Throughout the past 9 months I have been doing pregnancy progression shoots with this family. So it was fitting that I was able to be there when this little boy was born in the wee hours of Friday morning.
It was a very early morning for M. and by 5:00 pm (when I arrived) she still had a ways to go. Soon after my arrival her water was broken and pitocin was started, so her contractions got pretty intense. By 11:50 she was ready to push and baby R. arrived at 12:35 on Friday morning. M. was a champ and had good control throughout the process and I am continually impressed by the human body and the pain that it endures to give life. C. was a good support through the long night and throughout the contractions, pushing, and after; this little family was strong together.
Stay tuned tomorrow to see R meeting his big sister.
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.
I was privileged to be asked to do another birth photography session. It was something that I knew I wanted to do but as a wife and mother of two young children it was something that I knew would cause me some stress in the planning of what to do with my children. So I planned for the "just in case" scenarios, prayed for the baby to be born on a weekend, and hoped that everyone would be healthy.
Thankfully L. went into labor on a Friday night (hours after her husband got home from a business trip) and I was able to once again make the drive to the hospital to be there for the labor and delivery.
I was amazed at how easy L. made this labor look. She used a TENS machine and hypnobirth and for L. at least, these things worked really well. It was amazing to watch and the skin to skin at the end was beautiful. She had incredible support from her husband and the two midwives and I am so blessed that I was there to capture this amazing event. Thank you L. and J. for this privilege and I look forward to the newborn session with baby S..
This weekend I was given the amazing opportunity to photograph the birth of baby boy B. Birth photography is something that I have been looking more and more into and with each blog that I open I have been yearning to try to capture the anguish, anticipation, and joy that goes on during a birth. I was honored when I was contacted to do this birth and quickly lined up baby sitters for my own children and hoped and prayed that nothing would cause me to miss being there to capture this incredible time for this family.
On Friday K. let me know that she had started contractions and would keep me updated. When the time was right I headed out to the hospital. Thankfully I arrived when I did because this little man came fast and hard. K. had an amazing support in her husband and one thing that he continually reminded her to do was focus. Find your focal point and concentrate on that. Just 2 hours after I arrived little B. came into the world. It was an incredible time and I am glad that I was there to help capture some of the raw emotions.
(I will be posting pictures of my return trip to the hospital less than 24 hours later when big sister got to meet baby B. tomorrow).
Thank you K. and J. for allowing me to be there - the strength that both of you showed was amazing.
Melinda loves photography and hopes this love comes out through her work.