The Beauty of Home Birth

I never thought I would be the type of person who would want birth photos since I’m pretty private. But, when my lovely and talented friend Caroline of Coeur de La Photography offered to document the home birth of our little Clive, I couldn’t say no. She had taken our birth announcement photos, my maternity photos and it only seem fitting to have her bring our family photos full circle. I was so incredibly thrilled with the way she captured the spirit of the birth that I wanted to share them here at Disney Baby so that other people could see the beauty of home birth too. I hope you enjoy them!
  • The Beauty of Home Birth

    The Beauty of Home Birth

    A sneak peek into the beauty of home birth as captured by my beautiful friend Caroline of Coeur de La Photography.

  • Gearing up...

    Gearing up...

    The wall hanging in the nursery provides a bit of encouragement for the challenging moments to come.

  • A little lipstick

    A little lipstick

    In between contractions I managed to put on some makeup and a swipe of lipstick, because…priorities.

  • Prepared


    The co-sleeper and Baby Clive’s first outfit are ready and waiting for his arrival.

  • Full term

    Full term

    My swollen belly captured for a last time at 40 weeks and 4 days. My boy sure was cozy in there.

  • Bracing myself

    Bracing myself

    I braced myself during contractions by leaning on counters, beds and tables.

  • Pick your battles

    Pick your battles

    As labor progressed, each contraction felt like a little battle to win. Each time I centered myself and found my breath.

  • Checking heart tones

    Checking heart tones

    A huge benefit of a home birth is the ability to move freely without being hooked up to monitors. The midwives check fetal heart tones often though to make sure that everything is progressing safely.

  • Looking for comfort

    Looking for comfort

    My contractions were getting stronger and I started looking for different ways to ease the discomfort. Taking a shower and sitting on a birthing ball helped a little.

  • Time to fill the tub

    Time to fill the tub

    After about 10 hours of labor it was time to fill the tub. My husband accidentally set those oven mitts on fire in the process! We all had a good laugh about that.

  • Fill'er up!

    Fill'er up!

    The water will soon provide much needed relief.

  • Sweet relief

    Sweet relief

    The water helped me to breathe a sigh of relief for a bit and to get refocused on breathing through the contractions.

  • Finding humor

    Finding humor

    Even though the contractions were becoming more challenging we were still able to laugh between them…like at how funny it was that the birthing pool had a cup holder for my smoothie!

  • Pep talk

    Pep talk

    During the beginning of labor I was able to handle my contractions pretty well on my own without much encouragement. But at this point I needed a bit of a pep talk from my midwife.

  • Support


    One of my favorite things about having a home birth was the fact that I was able to have support around without feeling overwhelmed with people since they were able to spread out throughout the house. Even our German Shepherd popped in to offer her support at one point.

  • Pushing


    Some people love the pushing part of labor, but I am not one of them. I became decidedly un-zen during this 4.5 hour portion of labor and I was given plenty of encouragement when I needed it by my husband, our lovely photographer and by my midwives.

  • It will all be worth it

    It will all be worth it

    There were times during labor when I felt like I couldn’t do it anymore…times when I actually said out loud that I couldn’t do it anymore. Every part of me wanted to escape my body, but I tried my best to get re-centered and find a calm place…reminding myself that this would all be worth it.

  • Almost there

    Almost there

    After what seemed like an eternity of pushing, Clive’s head finally came out. I rested a bit while waiting for my next and (hopefully!) last contraction.

  • He's finally here!

    He's finally here!

    After 19 long hours, Clive Clarke Hartmann was born. He weight 10 pounds 8 ounces and was 23″ long – a big baby combined with a posterior presentation made the birth much longer and more challenging than with my daughter, but he was finally here!

  • Taking it in

    Taking it in

    I’m pretty sure the first thing I said was, “Does he have all his fingers and toes?”.

  • New parents...again!

    New parents...again!

    The moments immediately after birth are some of my favorite moments in life. You go from excruciating pain to complete bliss within seconds. It’s crazy and amazing.

  • Family of four

    Family of four

    Even though it was late, the grandparents woke up our daughter Fern so she could come meet her new baby brother and it was the sweetest thing I’ve ever experienced. We’re all so excited to be a family of four now!

{All photos by Caroline Dahlberg of Coeur de La Photography}
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