I absolutely loved meeting this mama and sharing a cup of tea with her (she drank her tea in front of the camera and I drank mine behind the camera.) This mama is a power woman that mothers 2 beautiful little girls and runs Eco Diva Beauty, a green beauty products boutique that will change the way you take care of yourself. She recently blogged her Top 10 pregnancy beauty products here, and after using a few of her products, I feel inspired to take care of myself better this year. Enjoy these cozy shots in her home, and stay tuned for her crazy and quick birth story coming soon…
When I arrived at this birth, this mom was still walking around, getting her kids ready for bed while listening to her hypnobirthing affirmations. When compared with most labouring women, you wouldn't think she was in labour at all. She was 5cm at this point and soon decided to hop into the tub. She continued to listen to her beautiful affirmations that were playing aloud and when she felt the baby coming, she reached down and pulled him up herself. The next 20 minutes were spent just chillin in the tub, admiring the little man that was inside her for the last 10 months. When she felt her placenta coming, she reached down and delivered it as well. This birth was an absolute gift. She was strong and in control of all the sensations her body was feeling. It was an honour to witness this family welcome this new baby into our world… and yes, now I believe hypnobirthing can truly make a difference in labour and birth.
Birth is one of the most empowering events of a woman's life. When I look back on my birth images I feel like superwoman... I pushed LIFE into this world!!! It was the hardest, most rewarding thing of my life.
I have rarely shared images of the actual moment of birth to protect my client's privacy, however I have received permission to post these incredible images of these little super-humans when they were only half earth-side. Don't be scared to be amazed by these images! This is human life before it has taken it's first breath. Suspended between 2 worlds, life is waiting for that final push to be born.
This post may not be for everyone… but as a birth photographer I always share the beautiful strong labouring woman and the shots afterwards of mama cuddling her squishy new baby, so I also want to show you how miraculous and beautiful the moment their child enters the world can also be. Celebrate how amazing life is and enjoy these images of the actual MOMENT OF BIRTH!
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We had a lovely walk around Granville Island on a regular rainy Vancouver day. It was fun getting to know these two especially since I knew I would be photographing the birth of that little human soon to be born. We had a nice stroll, chat and managed to get some lovely pics around the way.
This was a beautiful and very quick home birth. I arrived at the house on a calm, rainy evening and didn't expect things to progress so quickly. Events were slow and serene until all in one sudden this mama felt like she had to push… so right there on the bathroom floor, this baby was born surrounded by love, support and warm fuzzy towels.
Watch this beautiful Abbotsford home birth story below:
A forest, a river and a baby on the way… made for such a lovely session. This baby was their rainbow baby… like a rainbow that comes after a storm, a rainbow baby comes after a loss and brightens up the world. There birth photos will follow on the blog soon...
Here is a newborn sneak peak of the little baby inside that belly.