Arya's Preterm Birth Story

Every birth I photograph is memorable. They all touch my heart and they all make an impact on me. But this birth was one I will never ever forget.

When Lynette got in touch with me, she told me she was due in March but would likely deliver in February. I'll be honest, MOST moms who contact me think they'll go early, so I tend to take it with a grain of salt. However, this time was different. Lynette had a history of preterm babies. We met for coffee and one week later, she texted me. Her water had broken. She was 34.5 weeks. 

They let a few days pass and then on February 1st, began induction. When Lynette touched base with me that morning, she told me that contractions were already 3 minutes apart, but not painful. Knowing how induction can often cause contractions to be back to back, I wasn't surprised and assumed I'd have quite a bit of time. I only decided to head out early because I wanted to avoid rush hour and shift change traffic at the hospital. It's a good thing I did.

I arrived at the hospital around 6:45, BARELY missing shift change! Lynette was still chatty and in good spirits. Her husband and two year old son were keeping her company. Not long after I arrived, Dad decided to grab Starbucks for breakfast. He jokingly told Lynette not to have a baby while he was gone, but she was still moving around and talking through contractions, so we weren't worried. 

Lynette sat on the labor ball and I could see her demeanor change. She suddenly was struggling through contractions and decided to move back to the bed. She paged a nurse for help. I nearly told her not to worry and that I'd help her get in bed, but figured the button was already pushed. Again, it's a good thing she pushed the button.

Immediately after getting into bed, Lynette felt the urge to push. Dad was still getting Starbucks, there was one nurse in the room, in addition to me and her two year old. The nurse paged for other staff. A doctor hustled in and began washing his hands, but by that point, the baby was already out. The nurse caught her baby girl and placed her on Lynette's chest. 

Lynette was given a few moments of skin to skin and allowed to delay clamping the umbilical cord, but it was soon time for baby to move to the warmer for some exams and extra help. Dad still hadn't made it back, so Lynette cut the cord herself while I took photos with her son on my hip. 

Finally, Dad returned, Starbucks in hand. A nurse congratulated him before he even realized what was going on. You can see below that he was rather shocked.

I was able to accompany Dad as Arya was transferred to the NICU where she was weighed and given the help she needed. Lynette was given time to express breastmilk and blew the NICU staff away with the amount of colostrum she pumped! Then, she headed over to the NICU for some lovely bonding time. 

Last I heard, Arya was improving quickly. Congratulations, Lynette and family!

You can see the video of Arya's birth story below!

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The Cesarean Birth of Bella Rayne

Sometimes things don't go quite as planned. And sometimes a kind nurse steps in and snaps photos in the OR. This couple waited for years to meet their beautiful baby girl. There were so many visitors and phone calls while we waited for her to make her arrival. The love and excitement was real. Mom labored for hours, but when she didn't progress, she bravely went in for a c-section. Her sweet nurse had experienced multiple c-sections of her own and was so kind to pep-talk this mama and calm her fears. You'll see the emotion in her eyes as she shares her encouragement. Another lovely nurse stepped in to capture some photos of the delivery, which are included below.

While Mom was finishing up in the OR, I was fortunate enough to be there as Dad shared a quiet moment with his new daughter. She locked eyes with him as she held his finger in her tiny hand and he spoke gently to her while the nurse did the exam.

I hope someday to be invited into the operating room for a c-section delivery, but am so glad I was able to document the day from start to finish and that this nurse filled in the gaps where I could not. Be sure to scroll all the way down to see the full day as a beautiful slideshow. Make sure you have tissues nearby!

 

 

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Think Birth Photography is Gross?

So, you think birth photography is gross?

photographing a mother giving birth at home.

You don’t want photos of how much pain you were in? “Why would anyone want pictures of their vagina!?” We need to talk. Birth photography isn’t about your lady parts. It’s not about the physiological process of birth. You know what it is about? How your partner supported you and how comforted and loved you felt just by his/her presence.

The emotion in the eyes of your loved one when she met your new baby for the first time. How your partner was moved to tears at the sight of his first child.

when you meet your baby, you should have a birth photographer to capture the moment.

It's about those itty bitty details of your newborn that change so quickly and the memories of them that fade with time...
 

Did you know that I rarely have graphic photos on my camera after a birth? Did you know you can see the moment a baby is born and the photo can still be safe-for-work? I strive to tell a story with my birth photos. Labor amnesia is real. It’s easy to forget how things looked and how the day's events played out. Your memories get foggy, but photos are timeless. There are many many tender expressions from your partner that you’ll never know of… the deep, raw, emotional ones where you can see the love in their face. I want your birth story to be told through images that you can share with family and friends and I want you to be able to show your child someday, how very strong you were, mama, and how very loved he is.

Let's talk about how we can work together to preserve the little, powerful moments that change your life. I would be so honored to be your birth photographer.

photo of dad soothing his baby after a hospital birth