Welcoming Baby John: Asheville Birth Photographer

This sweet baby boy is six months old already!  I don’t know how that happened but I decided I better get his birth story on the blog before he leaves home! I don’t even know where to begin with this birth.  It was magical! Mama had planned to have a water birth outside at her home.  I was out of town days before she was due and I was just crossing my fingers the entire time that I would be the one to attend and document her birth.  Thankfully, baby John was down with that too!  I rolled into town, managed to unpack and do laundry even, before Mama called Friday evening around 10:00 to let me know there “might” be a baby coming that night but not to come yet. I think she was still just a bit in denial.  She was talking through her contractions though and seemed to think we had some time.  I finished gathering everything I would need to document her birth story and then headed her way.  By the time I arrived, there was no question baby was coming.  And soon!  Jessica, her amazing doula, was helping Kelly through her contractions while Dad finished setting up the birthing tub outside.  The incredible midwives from New Dawn Midwifery were there, getting set up and ready for baby too.

Asheville Birth and Newborn Phtographer Destinee Blau Photography_0366Asheville Birth and Newborn Phtographer Destinee Blau Photography_0367Finally there was enough water for Mama to get in the tub and labor the way she had envisioned.Asheville Birth and Newborn Phtographer Destinee Blau Photography_0368Asheville Birth and Newborn Phtographer Destinee Blau Photography_0369I love this image.  It is so simple but it speaks volumes.Asheville Birth and Newborn Phtographer Destinee Blau Photography_0370I love to see this “village” of people who were there to support and hold space for Kelly.  Her oldest daughter was there the entire time, helping and waiting.Asheville Birth and Newborn Phtographer Destinee Blau Photography_0371Asheville Birth and Newborn Phtographer Destinee Blau Photography_0372Asheville Birth and Newborn Phtographer Destinee Blau Photography_0373It wasn’t long after Mama was able to get into the tub that baby John made his debut!
Asheville Birth and Newborn Phtographer Destinee Blau Photography_0374That one on the right is a favorite.  So much love and relief in that image.
Asheville Birth and Newborn Phtographer Destinee Blau Photography_0375I love how these images can stop time and bring those moments back.  As a laboring woman, there is so much that you miss because you are so deeply involved with bringing a child to the world.  It’s incredible to be able to look back at images from your birth story and see the love and support that surrounded you during the hard work.  It’s amazing for Mama’s to be able to look back and see how strong they are, even in their vulnerability.
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