…the best mantra & the perfect words to describe the beautiful birth of their second baby boy. A long and challenging labor…and it was truly inspiring to witness her work through the pain in such a peaceful and meditative way. Nothing short of amazing. A phenomenal woman! And my, what pillars of strength her birth team was. The way they helped her through the many painful hours with so much love and devotion, it was so very beautiful. And lil ol me, bearing witness to this miracle, I’m truly, truly blessed to have been selected to document this special time :) Please click below and view their slideshow.
…a beautiful and amazing miracle. What a gorgeous baby boy! What a lucky little boy to have so much love surrounding him! Mommy & daddy are truly smitten and in love with each other. They have such a strong energy that radiated around them. And grandma….what an awesome grandma! I could tell that mommy & grandma have a deep connection that extends beyond words. It was truly heartwarming to see how in tune they are with each other. So much love! What an honor and blessing it was to be present at their birth :)
…to have an even faster birth. Her last baby came fast, but this one came even faster! It really amazes me how much quicker labor & delivery tends to be when you’ve already had your first baby. All of the births I have photographed where mom is having her 2nd or 3rd baby have gone extremely fast. Although one would think that a fast labor & delivery is “better”, I think otherwise, as far as pain goes. True, it is less pain to have to endure as far as timing is concerned, BUT, because it is so fast, the pain is that much more intense (in my opinion). You figure that your body is working double time to move your baby down and the pain….unreal. Even with my 2nd baby, the labor & delivery were VERY fast. Like, eons faster than with my first…but man, the pain was much, much, much worse. Maybe because it was not gradual pain. It just hit like a ton of bricks at once and contractions came back to back to back. Right on top of each other. Eeek. My baby was a little over 6 pounds. So get this – this mommy’s baby was 9 pounds 8 ounces! Wow! Her 3rd baby. Extremely fast and intense labor & delivery. No meds, no intervention. All natural. I know, major, major, MAJOR big ups to her. What an amazing woman! Really! She is so strong…and brave. And, she is the sweetest, loveliest person you will ever meet. Lucky? Yes, I am really lucky to be doing what I do. On top of the incredible labor & delivery – her sweet baby had to go to the NICU when he was born. My heart sank for her because she just wanted to snuggle him and take in all of the amazingness of her newborn…but instead they wheeled him off to the NICU :( So, when she told me he was finally home, I was beyond happy…such a relief knowing that he was better & getting to spend time with his mommy. Here is the story of her baby’s birth in photos :) I am humbled. I am thankful that they allowed me to document their unforgettable journey.
to start the New Year than with the birth of a beautiful baby boy! What an amazing experience it was to photograph their c-section. Birth is truly a breathtaking, indescribable event. The emotions I feel from behind the camera hit me like a ton of bricks every time. Especially this time because I delivered both of my babies at this very hospital! What an awesome team of nurses and doctors – they took such great care of mama (who experienced lots of blood loss which meant she had to be under close observation). She was such a trooper and it was an honor to be present at their baby boy’s birth. He is a gorgeous baby indeed!
Last night was a very special night. Two sweet little girls finally got to meet their baby brother. Mommy and daddy got to hold their first son. A loving family experienced the miracle of a baby being born. It was beautiful :)
Welcome to this big world! Born just a few days before Valentine’s Day :) What a perfect, perfect little gift. When I got home from this birth, I peeked in at my sleeping son (who just turned three), and stood in awe for a bit. After witnessing the miracle of childbirth only hours before, I remembered just how small he was three years ago. How do our babies grow up so fast? How is it that when I look at him, I still see the tiny little boy that I cradled in my arms at the hospital? Parenthood is such an amazing journey…and I feel so, so lucky to be able to capture these fleeting moments for families. And oh my, would you look at this sweet boy? He is just gorgeous! That shouldn’t really come as a surprise though – look at how beautiful mommy is!
Congratulations to the family for an awesome, natural water birth at home! Women are just amazing, amazing!
I can’t think of a more amazing way to start a new year than with new life! There’s something just indescribable about the energy you feel when a baby is born – it’s magical, beautiful, breathtaking. This sweet angel definitely captivated the hearts of her mommy, daddy…and grandparents (and me)! She’s such a calm and content little girl — perhaps it’s because she’s still taking in all of this big world since her birth was super fast (her mommy’s labor was so intense and quick, she went from 5cm to baby being born in under an 1 hour 19 minutes!) No doubt, baby is a sweetheart and mommy is just amazing! I can’t even imagine how intense her labor must have felt. I mean, to go from 5cm to pushing in an hour?! It must have felt like 1 hour looong contraction that never let up! Amazing. Simply amazing how phenomenal the female body is…and the sheer magic of bringing new life into the world. Welcome sweet baby girl! It was so nice to meet you and I can’t wait to see you again for our newborn session! And congratulations to the beautiful family!
Every time I photograph a birth (especially a birth as intense & beautiful as their baby’s birth) I have a renewed sense of amazement of how phenomenal and miraculous childbirth really is. People often ask me why I photograph births…and how I can stand to be in the room when something (in some people’s eyes) not so pretty is going on. My response always includes an explanation of how I feel that childbirth is one of the most natural, beautiful things one can ever experience. I personally think it’s a beautiful thing, and that a mother’s beauty is unmatched when she is bringing a new life into the world – with strength, passion, love….The moments in time you are able to freeze frame and isolate are those you never want to forget – and I want my families to have these to look back on forever. You can explain what it’s like to become a parent for the first time, or explain what it was like the first time you laid eyes on your child…but sometimes, words aren’t enough. When my son was born, I found it to be very difficult to explain all that I felt when I first saw him – and I think it’s the same for many other parents.
Here’s a perfect example (press play below to view Breyker’s Birth Day)…UPDATE 4/2014: You can view the birth of their second son HERE.