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Introducing Sylvie Riel Hummingbird Kresser


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I’m happy to announce that my wife Elanne gave birth at 9:44pm on July 23, 2011 to a beautiful baby girl.

Sylvie was born at home (in our bed, as a matter of fact!) weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces.

She’s healthy and doing very well as she explores this wide world outside the womb, and is diligently perfecting her breastfeeding technique.

Elanne and I are tired, as expected, but overflowing with joy and wonder. All the cliches are true – but don’t come close to expressing the reality of what it’s like to bring a child into the world and meet her for the first time. Of course all of you who are parents know exactly what I’m talking about.

I’m taking some time off from seeing patients and everything else I do to bond with Sylvie, rest and find a rhythm in this new family configuration. I do have a blog post I wrote before Sylvie’s birth I may post next week, but other than that things will be pretty quiet around here until I return to half-time work on August 8th.

In this quite space I’ve also had time to reflect on how fortunate I am to have such a passionate, engaged and supportive audience here on the blog, on my podcast and on Twitter and Facebook. I feel honored to be able to do this work and share it with you all, and I’m so grateful for your presence in this community.

I’ll leave you with a few more pictures… daddy has to change a dirty diaper!




  1. Congratulations from another home-birthing mother of four, all grown now. Sylvie is gorgeous! It has been such a treat to share your journey through your blog and podcasts. I look forward to sharing more of your healthy skepticism.

  2. So neat! Nice healthy weight too! What a precious blessing she is.

    We just watched that documentary that Ricki Lake made called “The Business of Being Born”.

    They explore the differences between home births and hospital births.

    Ya dunn good Chris (and Elanne).

  3. Chris and Elanne, congrats, and welcome to the world, Sylvie. Enjoy a slow, quiet babymoon, it does whizz by so quickly. And i understand the cliches…I remember when my first child was born I kept telling everyone that I couldn’t believe how beautiful he was, he was like a gift of light, so perfect and tiny and passive and sweet. ENJOY!!
    love from liz

  4. Just beautiful! Congratulations, I am so pleased to hear that the birth at home went well. Enjoy and have fun 🙂