The Baking, Birthing, and Bringing Home Of Baby Trevor

I'm super behind on blogging these days, but I really wanted to spend a little time catching up and posting some shots from this birth that I shot a while back. Actually, I want to share not only the birth, but the entire series of the best shots from the maternity, birth, and newborn stuff that I took. I almost didn't make it to this birth, same as the Doula. We were both speeding down the freeways as fast as we could from Coppell and Farmers Branch. She made it about 5-10 minutes before I did, and when we walked in, the mama was complete. She could have pushed the baby out right then and there, but she really wanted the tub, so she held on as long as she could to get the birth she envisioned. Mothers like this always blow me away. It takes an immense amount of strength to not want to just hurry and push a baby out when you're complete. You just want the pain to go away. Not this mama. It was as if she'd have waited another hour if they promised they'd have a tub ready by then. She was capital D-E-T-E-R-M-I-N-E-D. It was amazing to witness. Such a strong mama!

After all was said and done, baby Trevor came home to an older brother and sister who are super in love with him. Congrats to these guys and their amazing family! It was a pleasure.

-Bailey

The Birth of Miles

I was excited about this family's VBAC since they hired me last year. There's always a part of me that roots a tiny bit more for a VBAC mom. Birth is hard no matter which way you perform it, but there's a different sort of mental hurdle that VBAC mom's have to face. I get that. So when they called to tell me that they were in active, I let out an excited "YAYY!" while on the phone with my clients husband. I remember getting off the phone thinking "He must think I'm a nut". I had a LOT of fun at this birth, more than I feel like I should have. I left feeling like a member of this family. I left not wanting it to end. I left so glad that this beautiful family chose me to photograph their awesome VBAC and birth of their wonderful new baby boy. I left glad that I got to be near the midwife who birthed my own two children. This was a team of champions. It was such an enjoyable experience all around.

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The Birth Of Jace | Sneak Peek

This little bundle came on Thanksgiving Day! I was so surprised the day before, when the mother had txt'd me to let me know the induction would be starting. It was two weeks prior to the due date and I was hanging out with my husband having some coffee. No one knows this, but I try to find the most obnoxious sounding txt tone to set on my expecting mama's, so that I can make sure I don't miss them. My most recent one is the iphone horn sound. So, when a baby is being born, it sounds like a clown just rode in on a unicycle. It's highly effective, and in my eyes, hilariously ironic. I heard the horn and somehow knew that there would be a Thanksgiving Day baby. One of my favorite moments during this birth was after little Jace was born and his dad Jordan said something to the effect of "I'm feeling so many things right now that I cant even explain." I know that feeling; the hurricane of emotions that come along with seeing and holding your child for the first time. For most dads, I know the first big connection comes at that moment. All the sudden its one of the most vivid and real moments of your life.

I've started to notice recently, after having more births under my belt, is that right after a woman delivers her baby, it's one of two head motions. It's either that the head stays forward and looks at her baby in utter disbelief and amazement or she completely drops her head backwards in a blissfully relaxed state of birthing comfort. This is equally as beautiful and powerful in each case. During this birth, Caitie (the mama) did the head dropping back motion as tears came down the side of her face. She held little Jace tightly in her arms and soaked up the moment. This is one of the best moments to observe. It's the moment a woman becomes a mother and her life changes in a matter of seconds. It's a great thing to witness.

I know Caitie and Jordan are going to be wonderful parents and love little Jace more than anything in the world. They had an exceptional Thanksgiving day, with just enough time left over to "watch the game", as they say. Congratulations, guys, and thanks for making my Thanksgiving Day an exciting one! Happy Birthsgiving Jace!