I honestly don’t even know where to begin with this beautiful birth story. I do believe the photographs will speak for themselves. Natalie labored for a long 26 hours yet had a smile on her face and a positive attitude the entire time. We laughed a lot, especially after a nurse said that laughing causes more contractions. There were several brave women next door who labored naturally and at one point Natalie exclaimed, “They sound like dinosaurs!”. We all laughed quite a bit over that statement and I assured her that those noises were normal (at least I hope so because I had a natural labor and was VERY loud). The nurses, midwives, and doctors at Vanderbilt were simply amazing. Phillip did amazing in helping Natalie through her labor and initiated a dance party to keep her spirits up (and to get the baby to come on out). When Amelie came into the world, Natalie kissed her sweet little cheek. As soon as Natalie quit kissing Amelie, she would cry and Natalie would kiss her cheek again. This had everyone in the room crying from the utter sweetness.
I could write on and on about the sweet and cherishable moments from the day, but I will let you enjoy the story yourself. Please take your time as you scroll through these photos. I hope you enjoy the story of Amelie Mercy Bernier coming into the world.