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Meet Emma | Angel Baby | Salt Lake City Birth Photographer

A month ago today, sweet little Emma was born.  Earlier in the pregnancy, Emma was diagnosed with Bilateral Renal Agenesis, also called Potter’s Syndrome.  Among other things, this meant that Emma didn’t have any kidneys and that she would either pass away before birth, or not live very long after birth.  At 31 weeks, Wendhy was having pain and nausea.  After a little monitoring at the hospital, it was quickly decided that Emma needed to be born.  An emergency c-section was performed.  Wendhy and Troy met their sweet Emma and watched her take her first breaths.  Emma passed away a short while later.  Due to the unexpected and rushed nature of the birth, I unfortunately did not get to the hospital until after she had passed, but I did get to witness the outpouring of love for her family from everyone who met her.  

Aren’t these nurse’s hands so tender and caring?  I was just in time for Emma’s first bath.  Her big brother Liam was a ray of sunshine and he thought it was so fun to give Emma a bath.

I love this moment.

Wendhy and Emma have matching necklaces. “The love between a mother and daughter is forever”

Liam is the best big brother. He loves his Emma. He calls her a princess, he sings songs to her, he made cookies for her while she was still in the womb. He really is a sweet, loving older brother.

Besides her parents and her brother, Emma was surrounded by family. Aunts & uncles, grandmas and grandpas – some who drove all night to be with her!, friends, doctors and nurses all came to love Emma and support her family.

Since Emma was born close to midnight, it began to get quite late. Wendhy was exhausted from ordeal of a day and she fell asleep holding Liam in her arms, while Troy held Emma.

I returned the next morning, as more family members came to see Emma.  I was amazed to see Emma looking so fantastic.  Thanks to the Cuddle Cot, Emma was able to stay with her family longer that she would otherwise.  The Cuddle Cot is a device that keeps her bassinet cool and helps prevent her body from breaking down too quickly, thus allowing Wendhy & Troy more time to be with her.  I personally am amazed at this product and I hope that all hospitals everywhere invest in one.  The Cuddle Cot has truly been a blessing to this family.  (By the way, if the realities of bodies and life gross you out, then you are probably reading the wrong blog….)

Wendhy and her sister-in-law were pregnant at the same time.  Emma is resting on the belly that holds her cousin Rome, who was born just a few days after she was.  

Yes, Wendhy & Troy had time to prepare for this loss, and yeah, it may not be the same as a sudden stillborn loss, and yes, Wendhy is even smiling in one of the above photos, and yes, we even dressed Emma up and took cute photos of her, but…. it’s still a devastating heartbreak.  It’s a feeling most of us can’t even imagine, nor do we want to.  It’s an earth-shattering sadness.  

Emma, Wendhy, Troy & Liam, we love you and can’t wait for your blessed reunion as a whole forever family. <3


Becca’s Birth | Utah Birth Photographer

Clair is a very intentional person.  She understands that everything has a reason and she chooses to live her life with purpose.  Clair homeschools, she’s an artist, she’s an herbalist, and she births at home.  Upon ultrasound confirmation that this baby was a girl – something Clair already knew and felt in her heart – she named her Rebecca, after her own mother.  Baby Becca’s due date even fell close to Grandma’s birthday and Clair hoped she would be born on that day.  Grandma’s birthday came and went, and the time had also arrived for Grandma (who had been visiting for a few days) to go home!  Clair so wished to have her baby with her mom present, but as labor started and stalled and started and stalled, it became clear that Baby Becca would not be born before Grandma’s flight would leave.

Clair made these bowls.  She also made very thoughtful, personalized gifts for each of her birth attendants!

Clair’s team of midwife, assistants and doula.  Clair, with her gorgeous thick long hair, requested that everyone wear braids to her birth.

Clair’s mum kills time while Clair rests during early labor.  Sometimes it can be overwhelming to have a house full of people (or a hospital room full of people) when you are in early labor and things are slow.  And so, the other birth attendants and I went to get some lunch and to give Clair a break.  

After her nap, Clair was hungry too.  Her husband was so sweet to make her favorite lunch, including the crusts cut off the sandwich.  He said the aversion to the crust only surfaced during pregnancy.

I always love the husbands during labor.  This one did not disappoint!  He was so sweet and so attentive, even though he was exhausted himself (he was literally falling asleep at one point, poor guy!), he truly cared for his wife’s every need.

Progress was still slow and it was decided that Clair needed to rest some more and that the birth attendants would go home.  I love this shot of the assistant discussing dilation with Clair.

As often happens with slow, erratic labors, Becca was born quickly, almost catching Clair off guard!  I was not called until a little while later after the shock and excitement settled down and arrived to photograph this sweet babe with her new siblings and family.  Meet Miss Becca.


Congratulations Clair and your sweet family!!!