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  • The birth of Edward {Bellingham Birth Photographer}

    Saturday, April 12 | Comments

    This post is late, but I still wanted to blog it. This was probably the best thing I’ve ever shot in my life, as far as the experience goes. My friend Megan and I talked about me photographing her home birth and I was so SO excited. She was due mid January but baby Edward had other plans. She called me on Christmas eve with a casual “hey.. I don’t expect you to come or anything, but just so you know, I’m in labor”.. WHAT!! Of course I’m coming! I was frantic, trying to get a hold of Grayson who had taken Finley for a walk in the woods and for the first time ever, left his phone at home. “How far are you?” I asked “10cm, just waiting now”. Oh man, panic city on my half. I ran up the street looking for Grayson, no where to be found. I couldn’t go far because Myles was asleep in the house. I ran across the street to our good friends “you have to go find Grayson!! I need to leave now!”. So he gets in his car and drives to the base of the woods, jumps out and somehow finds him there in the woods and brings him home. I was full of nerves and excitement on my {speeding} drive over there. Praying so hard that the baby wouldn’t come out until I get there.

    I walk in, no labor sounds, no baby crying, just calm. I find her in the bathtub just relaxing, as if she wasn’t in labor at all, let alone fully dilated. I was blown away.. how is this possible that you can’t even tell she’s having a baby right now?  haha. This woman was meant to make babies. We joked about that “does this mean I have to have a bunch more babies?”.. haha, yep! Edward was her third, their two little girls were downstairs watching a movie! We just chatted, relaxed. Her contractions picked up in about an hour and I kept a cool cloth on her back because she was getting too hot, sat with her, took a few photos as she calmly labored in the tub. It was such an amazing experience getting to be with a woman in labor. I’ve only ever been part of my own! The assistant midwife walks in who happened to be my doula who was at both of my births. It was so so nice to see her. As most women know, if someone is with you when you have a baby you just have a huge attachment to them. I LOVE seeing my doula and midwife! So it was nice to be able to experience this with her.

    It was such a calm evening. The sun started to set and their family {they were hosting Christmas Eve dinner! haha} started to arrive. They were casually told that Megan was upstairs having a baby. No one seemed all that shocked. Labor picked up even more and she was clearly in labor at this point, but was such a champ! Soon Edward was born into the hands of her nervous husband, Seth. It was the most breathtaking thing I’ve ever witnessed. To watch a baby come out of his mothers body and breath air for the first time. The pure joy on her face when she finally held her son… it was just perfect. From that second on I was hooked. I stayed a while then had to pry myself away to get back to my own families festivities. I was just elated, talking to my family about it all night. At the end of the night we came home and I told Grayson I have to do this again, and again and again. I’ve been booking women left and right to shoot their home births and build up a portfolio. Photographing births is combining 2 of my passions: photography and natural childbirth.  I’m excited for this coming year with all the births I’ll get to be at! This is going to be awesome.

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    Comments

    1. Shannon says:

      so sweet to be able to see these. Good job Megan! And Heather, these are so beautiful!

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