I am currently sitting on a couch in a lovely families living room. It’s just after 1am and mom and dad are resting as well as the midwife and her assistant. I can never sleep at a birth, or not yet at least. I love the quiet stillness during labor. I suppose quiet isn’t a word people normally associate with birth, but I have yet to attend one where it wasn’t a factor. Excitement is brewing and nerves are high. Our bodies work harder than we knew possible, and our minds are occupied with what all is about to transpire. I get to be part of that. Each birth I attend I witness different forms of bonding, encouragement, fear, strength, love and joy. With each new life that enters into our world I am in awe of the detail in which God formed us. These vessels that are flawed from sin, but designed and created for such great purpose.
I recently documented the process of a placenta encapsulation. I wish I had had the curiosity and excitement for learning in grade school/college as I do now. Learning about the incredible details of where our babies grow inside us is fascinating. The water bag has 2 sections, did you know that? The one on the outside is tougher and stretchy, made to keep infections away from baby, things possibly going on inside moms body that aren’t meant for baby. The umbilical cord is just astounding. It has several tiny vessels inside it to transfer needs to baby. There are so many tiny, life giving and protecting parts that surround pregnancy and birth.
I love that the Lord gave me this passion. I never would have guessed I’d be doing this in my life, and while each birth presents different challenges and growth (from a photography standpoint) I look forward to seeing how it changes and grows me.
When I’m not photographing labor, birth and babies I get to take photos of my own amazing family. I’m excited to one day look back and remember this stage of life. I have no idea where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing in the years ahead, but the right now is pretty fantastic.
[Some of the images I've captured this year]