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Births of 2016

As the New Year started, many of my birth photographer friends made slideshows or collages of all their 2016 births. The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers, of which I am a member, announced their annual photo contest. Everyone was buzzing with excitement, sharing their photos. As I do every year, I anticipated sharing my 2016 “birth stats.”

births of 2016

My 2016 was a bit out of the norm as far as my birth photography goes. Due to a number of factors, I only photographed one birth last year. Henry. I would’ve loved to have made a slideshow, or collage, or have entered the photo contest. But Henry was different.

His birth was amazing, as I’ve blogged about here. His parents are incredible, as I’ve blogged about here. And then Henry passed away. We should have been doing his six month portrait session, but instead I was photographing his funeral.

My heart still aches for Henry’s family. While all these other things are good and all, I just wasn’t feeling it this year.

Hug your loved ones tight. Let them know how much they mean to you. Make every moment count.

And if you want to see the winners of the 2017 birth photo contest, click here.

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“Homebirth” in a Hospital | Las Vegas Birth Photographer

After three long days of early labor, Mama arrived at the hospital at 7cm. What a relief! At that point, it’s nice to know there is an end in sight. And the end really came quite quickly – Baby was born only about 3 hours after arriving at the hospital.

hallway

labor room
9:47pm Mama and Dad laboring together. She was so strong and he was just a rock. Even though they were both exhausted, they calmly and smoothly worked through contractions together.
laboring together

strength in each other
10:08pm I love the teamwork!!!
laboring as a team

feet
He’s so sweet and I love her smile!
shoulder rub
10:40pm Labor is hard work. Especially when you are nearing or past 72 hours of it.
laboring mama

hard work

holding dad's arm

grandma's hand

mom's hand

heads together
From the beginning, I had a feeling this was going to be a pretty good birth. Mama & Dad had a great perspective and outlook on the birthing process (even though this was their first), and then when we got to the hospital, the nurses were just great. But then in walked Charlene the midwife. I had never met Charlene, but I was pretty sure she was amazing. She walked in and observed. She didn’t take charge, she didn’t command, she didn’t call the shots. She stood back and watched. She asked Mama how she was doing, she offered encouragement or advice when needed, and she let Mama do her thing.
charlene manfull

working through labor

be strong
11:43pm The sigh of relief when it’s over and you have a baby in your arms!!
it's over!
Gotta love it when dads cry 🙂
daddy crying
Mama is so beautiful!
relief

cutting the cord
Baby has so much hair!!! It’s so fantastic, I love when babies have lots of hair. Probably because my own babies are mostly bald when they are born…
baby hair

with mama

with dad
Congratulations!!!
baby boy
Out of the all the births I’ve photographed (50 total, 27 hospital births), this one was most like a homebirth. The way the nurses & midwife handled the birth and treated Mama, the overall feeling in the room, this birth was the most like a homebirth in a hospital that I’ve seen. After witnessing this birth, I feel that when women say ‘I would like a homebirth, but we’ll be having this one in the hospital’ what they want is a birth like this one. It was truly a amazing birth.

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