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Welcome to the world | Birth Story of Daniella Elyse

It was a bright and beautiful day. Full of sunshine, full of anticipation and full of love.

As a recent mama myself, it was emotional, empowering, and amazing to watch this beautiful mama-to-be on this journey.

There was laughter, tears, and everything in between.

I felt honored to be able to capture and tell their special and intimate story of welcoming their beautiful baby girl, Daniella Elyse, into the world.

Stefani started her journey that morning at Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center… She was strong. She was brave.

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Stefani continued to be strong and work through the contractions, but as time passed, she had not progressed in her labor as hoped for.

She felt, and knew in her heart, that it was time to move over to UNMH and continue receiving her care there, for the remainder of her delivery.

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Her husband, Francesco, was arriving from Italy that night. They were both anxious and eager to be with each other.

I imagined the longing that Francesco must have felt, to be able to hold Stefani’s hand, to comfort and encourage her through this journey.

Stefani, also longing to have her husband by her side, to keep her strong and to keep her peacefully motivated.

Smiles, an “I love you” and “See you soon” through FaceTime would have to do until his arrival.

In the midst of her waiting, she did find comfort and encouragement from family and her wonderful and kind doula, also Stephanie.

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It was now after 7:30 pm, and Stefani had been laboring that entire day. Finally, from around the curtain came a wonderful surprise.

Francesco had arrived.

You could see, and feel, the pure joy {and relief} felt by both of them. He had made it. They could now welcome their little one into the world, together.

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As the hours continued to pass, exhaustion had set in for everyone. It was time to rest.

We prayed that the Lord would give both Stefani and Francesco rest, and help the labor to progress along smoothly through the night.

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A new day. A very special day.

The day that their baby girl would be joining them, on her daddy’s 40th birthday, no less!

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2:40 pm.

Welcome, Daniella Elyse!

You are so loved already.

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  • Genevieve

    Beautiful!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Gates

    So beautiful! Congrats!!ReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous baby from a gorgeous couple!!!  A beautiful love story!  CONGRATULATIONS!!!ReplyCancel

  • camille

    loved this wonderful peek into your spectacular journey~~so very happy for both of you~~ReplyCancel

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