One of my favourite things when I get home from a birth is scrolling through the photos I took on my phone or camera. Reliving the adventure that just took place, piecing together the story and how it unfolded, but mostly reinsuring what I just witnessed was in fact real.
Sometimes you feel like you're dreaming. The strength and power that these women's bodies and minds endure is untellable. The paramount force in a labouring woman is unlike anything you've ever seen before. The courage and vulnerability of a cesarean birthing woman hits you in a place you never realized was there. Those first moments of the surreal, the birth high, the hormonal cocktails, the connections, the first latch, the cries and the laughter. Her fears and joys all bundled up in to one experience. And the partners, oh the partners! I feel so lucky to get to catch some of these moments on my phone or camera.. and of course I keep some of these moments just for my heart too.
Below is a collection of only *some* of my favourite photos that I have snapped. I didn't need to load the blog with 100+ pictures now did I?!
Thank you to my clients for allowing me to share these moments of their incredible & uniquely wonderful birth stories. I feel like these pictures deserve to be seen, acknowledged, embraced, and celebrated!
After arriving at the hospital and getting tucked in to the pool. Warm water, such a wonderful thing.
This little guy liked to flip things around on us, literally. Breech baby born via cesarean birth with a well-heard mama who got her skin to skin, immediately.. and everything else to make it the perfect day.
Dad's face, says it all. Worry, Amazement, Love.
This overwhelming moment of love, amazement, and that finally he is here!
Team work, Team Love.
One of the most courageous people I have met to date.
One of those, "its a girl!" moments and mama can barely believe it.
She's got skills :)
Miles Circuit and kitty cat helpers
Falling in deep.
(Grand)Mother watching her daughter embrace the waves, with the loveliest midwife to support her through the tears. Such an beautiful moment to watch.
When you catch your baby and make eye contact for the first time.
Your mind is your guide. She did this, she so did this.
Meeting her new little sister.
Now a little brother to meet!
Still one of my favourite photos, and one of my first births as a doula. Love this couple to bits!
That first latch, the first reconnection.
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