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Steve Howey and Sarah Shahi Welcome Twins Violet Moon and Knox Blue

- People Magazine, 6 March 2015

It was another home birth — times two! — for Sarah Shahi.

- courtesy Araya Diaz/WireImage

The actress, who plays former government assassin Sameen Shaw on the CBS drama Person of Interest, welcomed twins, daughter Violet Moon and son Knox Blue, on Sunday, March 1, at home in Los Angeles, a rep for Shahi tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Shahi, 35, and her husband Steve Howey, 37, who stars on the Showtime series Shameless, are also parents to 5½-year-old son William Wolf.

The Texas-bred star previously opened up about her first delivery, telling Pregnancy in 2010 about the water birth. “[He] came out into a tub of water and then my husband brought him up for air,” she said.                                    

“I never thought I would be one of those wacky chicks who say, ‘I loved my labor,’ but I loved every part of it. It was the best day of my life.”

Shahi learned she was pregnant while filming Person of Interest last fall. She is on maternity leave for the remainder of the current season, but is expected to return when her schedule — and newly tripled crew! — permit.

– Michelle Tauber

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No yelling or screaming or blaming or fighting…nothing like the Hollywood portrayals of birth.

"A mother gives birth to her son. This photograph captured a momentous introduction of a mother and baby’s first exchange. The baby is suspended in time, half way inside his mother and the world; being guided out by his mother’s own hands. Photograph was captured by friend and doula of the mother."

National Geographic Photo Contest, Photo and caption by Tara Garner

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Many many people wanted to hear about water birth, so here it is!  Over here at TheMidwifeIsIn we love water birth.  

More resources:

Evidence Based Birth - Water Birth
About Water Birth
American Association of Birth Centers Position Statement on Water Birth
American College of Nurse Midwives Position Statement on Hydrotherapy
Word Document from the British Royal College of Midwives

This might make you cry:

"You were born in your caul, you swam out between my legs. It was 10.09pm, your Dad watched and told me how amazing it was to watch you come into the water in your caul and watch it float off your face, “Almost like a veil lifting” he said. Teresa encouraged me and coaxed me in my still shocked state to reach down and pick you up as I stated 

I wanted to do this (Your Dad was about to dive in if I didn’t). I looked down and for what seemed like much longer than it really was I saw your gorgeous face looking up at me, eyes open, arms moving slowly. The moment you and I shared staring at each other will always be imprinted firmly in my memory and the overwhelming feeling of love and pure joy as I reached down and brought you up out of the water, into air and into my arms where you took your first breath.”

http://www.documentingdelight.com/2012/08/29/homebirth/

Between Two Worlds
Photo and caption by Tara Garner

A mother gives birth to her son. This photograph captured a momentous introduction of a mother and baby’s first exchange. The baby is suspended in time, half way inside his mother and the world; being guided out by his mother’s own hands. Photograph was captured by friend and doula of the mother.

Location: Summertown, Tennessee

A picture of a baby born "en-caul", which means that the membrane protecting the baby’s body and head has not yet torn. Normally, this membrane breaks as the birth process commences, and that is commonly referred to as “breaking of water”. En-caul births are very rare, occuring in fewer than 1 on 80,000 births. It is, however, almost always perfectly harmless.

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One thing that really gets to me is the depiction of childbirth in the media and therefore the general idea of what it’s like to give birth - this idea tends to involve screaming and swearing women with scared partners, doctors yelling “PUSH!” while mom is on her back and then babies being whisked away by nurses. But birth does not have to be a traumatizing event.

This birth video is so beautiful and the woman is so relaxed that I would never have guessed her to be in the final phase of birth, ready to push. The process was left entirely up to her body, she knew when to push, she was not lying on her back, and no doctors or nurses were hovering because she knew exactly what to do. And dad was right there involved like a pro, even having skin-to-skin and sharing an herbal bath with babe. All measurements were done right there with mom, baby was never whisked away, breastfeeding was initiated almost immediately. This. This is birth.

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- pregnancy
- childbirth
- babies/toddlers/children
- natural birth/water birth/hypnobirthing
- trying to conceive
- parenting
- breastfeeding
- family

or anything related to the above.

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Montana’s Birth
I’ve contemplated whether or not to post this for a while. I find birth to be a very sacred and intimate experience and I wasn’t sure how I felt about sharing my experience with an online community. However, after all of the positive messages I received after sharing my birth story, I decided that sharing my story is important. 
I fully realize that this type of birth is not for every person or situation, but I hope that sharing my experience can help women to have faith in their bodies and realize that labor and birth need not be feared.

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(via Welcoming Theodore - Documenting Delight)

absolutely gorgeous birth video. a bit longer than most, but totally worth it. (her pushing position seemed a bit strange to me… but hey whatever works i guess)