A first baby… There are so many emotions when a woman is laboring and going through childbirth for the first time. The mystery of the unknown, and the excitement and love for this child you are about to meet. This little boy was welcomed with so much love. After a long week of pre-labor and then intense active labor these parents were ready. Every minute they were that much closer to holding their precious son. I don’t feel my words can begin to tell their story, so hopefully this video does it justice. Congratulations again, Foster family, it was such a joy capturing your story. I have been so excited… Keep Reading
Justin and Mariah contacted me the month they found out they were expecting. This was their first baby and they had done a lot of research and preparation beforehand and wanted to make sure they got everything in the books right away. Mariah had a wonderful and healthy pregnancy and at her 20 week anatomy scan they found out they were having a BOY! They broke my streak, as my last 6 births had been girls! Before we knew it August was here: Due month had arrived. I got a call early Monday morning around 2am that Mariah thought her water had broken. I grabbed my bags and after she confirmed it… Keep Reading
There are some stories that I love to share. Describing the scene and environment surrounding a family just before and after they meet the newest member of their family. It’s exciting, emotional, heartfelt and an honor to get to do so. Some stories, however, can’t be shared so easily. Ashley contacted me about 6 weeks before her due date. Well, not technically her due date, but her induction date. You see Ashley was carrying triplets. You read that right, she had three precious girls in her womb. When we talked on the phone I knew we would connect quickly, and after hearing her story I knew we weren’t meant to… Keep Reading
It’s hard to believe so much time has passed since the littlest Sanchez was born. When Dahlia told me the news that they were expecting I was ecstatic. We go to the same church and she and my husband lead worship together on Sundays. Dahlia was in charge of the nursery, and since I have two little ones I got to see her most Sundays. My youngest was almost two, so their announcement was the perfect timing to help tame any baby fever I was having, thank you again for that Sanchez family ;) Dahlia was using one of my favorite OB’s, Dr. Andrews. Her pregnancy was throughout the fall and winter holidays and before… Keep Reading
First 48 sessions are so fun. Definitely one of my favorites to photograph. Baby has been with his parents for a bit, things have quieted down and I get to capture a new family as they bond with their newest little one. Sometimes it’s while their family is in the room, and other times, like here, just with mom, dad and then grandma as she popped in for her first introduction. A little peek at Atlas and his parents as they cuddle in bed, have sleepy smiles, kiss and count those 10 little toes and nurse while dad relaxes up close to his wife and son.
I still remember our conversation. Last summer I was coming home from strawberry picking with my daughters when Amanda told me the news. She was pregnant(!!!), and this was going to be her 3rd, and last, baby. She has two beautiful kiddos already, a boy and girl. I was excited to hear her news and then doubly squeal-filled when she told me she was using Dr. Andrews, one of my favorites in our area. He is always so respectful of moms wishes and has a goofy sense of humor that makes for a relaxed and joyful birthing environment. Her pregnancy flew by during the busy holiday months. I keep hearing from moms having… Keep Reading
This was my first birth of 2015. A January baby whose mom had an amazingly successful 3VBA2C! It’s amazing what we can do when we research, prepare and put our mind to something. Trusting our bodies is something that is becoming less common, and while I believe in putting our and babies health first, sometimes it also means switching care providers that have the same goal and respect for us that we want for and from them. Charlotte Elizabeth was born at 3:57 pm, weighing in at 9 pounds 3 ounces and 20 inches long. She was welcomed by one happy and proud mom and dad, their encouraging doula Amber… Keep Reading
Due dates – what a silly notion. I like to call them guesstimates. A 4 week window is a lot of time to a woman at the end of her pregnancy. This momma experienced that post-due date waiting. She was due on Labor Day, it came and went. Then, 2 days later, while at work she had the ever exciting start to active labor. They went to the hospital and after a little time laboring there were sent home when she was still 1cm. Steph and her hubby stopped and grabbed some dinner, went home and she got in the tub. Not 5 minutes later she was calling for Brian… Keep Reading