My hope in sharing this is to share the beauty and inspire. Natural birth takes many forms and not a single one is the "right" one. I feel it is important for women who wish to experience it to first witness other women in action. This way they can know it is okay to make noise if they need to. To know that it is okay to labor and birth in whatever position feels right. So they can learn that it is not as scary as they may have once thought.
I was fortunate to have my sisters pave the way for me. One had 2 successful home VBACs and she inspired me so much and gave me the courage to have a home birth myself. The other sister allowed me to be present for the beautiful natural hospital births of both of her children. Because of them I had confidence in my body and knew exactly what I was getting myself into. I will always be so grateful to them for that.
As a disclaimer, this video is not graphic in any way and honestly, I am only brave enough to show a couple of very short video clips of the "hard" work among many photos. Even so, I think it is pretty beautiful and I hope someone somewhere can take something positive from my experience.