Back in August, Jynessa Weed was 40 weeks and three days pregnant with her fourth child, but had no expectations of going into labor any time soon because her first three children's labors were both induced and C-sections. So when she started to develop a pinching feeling in her cervix — aka her contractions coming on — she ignored it for a while. It wasn't until her midwife announced that Jynessa was three-centimeters dilated that this mom truly believed she could actually have her baby naturally this time around.
After a mid-labor pedicure through her first real contractions, she faced her denial and came to terms with the fact that her baby was on the way. Her midwife, Mercy, her doulas, Liz, Brooke, and Sharon, and two student midwives, Ashley and Jennifer arrived, and it was show time.
"Can I even begin to tell you how awesome it was to labor in my own home?" Jynessa wrote in a post shared to the Love What Matters Facebook page. "Walking around and listening to my own music. I FaceTimed my dad as we were getting the pool set up."
But her carefree labor suddenly became very painful back labor, which she experienced with the birth of her son, Baylor. "Now if you have ever had the pleasure of experiencing back labor it's pretty much hell on earth," she wrote. "Liz got out her tens unit which was ahhhmazing, still painful but manageable at that point."
Finally, it was just about time for Jynessa's baby to make an entrance, so the mom laid in her bath on her husband Anthony's lap. "Anthony was so in tune with me reassuring I could do this," she wrote. "I flipped over to my back and laid in his lap and let my body do its thing, two pushes and her head was coming out. I yelled 'I can't do this, I can't' while I was trying to push my legs closed as if that was going to do anything. Jennifer was telling me to ease her head out and that I was going to feel her turn. I gave one more push and reached down to grab my baby . . . I pulled her up to my chest."
At 10:19 p.m. Scout Madelynn Dawn Weed was officially born, and Jynessa couldn't believe it. "I got my home-birth, water birth," she said. "I looked at her in awe; I had a daughter. I am so proud of myself for believing in myself and my body and following my heart, Scout's birth was so fast and so intense, I honestly couldn't have done it without my amazing birth team."
Lucky for Jynessa — and us — her incredible birth story was captured by photographer Kourtnie Elizabeth. "I love connecting generations together by capturing the raw, real, 100 percent unscripted moments," Kourtnie told POPSUGAR Moms. "To welcome a baby Earthside and to be a part of their first moments is a privilege." Scroll through to see some of the beautiful photos Kourtnie took both during and after Scout's birth.