{Birth Photography} Jennifer

Sometimes, births take a different turn than what you expect.

I met this lovely couple weeks before the birth, and with a couple prenatal appointments, we were ready to rock it! However, Jennifer’s due date came and went, and eight days later the hospital was concerned for the baby and an induction was in place. Jennifer was positive through the whole experience! I was glad to be there to help her through.

Hours passed and suddenly, Sam’s heart rate dropped and did not pick back up, so Jennifer was rushed back for an emergency cesarean. Thankfully baby Sam was in perfect shape! He has a special birthday now, November 11th, Veterans Day.

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{Birth Photography} Anne

This job was unusual, only because of the timeline. I met this lovely couple four days before her baby came! We managed to get an interview and a prenatal in, and then Anne went into labor the next day. Amazing!

I spent a lovely six hours in the early morning with Anne and her husband, working through contractions in a lime-green Korean hospital room. Anne had a tough spirit about her and knew what she wanted: an unmedicated birth. We had some tense moments, but with different positions, she got to the pushing stage in no time.

Anne chose to give birth in the big tub sitting in the middle of the room, and it was wonderful to witness! Their baby girl was born early on October 17th.

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{Birth Photography} Mina

I have two words to describe Mina’s labor and delivery: Fast and furious.

I visited her that morning and even attended an appointment with her, though she was in the early stages of labor. Later that evening, I was called as they left for the hospital, as labor had picked up quickly. On the way there, she even felt the urge to push! I arrived at the hospital minutes after they did, and less than forty-five minutes later, their baby girl was born. Wow!

Quick births like this aren’t the norm, but they sure make the doula and photography life exciting. I hardly had time to whip out my camera, especially during the labor portion. Here are some photos I managed to snap.

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{Birth Photography} Stephanie

I had the honor of being both doula and birth photographer for this lovely birth. These new parents were welcoming their first child, a baby boy, into the world with love and peace. I can vividly remember how calm the room was, and how sometimes I felt like I didn’t even need to help because the mother was so in control of herself and her body. It was magical.

I was called around 7pm on a Monday night to come help at the birth, and when I arrived at 8pm I was shocked at how quiet the room was at the birth center. This couple had it together! Over the next nine hours I helped her keep relaxing, moving, and breathing. We went from the bed to the wall to the tub. Stephanie had studied HypnoBabies and that kept her focus inward. It helped tremendously.

Around 5:30am on Tuesday July 22, their baby boy, Shea, was born. It was a beautiful experience and I’m grateful to have been there!

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{Birth Photography} Troye

I previously wrote about Troye and her maternity photos, and now I’m back to share some of the birth photos I took for her and her family.

It was a pleasure to be able to snap some photos during her labor. Even though it ended differently than what she had planned (she gave birth via cesarean), it was still beautiful to witness everything beforehand. It’s always an honor to be able to be there with families during this special time.

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{Birth Photography} Baby Caroline

On March 2-3, I got to attend Baby Caroline’s birth as a doula and photographer. It was such an honor to welcome this little girl into the world. The room was filled with such love and excitement for the birth of this baby. I loved taking photos in between my doula duties. Such great memories and now I’m sharing them with you!

Here is a selection of some of my favorites. Interested in having me at your birth? Check out my services above. ^^^

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Moms One, Two & Three!

Hey everyone! Welcome to my blog!

Guess what? My first three moms in Korea gave birth in the past few weeks. It was such a whirlwind of activity and fun and love, and I wanted to share a bit about my experience with them.

Mom One
I actually missed this birth, much to my disappointment, though I don’t think anyone would’ve made it there because this little guy came SO FAST. Mom One called me the day before Valentine’s Day letting me know she was in early labor, but I had to excuse myself because I was sick with the flu and could barely get off the couch. No fear, I notified my backup doulas for when the time came. Well… the time came, but none of us knew it! This mom gave birth so fast her husband wasn’t even there! What a surprise. Her fourth baby and first boy was very excited to greet the world.

Mom Two
Exactly a week later, I get a phone call at 3:30am — Mom Two was in labor! Since my husband was gone, I called the babysitter for my daughter and was out the door by 4am to meet the couple at the hospital. She was still early, so we spent some time that morning hanging around the hotel, waiting for labor to progress further. We were back at the hospital mid-morning and stayed there until that baby came!

This mom did amazing. Even though she had an epidural, there was still a spot of pain on one side (common issue with epidurals, what are called “hot spots”) so I helped her labor through the pain. It was getting intense after some time, which I recognized as transition, but she pushed through for a couple more hours. Come 7pm, she was fully dilated, and at 8pm she was pushing! Their baby girl and first baby came into the world at 8:46pm on February 20.

Mom Three
A week and a half later, on March 2nd, I got another call at 3am letting me know that this moms water had broken. They went to the hospital but I didn’t meet them until 12:30pm. Labor was slow going most of the day, but with the help of me and the medical staff, we got things going by midnight. Thankfully she received an epidural to help her relax through the intense pain caused by Pitocin, and we all snoozed a bit during the night.

Around 7am, the doctor came to check the mom. Mom Three wasn’t so enthusiastic that anything had happened while she slept but – SURPRISE! – the baby was¬†right there and it was time to push. Whoa! Excitement filled the room! Not twenty minutes later, a little girl was born, the couple’s first baby. Wow!

I was asked to be their birth photographer as well, so I snapped a few photos of Mom Three’s birth, which I’ll share in another post soon.

I am so so honored to be a part of these birth experiences. It’s such a pleasure to watch these couple’s become parents for the first (or fourth!) time, and feel the joy and excitement that comes with a new baby’s arrival. Being a doula can be hard but it is definitely rewarding.

Happy Birthing!!