Heather lay in a tub of warm water while her husband Joe smoothes over her forehead during a contraction early Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2005. Contractions are a natural clock. They become more intense and frequent signaling the birth of the baby is near. The Mayers strive for a natural mood with candles providing light. Joe sprays an organic mist and voices are low. Music plays softly in the background. It is important to the Mayers that their baby is brought into a calm, soothing, and natural environment.