Cesarean Birth - Advocate for a Birth Photographer

You know this story. You've heard it dozens of times from dozens of women. I was rushed to the OR for an emergency C-section. My baby's heart rate bottomed out. My blood pressure was too high. The cord was wrapped too tightly. My baby was breech and my provider was not comfortable delivering. I wasn't confident I could do a VBAC. My scaring is too intense. I'm scared. I'm terrified. I don't want to give birth again. 

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Not A Fairy Tale Birth

Laurel was dreaming of a fairy tale birth: easy and carefree, so natural that it felt effortless. During her labor she imagined being Snow White in the Disney movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In the fairy tale of Snow White, she would sing to the birds and dance while cleaning and making all those beds; everything was easy for her. Hoping to feel like singing to the birds, her singing sounded more like screams at times and there was no whistling while she worked.

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Beautiful Dutch Home Birth

My husband and I welcomed him into this world. It was the most beautiful birth I could have even imagined. My oldest son came as soon as he heard his little brother cry and was instantly in love as well. Then the rest of the family came into the room and we all enjoyed these special moments together.

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Details - PART 1: A Collection from the 2019 Photo Contest

We are present to capture the big moments, this huge transition from womb to earth, the enormity of the experience and the magnanimous energy as our clients work through labor and birth. But it is equally important to seek out the little details, as it is the details in life that create the bigger picture. These details are often missed by the birthing family and can be an integral part of the healing process after birth.

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When You Photograph A Friend’s Birth

I have known Taylor since college when we studied to get our degrees in photography. So when she asked me to photograph her birth I was super honored because she could see my talent and had faith that I could capture every moment of her birth. I also had the honor to photograph her engagement. This birth was her first, and a boy. When she told me his due date I was a little worried because it was right in the middle of my busy season for weddings and family photoshoots in October. However Curtis did not want to arrive on his due date. He wanted to decide his due date. I remember getting the call around 4am and of course I made my way to the birth center as diligently as possible. It would be at least another 12 hours until Curtis would make his arrival. 

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***TRIGGER WARNING*** An Ectopic Journey

***** TRIGGER WARNING ******

“I need you to get me off of this mountain now” I remember telling my husband, as he carefully maneuvered the tight wintery switchbacks. He was calm, reassuring me that he was doing his best, but I could see the worry in his eyes. It was Christmas Eve and we didn’t know it at the time, but my fallopian tube was rupturing. We knew it was a possibility since I had been diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy 15 days beforehand, but the methotrexate was finally working and we really believed that we were in the clear. 

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