A Family Centered Birth Party in Winnipeg, Canada by Elliana Gilbert

Elliana is one of the most talented new birth photographers and I'm inspired by her unique perspective.  She captures the raw emotion and connection of this sweet family and all of the special moments, both big and small.  I especially love the sweet siblings watching over their mother and peering into the water and can't wait to share more of her work! 

Photographer: Elliana Gilbert

Website: www.ellianagilbert.ca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ellianaphotog

Instagram: @ellianagilbertphotography

In late September, I had the supreme pleasure and honour of attending the birth of my client Brianna. It had been a very busy day for me already...as I was out in the countryside doing fall family sessions with 3 separate families, when I got the call. Thankfully, I got the call towards the end of my final session...but I was still terrified that I would miss this baby being born.... since this was their 3rd baby, and Brianna's first 2 progressed so efficiently. My back-up photographer was called as well, and we were both en route to Brianna's home - about 70 kilometers away from where I finished my last session. I drove as quickly as I could get away with... and when I got there, my back-up photographer had arrived as well. Christel offered to stay as a second shooter, purely voluntarily, so the offer was made to Brianna and Brianna welcomed it! So there we were, both of us unloading our gear and getting our cameras on.... and as we opened our eyes and ears and really took in the environment.... we were absolutely amazed at what we had stepped into.

This was a full on Birthday party and Birth party. Music was playing. Countless people were buzzing about, chatting, laughing, brewing coffee, filling up and rotating pots with water to boil, pouring the water into the birth pool, playing with Brianna's kids, Brianna's husband being so incredibly supportive, juggling socializing with the family, supporting her during contractions, being an attentive dad to their young kids, and helping out wherever and whenever extra help was needed. The midwives had arrived and were all set up at one end of the room, and were buzzing about as well, laughing, cracking jokes, and just fitting in so well with the festive, busy but happy atmosphere. Brianna's birth playlist was just phenomenal... it set a really beautiful, earthy tone to an evening that was entirely about camaraderie, family, togetherness, courage, resilience, determination, power, new life, and above all else.... LOVE.