Archive | January, 2012

Janine Sax

Sometimes it’s good to do something out of the ordinary, something out of your comfort zone.  Janine contacted me, saying “I need photos for a magazine feature!” and I thought “I don’t know if I can do this…..”  But Janine convinced me and away we went for the afternoon.  She was dressed to the nines!  Nails done, make up, hair, the dresses, shoes, & jewelry!  This was not Janine’s comfort zone.  She is more at home in running shoes, a swimsuit, and riding forever on her bike.  Originally from New Zealand, Janine is an internationally-known superstar triathlete.  She has competed and WON (or placed in) many triathlons and even a half Ironman around the world.  And to top it all off, she now has a feature story in UNO magazine, a New Zealand lifestyle magazine, including one of my photos.  So, here’s to stepping outside of our comfort zones!  Congrats Janine!

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Sisterhood | Breech Homebirth | The Road to Midwifery | Las Vegas Birth Photographer

As circumstance would have it, Jillian found herself in a bit of a predicament.  Her baby was breech and her labor had started.  Although she had had some prenatal care, her care provider would not be able to attend her birth and recommended that Jillian go to the hospital.  A breech presentation at a hospital in Las Vegas usually means one thing – cesarean.  Having had a previous homebirth, Jillian was not excited about going to the hospital, let alone having a c-section.  Lucky for her, she has an aspiring midwife for an older sister.  Susan is very well-read and has attended a handful of homebirths, including having her own at home.  After much discussion and contemplation, Jillian decided to labor and deliver at home with Susan to guide her.  I don’t know if Jillian would agree, but in my opinion, the labor was surprisingly fast and smooth.  Susan caught her first baby!  Many experienced midwives started this exact way – attending friend’s births and delivering each other’s babies.  It is exciting to see the growth of the midwives and natural childbirth & homebirthing community in the Las Vegas Valley, and it is exciting to think of what the future holds for us all!

This birth was all about sisterhood.  A sister delivered the baby.  A friend supported a leg.  A mother gave her someone to lean against.  A daughter gave kisses of encouragement.  A baby girl was born.  A big sister cut the cord. And poor Anthony was the only male in the room.  🙂

Congratulations!

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