When this couple asked me about birth photography, I was excited about the prospect of doing another birth. I was also very unsure if it was going to fit into my schedule (yes, I am a mom of two young children, and this is a hobby). Anyways, this couple graciously asked if I could make it. If I couldn't make it, they asked if I could take some hospital pictures 24-48 hours later.
R. ended up needing to be induced, which meant I had a better idea of when I would be needed and was able to set up childcare for my children. When I arrived at 11 am, it was 15 hours after her induction. She was well into labor. Thankfully, her epidural was in place. The main thing I love about photographing births is seeing how attentive the partner is and the look of adoration as their loved one endures so much pain to bring a child into this world.
R. was so strong throughout labor. When it was time to push, she did so for almost an hour and a half until baby E. was born. After some medical assistance, mom and baby girl are together and doing well. They will go home together soon.
Thank you R. and J. for allowing me to be a part of this amazing, but difficult, time. You showed much strength and love. I hope the days ahead go smoothly for all three of you.
Melinda loves photography and hopes this love comes out through her work.