Strength. Focus. Support. There was so many beautiful aspects to this birth. This mama literally danced through her birth (her video at the bottom of the post is a must watch.)
I'm so honoured to have photographed this mother's 3rd birth. Each one has been similar yet unique and witnessing her birth stories has always left me inspired. She is also a talented photographer herself that photographed both of my births… which is why we are so bonded because we've both seen each other at our most vulnerable and most courageous moments in life. Check out her Facebook page, her lifestyle photography leaves me inspired on a daily basis.
I was so honoured to support this family through this birth. This couple was well read on all their birth options. They had a home birth with their first child and since there were some complications, they opted on birthing this baby in the hospital. She arrived in active labour and things went as smooth as possible. It was the middle of the night. The maternity ward was quiet. She put her music on and had the most supportive partner to walk through labour with her. Just over an hour after she arrived, she had her healthy baby boy in her arms. This birth was an absolute gift.
This beautiful mama has delivered hundreds of babies and it was finally her turn to bring life into this world. We were all cheering her on. She had a very difficult labour through the night at home and when she started involuntarily pushing at 3cm, she knew she had to transfer into the hospital. Through much hard work and determination, she birth her little girl safely into her arms. Welcome here Amity.
Amity's Birth Story...
I love when a family documents their baby's entire journey into the world from pregnancy through to newborn photos. I was so excited to photograph this Vancouver home birth, and when it came time for this mama to have her baby, her early labour lasted over 24 hours so she didn't want to call her birth team too early for fear that her labour would keep on slow and steady. When things decided to pick up, they kicked into high gear and both the midwives and myself missed her birth. This mom has an amazing birth story of delivering her baby girl unassisted on her kitchen floor and her birth video is still a must watch!
This mama has helped so many women through their pregnancies and postpartum, and now it's her turn to travel the journey of motherhood. I can hardly wait for this little babe to arrive… let's hope sooner rather than later.