A Thorold Homebirth - the Birth of Kate-Lynne

Dec 4th, 2018

I have had the pleasure of getting to know Cam over the last 9-10 months and to witness what a great mom she is to Theo and her new little one Kate-Lynne. I have also enjoyed watching Theo go from an only child to being a big brother. He has such an inquisitive mind and I like to watch him explore everything around him.

Since moving to Canada last August I only photographed one mom during her pregnancy, that is until I got Cam in front of my lens in September. It was a beautiful day and Cam looked radiant.

When I spoke to Cam about her delivery plans and she mentioned that she was planning a home birth with a midwife I got very excited for her. There is something so peaceful and comforting about delivering your baby in your own home. If you are expecting and have considered having a home birth I definitely recommend looking into it and speaking with the midwives in your areas to find out more about it.

I had been notified by Cam the morning she went into labour. She was slowly progressing and taking things easy. Later that afternoon I got a message telling me she had been checked by the midwife and was in advanced labour, so I hit the gas pedal and made my way there as fast as I could. Her labour was progressing so quickly I made it there less than an hour before baby was born!

A rare event happened during Cam’s delivery, her baby was born with a caul. This is when a baby is born covered fully or partially by the membranes of the amniotic sac. This occurs in fewer than 1 in 80,000 births. And get this, Cam was also born with a caul! How special is that?!

If you scroll up and look closely at the picture of Cam holding Kate just after she was delivered you can still see the membranes on the top and left side of her head!

“My favourite part was not even knowing she was taking the pictures! Even though I was a little pre occupied, she wasn’t intrusive or loud in presence. I loved having her there.” - Cam

Have you or anyone you know experienced a home birth? How did it go for you or them? What are your thoughts about having a baby born in a caul?