By hiring a birth photographer not only are you capturing your journey, you’re allowing your partner to be totally present in the moment.
Over the last year you’ve read up on all of the current recommendations (for ALL THE THINGS!), you’ve put the effort into learning coping techniques to use in labor, you and your partner have stacked your birth team with care providers who are truly supportive of you and your birth plan. It’s getting closer and closer to your due date and all of the pet or child care logistics are finalized. After wondering for weeks if every symptom is the onset of labor, you KNOW this is the real deal. Contractions get closer and stronger, you notify your birth team, and your labor unfolds the way it will. You dig deep inside and find the strength and power to birth your baby.
Exhaustion and the cocktail of hormones flooding your body has clouded your memory, you have no idea how certain events in your labor took place. What time did the midwife get to your house? What hospital room were you in? What was traffic like on the way to the birth center? While thinking back more and more questions are popping up, your partner can fill in some of it but they were so busy loving and supporting you that they’ve lost some of those details too!
That’s where I come in! I document all of the details, big and small. I don’t want you to miss out on seeing how your birth unfolds. I want you to see how your partner and birth team supported you during every stage of labor. I want you to witness the look on your face when you get to see your baby for the first time. That first skin to skin session, cutting the umbilical cord, and when the “I CAN’T BELIEVE I DID THAT!” sinks in. These are the moments that can never be recreated, even in subsequent births because every single birth is unique.