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.
Finally there was enough water for Mama to get in the tub and labor the way she had envisioned.I love this image. It is so simple but it speaks volumes.I 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.It wasn’t long after Mama was able to get into the tub that baby John made his debut!
That one on the right is a favorite. So much love and relief in that image.
I 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.
Proud big sisterThe connection in this image- Love it!I just want to kiss his cheeks!Proud PapaAnother favorite. So much to be thankful for.Being invited to document such an intimate experience is such an honor. I am thankful for the opportunity I have to capture and share these stories.
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