Some might say we are never truly prepared for motherhood, but this series of photographs certainly proves that to be true!
Jes Hogan is a mum of six from Kansas in the US. Although her pregnancy was mostly drama-free, the birth of son Maxwell was anything but.
After experiencing some contractions, Jes went to the hospital only to find that she was just 3cm dilated. She returned home with husband Travis to continue labouring at home. The seasoned mum says she assumed she would know when it was time to go back to the hospital. “After all, this was my 6th baby. I should know these things, right?” she joked.
After she endured one long, powerful contraction, she knew things were finally progressing. “Travis, I think this is it,” she told her husband, before speeding along empty roads to the hospital in the early hours of the morning, four full days after her initial hospital visit.
“As we neared the last turn to the hospital I began screaming that the baby was coming. He honked the horn rapidly as I screamed through the contractions and he pulled quickly into the ER drive,” she says.
Hogan and her husband made it just past the second set of automatic doors in the ER. The couple’s photographer had also arrived and yelled to the hospital staff that Hogan was going to have the baby. Immediately.
“I know at this point I said something to the effect of, ‘oh god, he’s here.’ Then I started to take my pants off because I could feel my body pushing the baby’s head out.”
Her husband told her that the nurse that first reached them was supporting her baby’s head. “He still had his hands on baby’s head too, as well as my back while they laid us down. That same nurse gently removed his cord that was loosely around his neck. He arrived on the floor just inside the entrance of the emergency room at 3:38 am. Less than 5 minutes from the time my water broke at home,” she says.
These birth photos were captured by Tammy Karin of Little Leapling Photography, and they’re simply stunning.
Congratulations Jes and Travis, and welcome to the world little Maxwell!
Source: Facebook/Little Leapling Photography