Jaydene: The Birth Photographer
I started photographing births after becoming a doula in 2009. I was one of the very first and few women across North America photographing births and despite people's first reactions to the thought of birth photography, I knew women would come to understand the power within their birth stories.
Birth is a journey that can take many paths. Some paths may be planned, some may take unwanted turns. The journey can include laughter, tears, frustration, joy, hard work, bonding, boredom and relief. During labour, a woman pushes herself further than she ever thought possible and gets the biggest reward of her life! I am behind a lens so that those involved in the birth and supporting the mother can focus on being involved in the birth. I am honoured to photograph every birth and in return I honour the beauty of the woman and the process by capturing the emotions and joy of the occasion.
Since starting in 2009, I have photographed over 120 births and received countless awards for my documentary images.
Jaydene: The Doula
As a doula, I strive to support women and their partners in their journey to birth and parenthood. I want people to feel comfortable with the idea of labour and delivery and want them to feel comfortable during labour and delivery. Even when I'm not hired as a doula, I will always assist women during birth and help them experience the best labour and birth experience possible.
Jaydene: The Mother
I am a busy mother of 3. If i'm not running off to a birth, or editing photos into the late night hours, I'm taking pictures of my own kids, making new prints and canvases for our house, searching for snails in my backyard, cleaning up play dough, or in my kitchen making snacks, cleaning up snacks or putting away snacks. I love to be busy!