Birth photographer, Kayla Reeder, was called to the hospital for one of her clients on the morning of February 14, 2017. Valentine’s Day.

By the time Reeder got there 45 minutes later, Nikki was already dilated nine centimeters.

Kayla Reeder

Reeder documented her client’s birth story on her professional website, K. Reeder Photography, explaining that her client had been in labor for 36 hours with her first child, so it was assumed the second time around might take a little longer.

But shortly after Reeder made it to the hospital, it was time for the laboring mother to push.

Kayla Reeder

Although Nikki’s labor was in full swing for about an hour, Good Housekeeping reports there was an issue.

The baby was positioned sideways.

Reeder told Independent Journal Review that although Nikki had to push a little bit harder due to the baby’s positioning, no additional intervention was necessary.

Both mother and baby ultimately worked their hardest to finally meet each other.

Reeder wrote to IJR:

“Finally Graham made his way into the world! He is BEAUTIFUL. Mama had immediate skin to skin with him and Dad showered them in love. The love and adoration and relief that he was finally here radiated through them. Graham was perfect in every way. Right down to his little cone head.”

Baby Graham’s newborn head molding was “extra dramatic” due to his positioning during birth.

Kayla Reeder

According to Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, newborn head molding occurs during childbirth from the pressure that is placed on the baby’s head.

An oblong shape may occur if the baby is born head first, as the bones in a baby’s head are soft and malleable with gaps between the plates of the bones. These spaces allow for the baby’s head to change shape.

Depending on how long or how much pressure is placed on the head during birth, the skull bones may overlap.

A baby’s head shape may be further distorted due to the collection of blood and fluid under the scalp, which is also common during delivery.

Reeder explained to IJR that since Graham’s head was tilted to the side, the molding wasn’t centered, causing Nikki to push longer than if he were in a different position.

The extreme molding “went down” hours after the baby’s birth, and within a few days his head shape was “perfect.”

Kayla Reeder

According to Hershey Medical Center, babies born breech or via Cesarian section most often have round heads upon delivery, and cautions that very severe head abnormalities are not due to normal molding.

Reeder told IJR that in her client’s case, there was absolutely no cause for alarm or concern in the case of her baby’s head molding, and “in no way” was the delivery traumatic because of it.

Kayla Reeder

Reeder’s last few photos reflect that sentiment exactly.

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