"My birth story isn’t the one I wanted, but nevertheless, it’s mine. It’s real, it’s raw, it’s emotional, and it’s one that I’ll never forget.
I had planned a birth full of love and harmony, peacefulness and calmness. I wanted a water birth and prepared for it by taking a Hypnobirthing class and Bradley Method class. My husband and I were on board to learn as much as possible about birth and how to deliver a baby as naturally as possible. I talked about natural, unmedicated birth to anyone who would listen and wrote about it online.
Olive was born on a beautiful spring day in her home in Central Oregon. She was welcomed by her parents Simon and Rebekah, and her big brother Peter.
The midwives at Bend Birth Center arrived only a few minutes before me, and Rebekah gave birth to Olive just 30 minutes after I arrived in a birthing tub in their bedroom. This was my first birth, and I couldn't believe how incredible it was. I pulled the camera away from my face just after Rebekah gave birth to find tears streaming down my own face.
C endured a long labor and one very long plateau at 9cm but as the heart rates and oxygen of both mom and baby became worrisome her sweet husband was by her side. He literally didn't sit down more than once throughout the 14 hours of labor. He spoke words of encouragement and stirred within C the strength to push through.
The backroads of Placerville, CA were dark and flooded as I made my way to this peaceful countryside homebirth. I quietly let myself in and found the sweet mom of soon to be three laboring quietly downstairs. The midwife and her student arrived shortly after, after taking a break to nourishing themselves. Things began to progress quite quickly from there.
This was Amiah's 4th delivery and she hired me to document her home birth early on. I am normally on call from week 36 until delivery. She didn't deliver until week 42, so as you can imagine, I was on pins and needles waiting for her call.
I also photographed her previous birth and her labors are all very quick, so I knew that I needed to head straight for the hospital as soon as I got the call. Her water broke naturally and we met their newest addition within about 2 hours. (And he was covered in more vernix than I have ever seen!)
After several years of battling an autoimmune disease and waiting for remission to start trying for a baby, my first two pregnancies ended in miscarriage. Little Miss Austin is truly our rainbow baby and our most beautiful answered prayer.
This is one of the most incredible Orlando, Florida births I have been privy to be apart of. Mama labored like a warrior at home and delivered her baby standing in the shower. Each birth I have documented has been so different from the last, and this birth story is no exception. There were many points during labor where I wanted to put my camera down, and help any way I could... but I knew mama had an amazing support team, and there was nothing I could do for her that her team wasn't already doing.
Corey and Sasha already had the perfect little family with their gorgeous little girl and handsome little boy... but life threw them a bitty surprise and then came Silas, a sweet baby boy to complete their already beautiful family!
Yet another beautiful success birth story. A mother giving birth to her second child relies on the help of her husband and doula to get her through the most powerful moments of the life. Delivering a perfect baby girl named Lily in the water this story has become known as "Water Lily".
My birth story begins 3 years ago while pregnant with my first born (a daughter) when at 35 weeks, after a completely uneventful, straightforward and healthy pregnancy, we discovered my baby girl was in a Frank breech position.
As birth photographers, we get to witness our clients do something incredible. To capture a person giving birth is to capture the pinnacle of human strength, perseverance, and beauty. But we also watch something else incredible - we watch and capture the love and support of midwives.
My name is Ashley. I am 24 years old. I am married to my best friend Leo, and we both are military. After continuous tries, and even losing faith, we found out we were expecting our precious blessing back in February.
When you are with a naturally laboring mother for more than fifty hours, observing the most intimate and intense experience that is childbirth, you come to know her profound strength and beauty in an exceptional way.
I woke up to a call from my clients around 4am and was quickly passing over the Bay Bridge. The city felt empty and dark, but as I approached their home I was greeted by a warm glow from their kitchen window.