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Naomi Peckham Birth Photos

Naomi's Birth

Katie began early labor around 5:30 pm on Friday, December 11 (2 days after her due date). These contractions were significantly stronger and more regular than the Braxton Hicks contractions she'd been having for months, but they were also mild enough that she was able to sleep for a few hours through the night to rest up for the work ahead.

Her water broke at 4 am the next morning (Saturday, December 12), and active labor began (ouch). Soon after that, we called our friend Emily, who is training to be a doula and had agreed to support Katie in labor. Katie labored for about 5 hours at home, and we headed for the hospital around 9 am. Katie checked in at 7cm dilated, but unfortunately plateaued here for several more hours. Finally at 4 pm, she had reached 9.5cm and was able to start pushing.

At 6:36 pm on Saturday, December 12, our precious little Naomi Julian made her way into the world.

Recent photo comments

SherTakahashi: My comment to Grandpa Grider was they forgot to put it away.

Emily: Oh wow - I bet someone was in trouble when they found it later! Those things are "medical waste"! :)

Katie: With the curtain there, it looks like this is the remains of the last patient :)

Katie: Side note: In the original placenta pic, Dad is holding up the placenta in his bare hands, so this one's a bit tamer... ;)

Kevin Matsumoto: Looks like steak marinating in Teriakki sauce....LOL

Katie: Still don't have a decent family pic, after almost 4 months...

Katie: I'm so glad Erica was there through the labor too! Even with a 9-month-old of her own, she drove all the way up to LA and cheered me on through the tough part. (And then stayed around afterwards to help us figure out breastfeeding! Sure is great to have a postpartum nurse for a sister...) Love you E!

SherTakahashi: Thank you Hilary...God bless you.

Emily: She was one cool midwife. I'm referring any Kaiser patients I know to her.

Melissa Sturgeon: Congrats and wow you are lucky! I ended up with 2 midwives I had never met who delivered Caden because they were changing shifts just as I was 10cm and ready to push. But it turned out just fine. They didn't do much anyways. Andrew and I did all the work until the 20 minutes of pushing at the very end and the stitching part.

Katie: Melissa - I'm glad it turned out ok. I had a nurse shift change right as I began pushing, but it ended up being huge that I was able to have Hilary there the whole time, as her discernment in the delivery was crucial (and saved me from having a c-section!)

Andria Guerrero: That must be a really sweet sound to patients who are ill, great idea.

Julie DeHart: That's a great idea. Love the respect of life they are showing. :)

Kristi: That's sweet.

Melissa Sturgeon: Cool! Our Kaiser didn't have that.

SherTakahashi: I love the look on Hilary's face - she's so serene.

Kristi: Our baby girl has had her arms up and hands around her face at each u/s too! Does she continue to do it now?

Daniel: Yes, it's still one of her favorite positions. :)

Mom Takahashi: Traditional family picture. We now have 2 generations of placenta pictures for our Fractured Photo Album.

SherTakahashi: EWWWWWW

Katie: Awesome. I was so glad Erica got this - I was wondering what that thing looked like! :)

Tim: YESSSSS! Dinner!!!

Aunt Erica: Naomi's "home" for the last 9 months

Carrie Kokoska: Four babies and that is the first placenta I have seen!

Katie: Wow Tim, I'd heard that some women eat their placentas later (like in a soup or something), but you must be a really committed Dad to do it ;)

Ashley Nick: That's awesome.

Mom Takahashi: I love this one

Kristi: Love this one!

Elena: Beautiful. Congratulations!

SherTakahashi: Look Nana, it's the Peckhams

Donni: What a great picture!

Katie: And they sure are wrinkly little suckers after her 9-month bath! :)

SherTakahashi: Benjamin Button's feet?

Kristi: Prunny feet!

Emily: Beautiful.

Julie DeHart: Love it.

Kristi: Like this one.

Katie: Only the greatest husbands will love their wives through something like this (especially when those husbands have food poisoning! :( )

SherTakahashi: Such a dedicated Husband

(anonymous): That was so great!

Mom Peckham: Sorry, that last comment was from me.

Kristi: This particular photo brought tears to my eyes... what Grace to have such a tender touch from such a trusted friend at such a vulnerable time.

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