This is the birth of Jacob last month – at home in the water. It was a lovely afternoon birth, and mama did an amazing job. She had the help of a wonderful doula, Cris Harper, and two midwives I’m becoming well acquainted with – Michelle Freund and her assistant Katie. I arrived in active labor, around 2:15 in the afternoon, and soon mama was pushing and then Jacob was born into his daddy’s hands at 3:38, and passed to mama to meet her baby face to face. Jacob was so peaceful and serene and hardly cried at all, content to simply lie on his mom’s chest. Another beautiful example of natural birth. Enjoy the photos below and the slideshow at the bottom.