Empowered Hospital Birth Story

It was the Saturday of Labor Day weekend and Hurricane Irma was still out at sea, taunting us here on the North Carolina coast with whether we would or would not be impacted. This incredible fourth time mama was due in a week but she sat down on her birthing ball the night before and decided she was going to go ahead and have this baby (her fourth baby girl!) before the hurricane came. 

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Joyous Family Focused Birth Center Birth, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Fatu labored and delivered surrounded by family and friends at Roots Community Birth Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I was called in around 7 am, arrived at 8 after taking a quick shower and packing my bags, and spent the next 12 hours holding space, documenting, and supporting Fatu and the many loving supporters who joined her throughout her long labor. Fatu was strong and patient throughout her long intervention-free labor and watching the room erupt in cheers and tears when Robyn finally joined us was an experience I'll remember forever. Welcome to the world, Robyn!

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The Placenta & Cord

As birth photographers, we are witness to many aspects of the body, both inside and out.  We are invited to document the transition a woman goes through while growing a baby, laboring to bring baby earth side, opening her body to birth a child, and finally, nurturing and caring for her newborn while healing her body.  While each mother's story is unique and unpredictable, there are some constants.  One of those fascinating parts of the story is the growth and development of a completely new organ that is the life supply for the growing baby: the placenta and cord.  It may seem odd to be in awe of a bloody, meaty organ, but for many of us, we truly find it to be beautiful.  

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Plagiarism Defined

Somebody took my personal bio statements and posted them on her website. That situation was remedied, however I wanted to make sure people knew and understood what the proper boundaries are for using words and content from others; many people do so probably a bit innocently so this should provide some clarity. 

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A Letter to Health Care Providers

No matter where we live and work as Birth Photographers there will be times when we arrive to a birth space and the Health Care Providers on shift have not worked with us or any Birth Photographer previously. Where I live this is almost always the case. Birth Photography is only starting to grow here in Winnipeg and as one of only a few professionals documenting births here I truly believe that an important part of our role is to not only educate and set our clients at ease but to also help to educate and set the professionals we are working closely with at ease.

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A Light Filled Pensacola Homebirth

Home birth hasn't been available in Pensacola for a few years. The last home birth midwife we had retired right about the time I was beginning to carve out place for myself in the birth photography niche. Earlier this year, a team of midwives opened a new practice and began offering home births again. So the birth of baby Alice was the first home birth and first water birth I had ever attended.

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