August 1, 2012 by D
The Biggest Gift of All
IMAGES by DANIELA TALVITIE
Remember the entrepreneur and the mother of five, Helena Vartiainen, from our MAMMA project? RAWR Magazine caught up with her the day before her due date of her sixth child. We are happy to witness the tender anticipation of Helena and her children for their newest family member. If the lucky baby only knew how our radiant Helena and her family will cherish her!
Helena agreed to share the touching story of the baby’s birth with us. We are moved to hear the experience and see the pictures, the first moments between a mother and her precious daughter. Congratulations to the family!
IMAGES BY HELENA VARTIANEN
Ester, our newborn star, saw the daylight on a warm summer morning in Helsinki. She was eager to meet her family. Giving birth to her was one of the most beautiful moments in my life.
My morning starts with the slow wave of contractions. I know that this could mean a long wait, so I accompany my husband Tommi to our company, the AVA Room‘s office, as he has a customer meeting at 10 am. I call the Kätilöopisto Maternity Hospital, and reserve a room with the birth pool, just in case. Not knowing if our baby is arriving, Tommi and I go to the Kaivopuisto park for a stroll. Having a rare moment to spend with just two of us (and an upcoming baby), we get ice-creams while breathing in the salty air of the sea.
My husband has another customer in Kulosaari area and we start driving to that direction. In the middle of the drive, at 11.40 am., Tommi has a feeling that he should take me to the hospital after all. Arriving at the hospital 12 am., we wait for a midwife to be assigned to me.
At 12.08 am., in our room Tommi turns on the tap and water spills in the pool. In two contractions, my waters break, a sign of labor approaching. With only 10 cm water in the pool, I step in and stay on my knees. Two more contractions and I feel that the baby is coming. I stand up, because there isn’t enough water in the pool yet.
Our baby is born with grace after three contractions, while I was standing in the birthing pool. The clock shows 12.23 am., only 15 minutes has passed since we arrived in our room. So eager to see the world, our baby girl. Six hours after the birth we return home with our precious one. Our relatives give us a visit the same evening and they meet her for the first time.
The birth was beautiful and easy, very much like the character of the baby. We named her Ester Anna Ursula. Ester means a star and refers to the Queen of Persia, who was an exquisite woman in the history. Ursula reminds us of the wonderful morning in the Kaivopuisto park, the day she was born.
My heart is filled with gratitude for the miraculous gift, one more after so many. I cannot help but just gaze upon when I’m feeding her. I love her so much, we all do. We got more than we can ever imagine, the biggest gift in the world.
Helena Vartiainen is a seasoned photographer, designer and a mother of six. Helena documents her family life in her blog called Helenainen.
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