I learn something from every birth I attend. The birthing process continues to surprise me and I am always humbled by how much I don’t know. This mama was known for birthing fast and she was a record hour and a half away from me. We had talked beforehand and I told her I was worried about making it in time (her last birth was 2 hours start to finish). She told me it was okay for me to bring my kids if I needed to, she swore she didn’t mind noise and enjoys a full, noisy house. When I got the call in the middle of the night that it was time, I sort of panicked. I made the decision to take my youngest with me (my husband could get the big kid off to school without my help) and we took of on a night ride together. The moon was REALLY bright, it was the “supermoon.” My son and I had a peaceful drive until we got off the interstate. We turned right instead of left and I was trying to get directions off my iphone, I somehow missed the speed limit sign. So, at 4 in the morning, I was being pulled over with a very awake and confused toddler in my backseat. Luckily, when I told the officer I was on my way to a homebirth and totally lost, he helped me get oriented in the right direction and was nice enough to issue me a warning instead of a ticket (thank GOD!). When I got there, mom was rolling right along, happy enough to converse between contractions. She said she felt like she was in transition and maybe feeling a bit pushy. I was sure I had heard her wrong. How on earth was she sitting here so calm and happy in transition?! I looked at the midwives, wondering if there was a secret code I was missing. A bit later, she felt ready to push and I was still confused by her calmness and the ease with which she seemed to be laboring. I’ve seen some awesomely calm mamas, but she still seemed to be in early labor, by my judgement. Sure enough, a few minutes after starting to push, she reached down and lifted her own baby girl up on her chest. Her oldest son was sitting behind me, cheering loudly, her younger son cuddled with his grandpa. Even my son was walking in and out of the room, happily playing with the boys toys and surprisingly oblivious to the fact a new life was entering the world. Mama turned out to be totally right, she was happy be surrounded by family and friends, both in the room and via skype. It was amazing and beautiful and perfect
This St. Patrick’s Day wedding was such a beautiful celebration! Revelers cheered while we took bridal pictures downtown. The ceremony took place at St Mary’s Chapel and the groom even surprised his new bride with a horse-drawn carriage ride to the reception. The reception party included a photo booth, candy bar, lots of St Patty’s themed decor, and dancing all night long. Best Wishes, Franklin & Jana and thanks for allowing me to be part of your gorgeous wedding day!
All of the births I attend are special, but this one has been one of the most life altering, amazing births I’ve ever attended. I was the doula for this birth as well as the photographer and the parents were trying for a VBA2C (2 previous cesareans) with the help of 2 amazing midwives and an incredible OB. She started her birth at the birth center where she was able to labor quietly and peacefully. We shared many laughs and lots of good energy in that room. Once it was clear that her labor was reaching a new phase, we headed to the hospital a few minutes down the road. Once there, pushing commenced in earnest. Watching such a powerful mama, a loving husband and an awesome care team rally around them was a huge honor! After a few hours, it was determined that baby was just not coming down, despite every single effort by everyone in attendance. Once it was decided there would be a csection, I got very nervous. As her doula, I wanted to be with her the whole time, but while I’ve been invited to several sections, I have not once ever been allowed in. This tiny hospital is filled with a compassionate staff, however, and they were happy to let me in the OR. Watching little (well, actually, she was quite large!) A make her way into the world was mind blowing. The staff went above and beyond to make sure mama got to hold her right away. This was the most natural birth cesarean ever! Mama had a fully natural, drug free labor up until it was time for the section, she got to hold her baby first thing, no one poked her or prodded her, as she was doing just fine in her mama’s arms. Daddy got to hold her skin to skin shortly after while Mama was in recovery and they did the newborn exam in the room with him. This baby didn’t have anyone’s hands (including the doctor’s) on her that didn’t love her from the get-go. Although knowing that my client ended up with a 3rd section took an emotional toll on all of us, I think we all had to grieve a bit first and then revel and celebrate in the gorgeous birth that was the result. From what I understand, it was the first “‘natural cesarean” at this hospital and hopefully it will lay the groundwork for many more. I got to visit little A a few weeks later and she was happily nursing and enjoying her older siblings. We are planning another visit soon and I’m counting the days until I can kiss those fat cheeks!
When my friend Elissa asked me to photograph her wedding, I was so incredibly honored! We met each other working at an internship about a decade ago! I had not met Tim yet, as he lived in another state, so of course, I was looking forward to scoping him out on the wedding day. I needn’t have worried, he is so kind and so sweet and the perfect match for Elissa. Every time they kissed on their special day, you could just see how much they loved each other. I’m so happy for them and so grateful to have been part of their special day!
Jana was referred to me by a previous client and when we met to do her bridals, it was like meeting an old friend. She was up for anything, totally willing to sit on her gorgeous dress in a a patch of green grass (don’t panic, we put a white sheet underneath her to protect the dress), was happy to go anywhere and do anything. We had a blast and she took so many amazing pictures, it was hard for me to pick a favorite!
Baby Levi was born at home at 42 weeks and 2 days gestation!!!! His mama was such a trooper, she kept a good attitude until the very end. This birth may have been the longest wait yet, as I was hired to shoot this birth when Mom was newly pregnant. It was well worth it and Levi is a gorgeous little guy!
What can I say? I’m an awful blogger! Maybe just posting once a month would be more helpful? I’m gonna try it and see!
This birth was so fun to attend! Mom has easy labors up until transition, so we spent plenty of time joking around, talking to her midwife and just enjoying her birth. Baby was ready to come when they decided to get back in the pool and out she came a few minutes later! Her big brother was so excited to meet her soon after she arrived. This birth warmed my heart, so glad I could be there for it!