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Lena, Juniper, and the birth team

Lena, Juniper, and the birth team

Sometimes your birth is the one you are supposed to have.  Lena is one of those people who could do anything, so the universe presented her with a unique challenge.  Almost 37 weeks pregnant she had an accident at her baby shower ending up with an emergency hospital visit and a seriously torn Achilles tendon.  Two days later, her water broke and she went into labor.  Mobility was a challenge but not a deterrent.  With someone holding up her new leg cast and the rest of her support team pretzeled around her in a childbirth version of Twister, Lena went ahead to deliver her baby on her own bed, in two and half hours.  She was determined, educated, and able to improvise in a demanding situation.

As she picked up her daughter (above photo), and still a bit reeling from the pace of all that had happened, she asked her baby, "who are you?"  I had to get to the birth fast so I told the cab driver I would name the baby after him if he got me there on time to help catch her, but Lena decided called her daughter Juniper instead. It’s a beautiful name for a girl who will always be able to find inspiration in her unstoppable mother.  

Thanks Lena, for letting us share.