A Kentucky midwife participated in the delivery of her own baby at a Frankfort clinic, but with an added catch–the birth was via Caesarean section.
Emily Dial asked photographer and friend Sarah Hill to document the unforgettable moment of her baby coming into the world, with the extraordinary involvement of the childbearing mother.
Hill told LoveWhatMatters.com that Dial coordinated the process closely with medical staff so that she could co-deliver her baby, whose sex she wanted to be a mystery until the very end.
“Nurses, doctors, anaesthesiologists eagerly came in and took guesses if it was going to be a boy or a girl because what’s more exciting than pulling out your own baby if you also don’t know the sex?” Hill told the website.
Dial, whose career centers on childbirth, told the website that she found it thrilling to be able to connect the personal and the professional.
“It was tying together the two things I love the most: my family and my career. It truly was one of the happiest moments of my life,” Dial said. “It was truly a full circle moment.”
And Hill was there to capture it in all its glory.
“This was by far one of the most incredible days of my life. My amazing midwife Emily Dial not only had a C-Section today but SHE PULLED THE BABY OUT HERSELF!!!!!! It was unreal. To say that she is amazing, is an understatement,” Hill posted on Facebook.
Along with words of excitement, Hill also heaped praise on the new mother for her determination to deliver her own child.
“She was meant to bring babies into this world and didn’t let a little thing like a C-Section stop her from delivering her own! To watch her colleagues rally around her and make this happen was so beautiful. It was truly an honor to be there and capture this for her and Daniel…And surprise!! It’s a GIRL!!”
Hill also shared a set of photos from the birth.
According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Dial prepared methodically for the pre-planned surgery, scrubbing hands and donning gloves.
Obstetricians Dr. Mark Wainwright and Dr. Amanda Hess assisted with the surgical delivery.
According to Hill, Wainwright made the cut and helped guide her hands to the baby.
“It was an incredible feeling to reach down, feel her head, then slowly feel the rest of her coming, but a little strange not being able to feel the rest of my abdomen,” Dial told CafeMum.
Once Dial pulled the baby fully out of her abdomen, she raised her up and looked into her eyes.
“Lifting her out and seeing her face-to-face is that surreal moment every mum relives the rest of their lives: that moment you are face-to-face with your child and having that moment of awe.”
Emma Kaye Dial was born at 11:17 a.m. weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces.