She Danced Her Twins Out

I first met Bronwen at her home when she was already heavily pregnant with Monochrionic twins, which means identical twins who share a placenta and have their own sacs. Instead of choosing the routine caesarean that is the norm in these cases, Bronwen wanted not only a vaginal birth but a beautiful and positive one. When she researched mono twin births she couldn't find any positive stories, films or image. So she decided to document her own experience and share it with other women planning a twin birth. And to my great pleasure, she contacted me and asked me to capture her story for her. And I'm so glad she did. With the constant and loving support of her partner, Sam and her doula, Patricia, she had the beautiful birth she dreamed of. Seeing her overcome every obstacle she faced and bring her babies to her babies so instinctively was such an incredible experience and one I will never forget. 

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Beautiful HBAC (Homebirth After Cesarean)

This birth was one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever captured. The Parsons spent so much time prepping for their 2nd birth, which they hoped would be an HBAC (Homebirth after cesarean.) It was really important to them for everyone in attendance to believe in their ability to birth their baby. Tanya's first birth experience ended in an unplanned hospital transfer and crash cesarean. It left her with a lot of emotions to work through, and this birth experience was extremely important in helping with that.

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UK Surrogacy Birth

I had the immense pleasure of capturing a UK surrogacy birth this year. Working with this incredible team was absoultely fantastic. Documenting the surrogate Antoina who is also a midwife blew me away.

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How Far I've Come

Before starting the Birth Becomes Her course, I was afraid. I was afraid to get "the shot". I was afraid to rearrange things in the delivery room if I needed to. I was afraid of how the family would act with me being in the room with them. I was afraid to use flash! You should never be afraid to use flash.

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Canadian Beach Labor / Cottage Birth

Mama laboured for over 26 hrs and had a vision of walking the shore up and down. October in Canada can be tricky but Mama got her wish and the weather was perfect. After we left the beach we went walking all over her village and stopped at her favorite Artisan bakery where we picked up some fresh sourdough then headed back to her cottage for homemade butternut soup. A little while later with all her children by her side, this beautiful family welcomed baby #5 in a small cottage in the middle of nowhere.

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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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