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Milwaukee Birth Story | Kroll Birth

January 27th was a snowy day and we had reports that there was going to be a major snow storm that evening. I got a text from Amanda to let me know that she was having some cramping and that it may be baby day! We all crossed our fingers that baby would beat the storm or wait it out. Two hours after her initial text Amanda sent a message at 3:02 letting me know things were getting more intense quickly and that her midwife was going to start heading that way and she would keep me updated if things kept moving along. 10 minutes later I got a text saying: “oh my goodness this is so fast!” and I immediately headed her way. I was the first to arrive to the home and when I walked in I could see that she was far along. Sasha, a student midwife at the time, showed up minutes after me followed by the midwives Deb and Erin. Ezekiel was being an awesome birth partner as well as taking care of their son, Oliver. Once we arrived, Ezekiel quickly took Oliver to a neighbor’s house to hang out until the baby came. Once back Ezekiel was at Amanda’s side comforting her, cheering her on, and giddy with excitement to meet his son or daughter.

Things continued to progress quickly. Amanda was facing some fierce back labor, but she was listening to her body and breathing through each wave. After a couple hours of us all being there Amanda and Ezekiel got to meet their sweet baby boy! Amanda did so beautifully trusting her body and her awesome birth team. Baby Milo decided to come fast and just in time to snuggle in with a snow storm outside. Oliver came right after the birth to meet his new baby brother. He was so gentle and affectionate towards him - it really was one of the sweetest first sibling meetings I have had the privilege to capture.

Sweet Milo will be turning 5 months old next month!! Milo, you are blessed with loving parents and an amazing brother! My prayer is that you are always confidant in the love they have for you, and that you then share that love with the world around you!

Rozga Wedding

It seems so cliche to say “love was in the air” but it feels too true not to. Amanda and Rhett love fiercely. They ooze love all over the people they come in contact with and they attract people who have a special heart for welcoming others in. Amanda and Rhett’s wedding weekend felt like home. Each person was so unique with various ways that their life intersected with the bride and groom and yet everyone belonged, everyone had a place.

Rhett and Amanda had a full-on wedding weekend. They invited all of their closest friends and family to journey with them far out from any city to stay in funky cabins surrounded by hills and trees. On the day of their wedding it was the most beautiful morning; the ground had a golden glow and the air felt perfect on your skin. Everyone enjoyed a slow morning making breakfast in their cabins, enjoying the company of the community that had joined together to witness and support this union. Rhett and Amanda were wed in the afternoon in front of the most amazing Norwegian pines. The rest of the day was filled with laughter, happy tears, food, and dance.

Rhett and Amanda - you are beautiful souls and Will and I are blessed beyond measure to call you friends. Thank you for challenging us to always pick the path with the greatest adventure! CHEERS to you and the amazing adventure you guys have begun - may your days be full of wonder, community, and joy!

Milwaukee Birth Story | Magnus Family

Amanda called me in the evening on Sunday Jan. 28th to tell me that her water had broken and thus labor was on its way. Within a few hours she began to have contractions. She labored at home throughout the night into the wee hours of the morning on the 29th.

Around 3am we all headed to the birthing center. This time around Amanda decided she wanted an unmedicated birth out of the hospital, choosing to birth at Authentic Birth Center in Wauwatosa. When I arrived Amanda was in the zone working through each wave as it came. Her husband, Brian, was being an amazing birth partner squeezing her hips through each contraction. Soon after getting Authentic, Amanda was ready to get into the tub to help her relax as the waves of labor grew more intense. Her husband was at her side throughout the entire birthing journey rubbing her back, squeezing her hips, and holding her close. Baby Porter was born at 7:15am and placed on his mama’s chest. They waited to find out the gender of their little one so it was quite an exciting moment when they found out they had a son! Porter is Brian and Amanda’s second born and little brother to their daughter Ella. 

Amanda and Brian, you make an amazing team! It truly was an honor to capture your beautiful birthing journey. You have so much love in your hearts and are spreading that love with your little ones! I pray the love in your family continues to grow and to be contagious to all you come into contact with!