Each birth I've been at has been an amazing moment to be a part of. Cattalia's birth was even more special - she was my doula for my second daughter's birth, and now I was present at her second birth, the birth of baby Byron.
Byron was born in a planned home birth, and what it was a beautiful birth it was. The night air was so balmy, Catt had set up twinkling fairy lights above her birth pool, and quiet, calm, carefully chosen music played throughout her labour. The music I've chosen for this film has special significance - not only was it playing when Byron was born, it's actually about a Goddess of fearlessness, the perfect accompaniment for a birth don't you think?
You will also see Cattalia 'toning' in this video, opening her mouth to release a long 'maaaaa' sound during contractions. She has since said that it helped to take her pain level down from a 10 to a 2, sometimes even a 0.
Catt also wanted to add that while the birth was challenging for her and a great test of her feminine power, she was grateful to be at home so that she was free to do what she needed to birth her baby well. She felt safe knowing no one would interfere with her labour, and she loved having the trust in her midwife who in turn, trusted her to birth her baby.