Birth Photography is one of my most favorite things to do for people!
In fact, I love it so much I hope to book this year’s calendar with mostly births!
Soon, I will be sending out a flyer in regards to this and begin booking for 2018.
I was so fortunate my brother and his wife were expecting their first child last year and they were so awesome to trust me enough to be there on one of the biggest days of their lives. It was the day they were to finally meet their long-awaited bundle of joy. This blog post is a collaboration, Katie (the mom) actually wrote the details of this blog and the photographs are my contribution. I hope the following images will inspire you and give you some insight as to what you can expect if you were to hire me for your labor and delivery.
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Me: “My mom mentioned to me earlier in the day Katie had been having contractions. It was one day from their due date. I thought, well, it's baby number one, it will probably be a few more days... I'll go to sleep but will make sure I have my phone loud enough to hear it ring or text. About 3am I got a text from Nathan saying they had been at the birth center for about an hour and Katie was dilated to a 6. They didn't expect to be there very long. So, I hopped out of bed, put my shoes on, made sure my kids were taken care of, and headed to New Beginnings Birth Center in Statesville, NC. It was about a 45-minute drive. I was worried I wouldn't get there in time. But I thankfully did... Katie had a pretty lengthy labor process that she will detail later and I didn't mind because it would give me more time to capture the moment. When I capture a birth, I am more than aware that labor can go very fast at times, but they can also take time, you really never know as every birth is different. When I arrived, Nathan was sleeping on the bed and Katie was just trying to stay comfortable. She was absolutely beautiful during the entire process as you will see in the photos. Her demeanor was amazingly calm. She handled the contractions like a pro. I had never witnessed such a peaceful labor. Even when the contractions became intense all the way up to delivery she still kept a sense of humor that had everyone in the room unable to keep from laughing. This was truly a beautiful process and I'm so thankful to have been there to capture the moment in time..”
Now I will pass the mic. to Katie Pegram while I add the photos from my time spent with them!
Katie: "On March 29th Nathan was home and we were just one day from our daughter’s due date, so we decided to try some natural induction methods. We really wanted her to come while Nathan was home to share in the experience. I don't know what I would have done if he hadn't been there. He makes me feel so safe and secure, and that gives me the confidence to do difficult things. The week leading up to this day I had eaten eggplant parmigiana from Olympic Restaurant, twice. I had heard that it can induce labor. And on this day I ate about two-thirds of a pineapple. We went on a mile long walk at Walkertown Park. I danced a sexy dance to the song Soy Yo, which impressed Nathan and it led to us having sex. All of these activities are known to induce labor, and they must have worked. We were so concentrated on inducement activities we didn't realize the time and it was too late to make it to church on time. So, we watched the service online. During the service, I was able to time my "Braxton Hicks" which were becoming increasingly uncomfortable. The times varied between 3-7 minutes. I called the midwife and she said I didn't need to come until they were so painful I couldn't talk through them."
"As the night progressed I called the midwife several times unsure if I should go in or not. I was in pain, but I didn't know how bad it had to be. I did not want to drive 50 minutes to Statesville in the middle of the night just to be sent home. I remember thinking it wasn't so bad that I could not talk, but it also felt like a baby was about to fall out of me, lol! I had no desire to wear pants and I even spread out sheets on the nursery floor, and got down on all fours just in case the baby started coming out!"
"I just had no idea how to tell for sure if this was the real thing. When Nathan saw me crouching down on the nursery floor, he said he thought it was time to go, but I resisted for fear of being sent home. I tried to go to bed and get some rest, but the contractions were painful enough to keep me from falling asleep. So, we made one final call to the midwife to let her know we were coming. Once we arrived at Natural Beginnings the midwife checked me out and announced that I was 6cm dilated. I was so relieved I was that far along. We called my sister-in-law Rachel to let her know the time had come, and she could come with her camera to capture the journey to the birth of our beautiful daughter, Diana."
"Nathan and I spent about an hour walking laps around the inside of the building, after that the midwives had me switch activities every so often. I sat in the pool, bounced on the birthing ball, laid in bed with a birthing peanut between my legs, and they even had me sit on the toilet. Those in the room with me thought it was funny how I'd be super concentrated on breathing thru a contraction and then as soon as it was gone carry on a conversation like it was any other day. I just told them "when it hurts, it hurts, and when it doesn't, it doesn't"! I quickly progressed to 6 cm to 7 cm and then to 8cm. Unfortunately, though, my progress slowed down at 8cm. When two hours had passed with no change, the midwives informed me that it was their policy to send a woman to the hospital at that point. I felt disappointed and scared."
"I was disappointed because I had imagined a water birth in the beautiful purple room at Natural Beginnings, not in a hospital bed underneath florescent lights. Scared, because I wanted a hands-off, interference-free birth and that would be unlikely at the hospital. They said we could try to break my water and see if that would progress things, so I consented. Things really picked up from there. The contractions became very intense and I started progressing again. Getting into the pool soothed the pain so much but it also seemed to slow the contractions down. I was suspicious that being in the water had slowed down my progress at 8cm, so this time I waited until I couldn't stand it any longer. The midwife checked me one last time, and she said I was ready. So, I got into the pool. It wasn't too much longer until the contractions became extremely painful. Every time I pushed I was hoping it was my last time. I had been awake for well over 24 hours and I was incredibly tired."
"I remember them telling me they could see part of her head and asked me if I wanted to touch it. I know this sounds crazy, but I refused to touch her head because I was afraid that any outside pressure would push her back inside of me, lol! The worst push, of course, was when her head came out. The rest of her body didn't seem so bad. Birth definitely has a climax, as soon as she was out, the pain went away, the screaming stopped, and I could see her tiny body between my legs under the water. I picked her up, held her to my chest and felt such joy and triumph. I had thought it would never end, but she was there, and I was really a mother!"
A few days later I visited them at home to do a Newborn in Home Lifestyle session and some 'portrait' styled photos of Diana!