This is Levi’s birth story as captured by the lovely Amelia Hambrook, who also happens to be the mama behind our little potami’s newborn photos.
Note: Stick around till the 8 minute mark for a little peek into our first few days as a family of five. ♥
For those of you who read Levi’s birth story, you may be wondering a few things:
1. Were these images captured during the difficult “early labor” I described? Yes and no. Some of the footage was shot during a short break when my labor lightened up, while some of it was shot through some of the most difficult parts. Which parts are which? It’s hard to tell. My husband says I should learn to play poker with a face like mine. The contractions during much of my early early labor were incredibly uncomfortable – too uncomfortable to talk through – but I process pain internally so it’s not super obvious. Seriously, I was in transition with people sitting right next to me and no one realized it!
In other words, scene of me eating in the kitchen = Light labor
Scene of Katiepotamus and Daddypotamus comforting me during my four hour nap-a-thon = NOT light labor.
2. Was Levi taken away from me to be measured, weighed, etc. right after he was born? Definitely not! My birth team gave us plenty of time to snuggle skin-to-skin, but I asked Amelia to edit most of that part out to keep this video PG. They don’t call it skin-to-skin for nothing, you know!
3. Why is my face so splotchy in the video? Okay, you were probably not wondering that, but the answer is that I put on makeup at 4am without thinking about how it would look once I got in the birth tub.
4. Why is there a large section of the labor/birth missing? Because it didn’t look like I was progressing very quickly, it was suggested that Amelia head home, check in with her family, and rest up for what could be a long night. But as you know if you read his birth story, things didn’t go quite as expected.
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What a Beautiful Family!!!!! God Bless you!
I’m mobile and I don’t see where to click for the video?
Shawna Lyn Morie-Pettus
This was simply beautiful.
No video 🙁
Elyse Levine Appi
I can’t find the video either.
That is the most precious video ever. Your daughter wanting to jump in the pool as soon as he was born was so sweet. Big sisters are the best! Makes me super excited to greet #4 in June!
Vicki Jackson Likens
So sweet! Thanks for sharing!
Maggie Goodman Russell
we took a Baby break & am watching it with the 16 year old…she & I think its beautiful Mommypotamous
Tara Frye Himes
You’re daughter’s reaction is priceless
Can you only view the video from a computer?
Beautiful! Congratulations 🙂
it was so beautiful! thanks for sharing : )
This makes me so excited for my birth in May! I love birth (well, except for maybe 30 minutes of it). Congrats, again Potomi and good work to you Momma.
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Madelon van der Hoek
That is gorgeous. What a beautiful keepsake.
LOVE It!!! SO beautiful! Thanks for sharing and congrats!
Maybe iPhone issue…not seeing video.
Larissa Prodigal Pieces
Thank you for sharing, Mommypotamus! <3
Wanda Colbert Brigman
So is Levi a 2013 baby or a 2014 baby? 🙂 Beautiful video and very well done. Congrats to all!!! Beautiful family!!!
I don’t see it either- I don’t think you can view it from mobile device 🙁
Linda J. Davis
very touching, what great memories for all of you – lovely
Oh my goodness, Heather, that was SO beautiful! It literally brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for sharing it with us! I’ve seen birth photography before, but never a birth video (well not one done so artistically, at least). I loved it. What a beautiful depiction of what labor really is/can be like and how our bodies are so fearfully and wonderfully made! How great is our God!?! Congrats on your littlest love and your beautiful family. You are blessed! PS I love that Micah had a huge scrape on his forehead…SO little boy! 😉
So made me cry. Absolutely beautiful. God bless you and your family. So many beautiful moments saved on film.. you are truly blessed.
Mindy 'Tharp' Worley
Love, love, love. And then love some more 🙂
Beautiful video and pictures! Thank you for sharing. Watching your video was very inspiring and comforting to my husband and I who are trying to conceive our first. Wishing you and your family all the best!!!!
Ruthie M DeGood Trobridge
I cried almost the entire time. So amazing! Thanks for sharing. ♥
Donna Horne Smith
Very, very sweet! Thank you so much for sharing!! Definitely wouldn’t have (and didn’t even when I knew!) notice the blotchy face! It was so beautiful!
So the photos and video were by the same person? Are the stills taken out of the video or was it 2 cameras? I love them all 🙂
Marisa Grima Bain
so beautiful , i cried the whole time. makes me want another one….congrats. You have a beautiful family.
so beautiful. definitely cried 🙂
Mae Annette Burke
Lily says “Oh, that little girl helped her mama have a baby just like me!”
Just beautiful. Makes me so very jealous. That was the birth I wanted for my son. Instead we had a nightmare of an experience that has since caused me to really cringe at the sight of any doctor or hospital.
Charise, i am so sorry you had a negative experience!
Annette Harvey Young
This made me want to have another baby at home. <3 Thanks for sharing!
Heather, Thank you for sharing that beautiful video with us! It was so special! Loved the music too!
Thank you and your family so much for sharing this special moment with all of us! With all of the horror stories that make their ways around, it is such a joy to see positive birth experiences shared in such a beautiful way.
Congratulations Potamus family!
Dionne Dukes Billstone
What a beautiful treasure!
Makes me want to go back 24 years and do this. I hope my children, should they ever have kids, get to do it right.
Perfect in every way!
Maria Teresa Penna Frazier
Thank you so much for sharing. Your family is precious. God Bless!
Oh so precious! Thank you for sharing. What a beautiful family you have.
Wow.I think that might be the most beautiful video I’ve ever seen
Precious, thanks for sharing!
Beautiful, strong and amazing. Well done mama
Congratulations! Beautiful 🙂
Paula D Holland
Beautiful! I want another home birth!! Lol
Sukh Aman Kaur
AWWW! You make me want to have a home birth!
What a precious video. Watching and listening to the music practically brought me to tears. Thank you for sharing.
BEAUTIFUL!!! <3 Shelli Waldridge
Absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing with us!
Precious! Thank you for sharing such an intimate moment 🙂 God Bless you and your family ♡
Leslie L. Sommers
So beautiful…just as it should be. Thanks for sharing!
such an inspiration!
Ugh so precious!!
Leslie L. Sommers
Direct video link for mobile viewers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYy2xvhRqC4
I am not even a mumma but I am sitting here in complete tears of joy! Well done done potamuses <3
Stephanie Hayden Arbino
That was beautiful!
Isabel Calero Calkins
Beautiful! Thank you!
Kinnie Jae Inman
oh, this brings back memories of our home births! So thankful we were able to birth at home, This is the real thing, beautifully and artistically done. Thank you for sharing!
That was so beautiful, thank you for sharing!
Thank you so much for sharing this video with us. Definitely the best video I have seen in a long time. I cried the whole way thru it.. Tears of joy for you getting to do this in your own environment in your own time with those dearest to you right there with you! Congratulations on a beautiful baby boy as well as a beautiful family!!!
Linda K McNamara
wow, this video is beautiful! It made me cry!
Rebecca Van Sickle Fetzek
Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful & intimate portrait of a very special time for you & your family. I’m 30 wks pregnant & watched it with my 3 yr old who will be at the birth center with us come time. This just confirms our decision to have here there. She started squealing in delight at the same time your girl did. She was so excited for you! 🙂
Amazing, and simply beautiful. 🙂
Whitney Blake McCauley
So many tears! Beautiful <3
that was wonderful! thanks you for sharing….
Thank you for sharing, absolutely beautiful! ♥
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful moment in your lives.
So very sweet!!
I cried…so beautiful!!!
Watching this at 37wks…. Tears! 😉 lovely.
I wish I could have done it this way, especially with my twins. Beautiful. 🙂
Joanna Damon Vanderkooi
What a blessing that you have that! And, what a miracle the Lord has given you and your family! <3
Melissa Dally Strickland
Thank you for sharing such an intimate family experience with the world! You are an inspiration for so many mommies and daddies. I laughed. I cried. And now…I want more babies 😉
That was so precious and beautiful! Memories to hold onto
I couldn’t link to your video any way at all….your photos& narrative are precious.
Where is the film I only see pictures
Absolutely beautiful and inspirational. Thank you for sharing!
absolutely amazing and beautiful!
no comparison to a hospital birth! (and i have worked with both)
thank you for sharing!!!!!!!
beautiful! Just beautiful. God’s Blessings to you all!
So beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your experience!
A truly eloquent presentation of such a beautiful moment. I don’t have any children but it moved me to tears. Congratulations! Thank you for sharing and God bless you and your family!
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Absolutely beautiful! Congrats!!!
Very beautiful! Thank-you for sharing. 🙂
Beautiful pictures, video, baby, children, family. I had 4 all natural. My baby is 20 years. Your testimony of a healthy lifestyle is the alert and awake infant at birth. God Bless you all! Thank you for sharing.
Becky @ Rooted Blessings
He is so beautiful, Heather! Congratulations to you and Daniel! I just loved the video!
Tanisha Iven Legg
That was SO BEAUTIFUL!! What a beautiful family you all are. I can’t help but get emotional watching this. =)
Soooo beautiful. You are truly blessed!
Beautiful video. All the best to you and your family of five!
Thank you for sharing. Beautiful family bonding. He will never doubt that he was loved and wanted.
Renee Rodriguez Kohley
Simply amazing <3
Thank you for sharing these positively stunning and perfect moments of your life. absolutely beautiful. 🙂
I just broke down in tears watching this and I watched your previous one. Thanks for inspiring me to cook and make things at home and thanks for reminding me what a gift my children are. I have 4 kids I have given birth to all naturally. Thank you for sharing!
Just beautiful! What a precious memory to cherish!
So beautiful. I love how each any every birth story I hear takes me back to those first sweet moments with my little girl. Thank you for sharing!
(And Karla Adolphe is one of our favorites!)
Karla Adolphe is now one of my favourites too! (Had to search her out after hearing her on this video!) Her music was such a beautiful background to this beautiful story! Still teary…
That was beautiful. Now my 4 year old wants us to have a new baby for her to hold!
Margaret Sharp Martinez
This is beautiful. I cried watching this. Reminds me of all my kids’ births.
Gorgeous. Thank you for sharing and congratulations to your family!
cried the whole. way. through. beyond precious heather! congratulations. what a blessing this sweet family of yours is!
Congratulations, thanks for sharing it with us!
Kelli Loupe Deloach
OMG! That was so beautiful, I cried while I was at work. Nothing so sweet as when your little girl got so excited she had to get in the pool with you! So beautiful.
That was beautiful…your labor seemed similar to mine, I walked around, used my bouncing ball and tried to stay busy to keep my mind off the pain. It was extremely painful, but I dont know if anyone could tell that from the way I handle it. I’m a quiet laborer to say the least. I loved the video and the pictures, they looked great and you are beautiful!
This is beautiful!
Absolutely beautiful 🙂
Jennifer Hitzeman Grubb
Beautiful video! Wonderfully done Amelia! Congratulations Heather, and to the whole family. 🙂
Living Healthy With Chocolate
Vikkie Housley Smith
what a beautiful little movie.. thanks for sharing 🙂 <3
Diana Van Pelt
Fabulously supportive husband, family and friend. Thank you so much for sharing this! (still tearing up) 🙂
Wow, that was so emotionally amazing…I kept crying! You have a beautiful family Mommypotamus, and thank you so much for sharing this with us all. You let us see some of your most intimate and loving moments, and now I really want to conceive this year and have an at home water birth as well.
This is so beautiful and made me cry like a baby!
That was one of the most beautiful videos I’ve ever seen.
Congratulations! You gave a beautiful family.
Maggie Lynne Sorgen
Thank you! for sharing this exquisitely sweet video of your birthing of Levi and your whole amazing family!
Julie Jacobs Deitering
Thanks so much for sharing this! Pure Joy!
Kristen N' Jay-Jay
Congratulations on Levi! What a beautiful family you have 🙂
Michelle Gauthier Fitch
This is so beautiful and moving I had tears rolling down my face . <3
Erica Newton Penton
Jonathan Jesse Danson
Incredible! Makes me want to have another one! Thank you for sharing!
He’s beautiful! Congratulations 🙂
Beautiful! A love story of a beautiful family! Couldn’t get through all of it without crying 🙂
I see no video link just pictures and an article. 🙁
Janet Christine Fuller
That is a beautiful video and what a wonderful memory and keep sake. Congratulations to you all xoxo
Tess Sundermeyer Bertie
What a beautiful birth
Amanda Marie Fenske
He’s gorgeous!!! You look great…so strong. Ps- you have a beautiful home!
So beautiful congratulations 🙂
awww…he was so super chill! loved it…the tears rolled down around minute 2
Love, love, LOVE, L.O.V.E. thanks for sharing
Wow, this was amazing. Thank you so much for sharing!
Melissa Rice Candelas here’s the super cool blog I was telling you about
this is…beautiful :’) !
Shalonne Werthessen Halstead
Beautiful! Made me blubber and wish for more babies 🙂
Danielle Hettinger Morales
I just gave birth last night so this made me totally weepy.
Amber McKenzie Poindexter
So beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. Especially when your little girl was rubbing your back. Thanks so much for sharing
Karissa Michaelson Coble
So precious! Thank you for sharing.
Love this. Thank you for sharing 🙂
What a blessing! Thank you for sharing this with us. The beauty of it all brought tears to my eyes.
Oh my Goodness. This is beautiful. Congratulations!
Dee Sperko Mallett
Precious Love! Congratulations to all of you! <3
this is simply so beautiful.. I bawled my eyes out watching this. Thank you for letting us into your lives!
Vikki L. Hunter
Absolutely awesome… Thanks for sharing your family with us…..
What is the name of that song…so beautiful
What a beautiful video! Seeing Katie comfort you during labor and later helping out with Baby Levi made me tear up majorly. What a sweet girl she is!
A beautiful family, God Bless.
Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing.
So beautiful! Thank you for sharing this with us!!
Erin Hirschman Coulter
So so precious and beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!
“I wanna get in!” That was a fantastic response.
Thank you for sharing your precious story. What a blessing. God has given you a beautiful family!
Thank you for sharing your lovely family. What a beautiful memory.
Beautiful! Such a precious family
That is beautiful!!! What a fabulous loving family you have.
@Wanda – He was born on Nov 21st. It took a little time to edit the film to PG status 🙂
Beautiful, thanks for sharing! I don’t think I could do a home birth with everyone around, I’d be too worried what my other child would be getting into, etc.
Pamela Thompson Buettner
Facebook is not letting me tag right now but for those of you who are having trouble viewing the video it’s most likely due to a compatibility issue with your phone/mobile device. You might try accessing it directly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTJ1Dp3ZwtU
Thank You <3
Wow, so beautiful! Loved this video so much, I too was teary eyed. The song at the end was so perfect, loved it!
This is so incredibly sweet. Little Katie’s excitement brought tears to my eyes – she reminds me of my Anastasia. Big sisters are such a gift. =) Thank you for sharing this with us!
Jennifer Young Harvey
Thank you for sharing
Emily Guthmiller Pselos
AWESOME!! Thanks so much for sharing and congrats again! <3
Mae Burke Photography – <3
so so beautiful and peaceful! Thanks for sharing!
What cherished memories! This is just beautiful!
Becky Lennex Kenyon
Beautiful baby, beautiful story, beautiful family! What is the name of the song at the end of the YouTube video? I love it.
Absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. I have 4 children and all born in a hospital, knowing what I know now I would choose a home/water birth in a heart beat!
Nicole Burnard Wright
I just bawled! My little girl is due in a few weeks and this got me so emotional!
Thank you for sharing such a personal and incredibly beautiful moment in your family. I could not get through it without tearing up <3
Françoise Twinkle Shewry
This is so stunning, thank you! X
Dahlia Carson Hoefert
This is so beautiful.. Baby fever is creeping up for our # 3 🙂
Cindy Lou Jatras
Beautiful! I cried. Thanks for sharing this beautiful glimpse into your life with us…
So beautiful! Thanks for sharing!! Tears are flowing. <3
Candyce Adele Kirsch
This is beautiful! I cried. I can’t wait to hold my little lady in 8 weeks
That was so beautifully put together
Beautiful…just beautiful!! Annie you need to watch this!
This is the most beautiful video ever – thanks for sharing!
aww, so nice. great music too.
I love this, thank you for sharing.
Lisa Anne Baum
Your children are so sweet!
Tia Marie Chandler
Beautiful, I loved this. It was so nice to watch, as it mimicked my littlest girl’s birth sooo much ❤️
Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Your daughters reaction after Levi was born made me burst into tears it was so beautiful. Makes me so excited for us to become a family of 4 in March!
Anita Wade Sharp
What a beautiful video! the music is just lovely, as is your family! Thanks for sharing!
Loved it! Loved it all… And I really enjoyed the fork in the table trip by your middle boy. So fun.
Your so right Casey simply Beautiful…….
Thank you for posting the YouTube version. Wow I’m speechless. How amazing! This is so special that you have this to watch years and years in the future. I love how your daughter just jumped right in the pool to get close to her baby brother, how very sweet.
Wonderful 🙂 thank you so much for sharing with us all, you have three beautiful children xx
What a wonderful family….I watched this with my daughter and couldn’t stop the happy tears! Does anyone know who sings that song in the birthing video?
Thank you so much for sharing! This was beautiful!!!!!! I just cried and cried. What a beautiful family God has Blessed you with❤️
Simply beautiful, precious, and a blessing. Thank you for sharing. Brought me to tears. 🙂
Oh, I cried! Hahaha Congratulations!
Crystal Di Domizio PrenatalCoach
So beautiful! Thank you for sharing!
what a happy family
Thank you for sharing. That was so beautiful. What a sweet and precious family you have!
What a beautiful family and video! Thanks for sharing!
L. Michelle Smith
That was so awesome! Thanks so much for sharing and congratulations!
Wow, my heart swells for you and your family. So beautiful, congrats
So sweet! Congrats!
Oh.my.life. Tears streaming down my face as I watch this. SO BEAUTIFUL. And my ovaries are pinging as I type!x
So beautiful, thanks for sharing.
Beautiful! Your family is lovely!
beautiful..it’s so hard to believe that my 12 and 15 yr old boys were ever that little!!!…great job mama
What a beautiful video of welcoming the new member in your family. Thank you for sharing.
Absolutely beautiful, thanks for sharing it today, just what I needed.
Trish Harper McAtee
I love this!!!!! So beautiful!!!!!
What a wonderfully special story! Congratulations!
Hands down, this is the very most beautiful video ever made. I am an emotional mess and happy for it. Much Love.
What a beautiful video. It brought tears to my eyes. So so sweet!
Beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing God bless your beautiful family.
Mary Neill Schuytema
I had a homebirth with my youngest. One of the best things about the experience for me is that my other child will never be afraid of the birthing experience, and these children won’t either. It’s a beautiful gift.
Made me cry. Just beautiful 🙂
Tears. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you♡ Thank you♡ This is the most stunningly beautiful and precious ♡LOVE-ing story I have seen in a looooooong time. Oh the synchronicity and serendipity…..
I have just 5 minutes ago written a post about welcoming ourselves and others as “an adored baby”…..how it is our job to welcome ourselves daily with that ♡LOVE-ing regard as well as those around us….and this shows up next on my page!!! :D…..
Besides the miracle of the birth I am touched and grateful for the story of all your family welcoming your little potami…..how you have prepared for and do that is as important as the birth…..what a wonderful familypotamus you are…..♡
Betzaida Gomez Norris
That was absolutely beautiful! Beautiful family!
Erin Curry- Nordgren
beautiful testimony to natural childbirth, thanks for sharing.
Jenny Lynn Shankster
Thank you to a new generation of young mothers like yourself who are courageously living life bodly, honestly and sometimes making yourselves vulnerable so we can all get glimpses of what is meant by life lived with dignity, honor and cherished by God. My heart was once again enlarged.
Paula Fontaine Rasco
Jennifer L Stanton
Absolutely amazing! Breath taking
Heather, thank you so much for sharing your intimate family moments. Absolutely beautiful. <3
So amazing, and beautiful.
thank was soooo sweet! thank you for sharing 🙂
So touching! Thank u for sharing! What a beautiful family, your very blessed!
Thank you for sharing such intimate moments. Your daughter seems as protective as any mother! This video made me sigh with happiness. I wish you every joy with your family in 2014.
Still crying. Life is so incredible. <3
That was amazing!
Pamela Ann-Hyatt Hutchins
So awesome, thanks for sharing…..
Thank you for sharing this! It is simply beautiful! We watched together as a family as we are preparing for our fourth child, but first home birth.
So wonderful! I love it!!!
Beautiful. I sent to my sister…she is 5 months pregnant. Tks for sharing. God bless you and your family.
Kelly Pritchard Lucas
Simply amazing. A beautiful family.
Congrats Heather, Levi is gorgeous. I haven’t been in blog land for a number of years now and didn’t even know you were pregnant but wanted to congratulate you on your beautiful family. It’s nice to see everyone so happy and healthy. Your old blog friend, Melodie 🙂
Hi Melodie, so good to “see” you around here again! I still pop by your page every once in awhile just to connect, but everyone’s always got such great answers to the questions you post I’m useless 🙂
Thanks so much for sharing. I’m curious about the red welt-looking marks on Levi a few days after his birth and the redness on his arms and stomach. Was it a skin reaction or just his body adjusting to his surroundings?
What gorgeous photos. I love your video too. So utterly beautiful. Tears!
This is beautiful
Thank you so much for sharing. It is so very beautiful. This is the way I wish every child could be brought into the world.
Beautiful! I would love to do the water birth, Did it seem like it made a big difference? My 2 labors were pretty easy hospital births, one with pitocin due to water breaking and no contractions with one shot of nubane and for the second birth natural with all typical hospital stuff following. When midwives do home births does the baby have any of the blood or other typical hospital tests/procedures done? Who sings the songs in the video they are so pretty?
YES, the water made a huge difference for me! Yes, babies still have genetic testing if state law requires it. Other tests are done as well if the client wants them. I’m not sure about the song, though. So sorry!
Thank you for sharing your family’s most precious moments with us! I love the photos so much, esp. the 3 children snuggling together…It was so wonderful to watch your young family, I don’t know where the time has gone with my own little ones. Time should linger just a bit when they are little…!
This is so beautiful, and the way it should be done, whenever possible! Thank you for sharing!
Sophy Mavridis Neocleous
Wow – what an amazing mummy and family – just gorgeous
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
Sandra Marie Sepulveda
Thought this was crazy the babies name is yours & your daughters 🙂 Levi Smith
Your family is incredibly gorgeous. Your children are beautiful. Levi looks so healthy and alert. This video warms and melts my heart on a cold day. I’ll never be able to have a birth like this but I’m sure your video and story will inspire lots of people. Happy New Year to you all!
Beautiful family. Those kids and mama can I just say you are stunning.
Brings back memories,Thanx!
I am not sure how any mom could get through this video with out shedding a tear! Birth is the most amazing miracle and it was so nice to watch your families love throughout! Thank you for sharing and congratulations!! Your children are beautiful!
Agreeed!! Ill just be a voice among hundreds to say: dear mama, this was such a beautiful birth!
Congrats to the photographer-videographer! Real artwork!
Thank u for sharing
This is absolutely precious. I’m 9 weeks pregnant, due in August, and this video makes me so excited for labor! I know it will be hard (this is my first, so of course I don’t know how hard…) but I will have a precious child to hold and feed and love after it’s over. Seeing your sweet boy stretching and sucking on his hand gave me chills. Children are such gifts!
Thank you so much for sharing!
That was the best thing i’ve seen to start off my year 🙂 Beautiful birth, beautiful family, congrats
Beautiful video! And you look ridiculously fabulous during labor & delivery. Congratulations!
Beautiful video! And you look ridiculously fabulous during labor & delivery. Congratulations!
Willow Tree Wellness Clinic
Thank you for sharing your birth with us! I wish more soon to be mamas (esp first time mamas) saw more positive natural childbirth (and home birth) experiences! I hope it is ok for me to share this on my page – I have four patients who are moments to days away from delivering their first child!
Debra Harper Bowers
That was so beautiful!!! I cried tears of joy and happiness!!! Thank you for sharing such an amazing and precious time with us!
Wow…tears in my eyes, thank you! X
WOW! So beautiful and inspiring! Congrats! It’s videos like these that I enjoy watching with my 3.5 yr. DD to prepare her for her new sibling who will be joining us Earthside in June via home water birth. Thank you for sharing with us such a personal and emotional journey!
Jim BobandCindy Haggerton
Awesome vid!! I showed Harper and Ellie and they go: “Dad, we want a baby like that!!” and they both go: “Can we go see them!?!” Sooooo, I think a trip to Tennessee is in our future! Miss you guys and are so proud and happy for you as you add to your amazing family and continue down the path the Father is leading you. Love you.
If anyone would wonder or even notice that you had a blotchy face they should have their head examined! This is what childbirth should be like! Doctors have turned pregnancy into a disease because of malpractice insurance laws. And I bet your daughter will have some interesting stories to share when she goes to show & tell!
beautiful!… *tears* 🙂
Elizabeth Ryan Duncan
Thank you for sharing. Beautiful new life!
Kristina Cindric Ebel
So beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I am pregnant with my fourth and was emotionally prepared to be done with childbirth when I found out I was pregnant. It has taken me some time to again embrace how beautiful natural birth is and this video really sealed how ready I am for it again. Thank you for sharing such a private moment with us to inspire!
That would be awesome, JB. Bring it.
One of the most beautiful videos I’ve seen! I’ve been blessed to witness the births of several of my grandchildren, of which 2 were home births, and this video of your birth made me tear up and smile. I could feel the love, peace and joy surrounding you and your family. Congratulations!
Beautiful and inspirational! I got only a few pictures at my son’s birth, but video – what a precious way to remember those very first moments!
So so very beautiful!
If my phone had enough coverage to play the video all the way through without stopping to load every 10 seconds I’d have been crying!
How did I miss this- precious and beautiful! I love it! Thanks for sharing.
Jim BobandCindy Haggerton – Yay! We would love to see you guys!
Kristi Brubaker Miller
So beautiful! Your daughter will certainly grow up knowing that birth is a beautiful and natural event! I love that she wanted in 🙂 I love birth! I have not had homebirths but have had all natural births in a hospital. Been blessed to have great drs and nurses who have supported me in that! Thank you for sharing your life with us!
<3 wow <3 Beautiful!
Incredibly precious! Thanks for sharing this
Watched this.this morning. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing x
So touching and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
i think the same. cute family and babi
So beautiful. Thank you for sharing your life with us. You have quite a little helper there too. Maybe someday she’ll grow up to be a midwife.
So beautiful! Made me cry 🙂 Can’t wait to have my own some day, DV!
My sons also a Levi:)
This made me tear up so perfect!
Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. You are blessed.
Deanna Brinkmeyer Eixman
So precious and such a blessing. Thank you for sharing!
Jenny von Hollen
Wow!! That’s a great video! So beautiful! I definitely felt my uterus flexing while you were in contraction mode! Lol powerful. Thank u for sharing. Makes me wanna wake my babies up and smooch them more than I already do, which is alot! Xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo!!
Wow this is an incredibly beautiful video. Thank you so much for sharing. Your daughters reaction when the baby was born was so precious I couldn’t hold the tears back.
So beautiful! Congrats! Thank you for sharing.
So precious! Loved the video. This is one I will definitely share with my girls. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you and your family.
Did you listen to music in the background while laboring? What did you choose to have playing? We are planning to have our first baby in our living room in less than 3 wks and I’m trying to think about what I want to be listening to. The one song I do plan on is “Oceans” by Hillsong United!!!
ty for sharing your precious birth of your son Levi
I Am a birth keeper here living in New Hartford NY
The sheer beauty of welcoming a new soul w such careful loving attention brings up emotions of pecae joy gratitiude yearning longing
loving blessing from my heart to yours
That was so beautiful- it makes me want another one – ha ha
you have a beautiful family
Rachel in Oklahoma
Aww, they change so soon! Mine was born the 11th of Nov.– they lose that “new-born” look so quickly. Makes me a little sad for you that your labors are so long and difficult (mine are fast and furious, no time to set up a pool!) Good job for hanging in there and seeing it through, mama! You have a BEAUTIFUL baby!! Thanks for sharing with us.
Beautiful. Made me cry. Brought me back to my own sons birth. Totally emotional. God Bless you and your beautiful family. Thank you for sharing your joy!
I never was able to have children, but thought this was so beautiful that I shared it with a young friend who is expecting very soon. She was very moved by it. Thank you for sharing.
Kelly @ The Nourishing Home
Congratulations! What a beautiful blessing from God. Thank you for sharing his birth with us. Praying for you all for a New Year with continued health, love, joy and peace in Him. Blessings, Kelly
Absolutely beautiful…made me cry tears of joy for you and your family. You are teaching your children to not be afraid of the so very natural aspects of being a human being. Congratulations on doing such a wonderful thing so very well…we need more people like you in this world.
Welcome to the world Levi.
Simply lovely. What an amazing visual journey of family. Thank you for sharing!
That was the most beautiful amazing thing I have seen! I cried, I loved it, especially when Katie jumped in the pool with you. Congratulations! You look exactly the same as junior high and high school… Well except for the boobs. : ). I a, so happy for you and your family!
this is my absolutely favorite video and post,,,,it was such a precious and beautiful experience to watch,,,I so wish my children’s birth had been so very calm and natural. I admire all you do and how you are such a amazing woman and blogger and mother. Thank you for sharing your most personal and intimate moments with us!
Beautiful. Thanks for sharing your birth and family with us. Your children are so blessed with such a wonderful momma and poppa and such wonderful family and friends. You are doing a beautiful job with them. If I had been more knowledgeable when my first child was born (over 17 years ago) I would have definitely gone with the water birth and midwife/doula. Congrats.
Alexandra @ Creative Simple Life
Beautiful film! Thanks so much for sharing.
I found this incredibly moving. Surely no little brother was more lovingly anticipated by his siblings than Levi. What a treasure this video will be to him and your whole family through the years.
How precious. <3 Beautiful video thank you for sharing and congratulations.
ABSOLUTELY beautiful!!! Thank you sooo much for sharing!
(long message) I just wanted to say that was so amazing and beautiful. Thats how I wanted my birth to go. I currently am in the military and have no options other than no epidual. My first birth was nothing like I had planned, I could not even have a birth plan. I currently am 15 weeks and plan t odo my best with at least all natural. But I have been getting so nervous because my husband and I are so busy and attched to work that we really have been unable to connect with this little one growing inside me. But watching your video has re affirmed what I wish I could have and has given me that “push” I needed to remeber to connect, do yoga, and the most I can do hypnobirthing. When my husband gets home I will have him watch the video as well and I know that will start us on the path to having the pregnancy we have dreamed about, or at least close as we can get. Thank you for sharing all that you do, it helps 🙂
This was so beautiful and meaningful to me. I am entering my seventh month with my first pregnancy and trying to mentally prepare for a home water birth. While I am elated to have the choice and am feeling more confident every day that I can deliver my child without interventions, birth stories that this mean so so much to me.
BEAUTIFUL!! Made me cry, too! You have a beautiful family 🙂
That was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
I love this video! Levi is so precious!! I love that Katie and Micah are included and were able to be part of the special day. So sweet!
I feel the Lord when I look at your beautiful family. Thank you for sharing your life with us. The video made me want to cry. Just incredible.
I was hoping for a similar scene. I had a due date of Christmas day this year but miscarried at 14+ weeks. It brought joy to my heart for the first time in a long while (involving the pregnancy/birth of others) watching this video. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on your little one reaching 2!!
Wow I love your daughters reaction!
The whole video is beautiful!
This is BEAUTIFUL and made me cry happy tears! What a gift to have it all captured! So wonderful your babe had such a peaceful entry earthside. Thank you for sharing <3