I was so honored to attend Arya's birth! I love it when there is a lot of family present. The excitement is contagious! There were grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, a big brother and more. The room was literally filled with love. I watched grandpa lovingly kiss his granddaughter followed by big brother not wanting to let go of her. I think this little girl will have plenty of family to watch her grow!
I was so excited to be invited back to document the birth of a new boy into this awesome family. They are so fun to work with and this mama is a ROCKSTAR at birthing her babies. So much so that we nearly missed catching this little one as he flew into the world. As always, it was a gorgeous birth and and even more beautiful baby. Welcome sweet Tiago!
I was thrilled to be a part of this sweet couple's birth. They were expecting a "surprise" and were so excited when they met their son for the first time! Mom and dad were a fabulous team during labor. I especially love it when a couple has a ton of family waiting on the arrival of the baby. This was no exception! Everyone, grandparent's, aunts, uncles, friends, etc were all waiting for this baby to arrive. The excitement was contagious! It was an honor to be there to welcome this sweet baby.
While I usually just blog images from a birth and let them tell the story, this birth needs a little narration! I attended the birth of this family's first baby two years ago. Her birth was a typical first birth... she took her sweet time, but mom did beautifully staying relaxed and calm and had a gorgeous natural birth.
Fast forward two years. They were planning another natural hospital birth. I woke at 4:07am to a phone call from mom saying she was in labor! She sounded so calm, but when a contraction kicked in, she was working. Dad said they were coming less than a minute apart. The biggest thing I can say as a birth worker is to listen to your gut. Seriously. So my gut was screaming "RUN!!!" I literally threw on my clothes, grabbed my equipment and hoped in the car. I was on the road by 4:20. At 4:23 I get a text saying "Water broke. Moving fast. Meet us at the hospital" I am ZOOMING along the tollway as fast as I safely can, knowing that I still have 25 minutes to get there. Not more than a few minutes pass before I get a call from Mom saying, slightly panicked that she needs to push. After a quick check with Dad, he says he can't see head and really wants to try and get to the hospital. I tell them to go right NOW. I drive a little faster.
So I pull into the hospital and head straight for the ER entrance. Being an experienced birth photographer and doula, I know that we always enter the ER at night. Plus we had discussed prenatally the plan if we needed to meet at the hospital. I am so glad we did! So I pull up to the ER and see their car parked in front. I pull into the first spot, grab my gear and run to their car. I see staff coming from the front door and mom in the back seat. A quick update reveals that mom is pushing in the back seat.
So we start to open the doors and allow the hospital staff room to do their thing. There is some discussion about whether they have time to get mom inside the hospital or not. Meanwhile, dad is telling mom she is doing an amazing job and she was! She was so calm and collected and truly in touch with her baby and body. Loved it!
So the decide that there is no way this baby is going to wait. As another contraction begins, the doc gloves up in preparation for a baby to arrive! He was so calm and did a beautiful job just letting mom have a baby.
Adrian Jacob arrives perfectly! He cries, pinks up and is just beautiful. They clamp and cut the cord right there since mom won't be able to get out of the car otherwise. Even in all the chaos, the staff thought enough to ask dad if he wanted to cut the cord. I was very impressed with their attentiveness to those little details that matter to parents.
They hand Adrian off to the other staff and I could have cried right there as dad whips off his shirt in the middle of the parking lot so that me can do skin to skin with his son immediately after birth. Dad of the year. Seriously.
Adrian reaches out for dad and says hello!
After getting mom settled on the gurney, they ask that Adrian ride on mom. They immediately state that they need to be skin to skin to keep baby nice and warm. More points for the staff on that one. So we load everyone up and head for labor and delivery.
Mom has a moment or two to bond with him while we wait on an elevator.
Traffic jam in the hallway (busy night, apparently) and dad joins in the bonding moment.
Finally getting settled into the room and feeling a little less chaotic. Mom is on cloud nine on how easy and beautiful that was. She is amazing! Adrian takes a moment to get to know his mama...
And his photographer and her camera...
Wait... I wasn't really sleeping!
As we were sitting there enjoying this sweet babe, mom's iphone reminder her that he was due tomorrow. We all had a good laugh!
Mom felt so great that she even got up to watch Adrian get his bath. She kept commenting on how amazing she felt!
Grandma and big sister arrived shortly after! They were so excited to meet the new arrival...
Finally had everyone together in bed again just in time for the morning news. When your labor is only 1 hours and 40 minutes total, you can go about your day as regularly scheduled. What a beautiful family... I am soooo excited for you guys and honored (and grateful) that I was able to document this time for you!
I have had the honor of photographing every birth of this sweet family and was so excited to be there to welcome baby number three. It was a beautiful birth and while I never do images in color, I just couldn't help myself on a few of these. I just love how they turned out. Such a beautiful family!
I was so excited when I found out this sweet family was expecting again. I had photographed the birth of William a few years back and couldn't wait to meet the newest edition. I was out the door in the middle of the night only to walk into the birth 20 seconds after sweet Samantha was born. Everyone was shocked to see how quickly Miss Samantha wanted to be in this world! I am just so glad I made it when I did to capture these precious moments.
So this sweet family has had to wait very patiently to see their birth sneak peeks since the server transfer managed to take down the blog! We are back up and running and I am so excited to share the arrival of Spencer. What a sweet and CHUNKY little man he is and I am honored to have been there for his speedy arrival. Mom and Dad were an amazing team and mom was able to acheive her desired birth. Welcome, Spencer! You are a lucky boy to have such a beautiful family!
I was so excited to help welcome this little man into the world. This sweet family has six girls at home and were overjoyed to discover baby number 7 was a boy! I was blessed to be there when they had their 6th daughter, so it was so much fun to be there again. Little Joshua came out strong and mighty and had an opinion for sure. He may have been on the smaller side, but he wasn't going to let that stop him. He is just simply delicious and I can only imagine he is never set down with all those sisters wanting to love on him all the time. Congrats, you guys! He is in the best home!
I was so excited to have a client go into labor on Turkey day and even more excited that it happened in the wee hours of the morning so I didn't have to miss the feast! I was honored to attend this peaceful and beautiful birth and see a mom so calm and relaxed bring her sweet son into the world. It was the perfect way to spend Thanksgiving. Mr. Samuel arrived weighing 2 lbs bigger than his sister and oh was he cute! I can't wait to get my hands on him again for our newborn session! Enjoy!
I had the honor of photographing Caleb's birth! I was a little worried about making to the hospital in time since he was number 3 and his brother and sister had arrived very quickly. Thankfully it all worked out perfectly. He came when he was ready and we were all ready for him! Not only was the birth beautiful, but he was too! Not to mention a little chunkier than we thought he would be. His mom and dad were so thrilled to meet him and it was a pleasure to get to photograph their first moments together.
I was so excited to be at this birth and even though it was intense and a lot of work for mama, it was also full of laughter and joyous tears. It was so beautiful to watch this mama and papa bring their second son into the world. Not only is he just a sweet and handsome addition to the family, but I know he will be so loved. I am excited to share these photos, especially since they have family in Europe who I am sure are anxious to see the newest addition!
I was so excited to get the call to come to this sweet girl's birth. I was glad I left to go when I did, because when I got there, mom was already pushing! This sweet girl was in a hurry to arrive. Mom did an amazing job bringing her into the world and Dad was right there the whole time. Big brother was THRILLED to meet Ainsley once he woke from a deep sleep. Overall, a beautiful and calm homebirth where Ainsley was surrounded by love.
Words can't express the honor it was to be at this birth. Sweet Mercy was diagnosed with Trisomy 13 and was not expected to live. I was there to document the time they had with her and to share in the joy and sorrow of her birth. I was honored. Everything went smoothly and the staff at the hospital was really wonderful. The best part is Mercy is still with her family. They know she won't last too much longer, but every minute they get to share with her is truly a gift from God.