrived at her home. A group of women, each with a special role to fill. A kind neighbor to begin setting up for the birth, a grandmother that drove through the night to be with the children, the photographers that dropped everything, a best friend to attempt the role of a husband, a seasoned midwife with her assistant; a tribe of women… and there he was, Raf, softly glowing from a computer screen on a corner table. He smiled sweetly and calmly for her. We all knew his heart ached to be next to her, nonetheless, he maintained his gentle nature with confident words of support for his wife as her labor progressed.

I hugged her tightly. We all did. She was gracious and sighed relief as each one of us walked through the door. She believed in us, she trusted us.

With dim lights and soft music playing, she rocked gently back and forth. She took in her breath with a strength that filled the entire room.

Her children ran freely through the house, midnight giggles with the excitement of knowing a sister would soon be here. She would pause between her contractions to check on them. A mother never disconnects.

We gripped her hands, we rubbed her back, we braced her as she swayed. I reassured her; I held her. She was more important to me in those hours than anything ever was.

To watch a woman give birth is to witness a miracle. And there, in her bedroom, a baby arrived.

All concerns faded away. This woman can handle this. Just look at her. In a moment, she was revealed, with strength so immense, there remained no room for doubt.

She cradled her baby, her smile so grateful, defined with peace and contentment.

He looked on from his computer with tears streaming down his cheeks, a father once more.

Raf arrived a day later. Their reunion was simply beautiful. This family of five, unpredictably perfect.

Two weeks later, they made it to Indiana to begin their new life together.

Birth carries each of us into a new reality. It redefines what we thought could be or would be. Unpredictability is a marvel and birth shows that to us each and every time.”

Thank you for sharing,
FeaturingJosephine Corsaro
Video Created by, Garden House Films – Lily Alayne Owen: NY Wedding Filmmaker & Photographer
Photographer CreditNicole Nero Studios – New York wedding photographer
Midwives Kelly McDermott & Kristen Stano Klein with Sage-femme Midwifery
Birth Story is written from the best friend’s point of view, Lynn Slocum, who also sat in as the birth partner.

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