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Home Birth of Rory – Adelaide Birth Photographer

The birth of Rory was a positively memorable journey to photograph. It encapsulated everything wonderful about home birth, and the calm arrival of the family’s fourth child was an honour to witness. Special thanks to Megan for allowing me to be present and share this amazingly empowered birth with my followers. x

 

You can view the slideshow with more images here: http://youtu.be/zha1giJI9tw

 

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Gentle Home Birth – Adelaide Birth Photographer

Capturing this gentle home birth in Adelaide as Mum gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl with the support of her loving husband and one amazing Independent Midwife – a true highlight for me. Sharing this mother’s journey of her second baby was a blessing and I felt honoured to capture these images for her. I know exactly how important this was to her and the part these images will play in helping to move forward from the past…

You can view the family’s slideshow here: http://youtu.be/B0Zm66chSIo

Love, Trust & the First 40 hours of Life – Adelaide Birth Photographer

This is a journey no one could have predicted. One you would never hope to go through, yet a journey that leaves you feeling so lucky and blessed. This family will always occupy a very special place in my heart because I have followed their journey from pregnancy through to today. I’ve shared many hours of meaningful conversation, ideas, dreams, hopes and desires. This beautiful family who cherish their daughter, love their music and value all the simple things in life had their world turned upside down – literally within the blink of an eye.

It was a planned homebirth with an independent midwife. All was well with mother and child, waiting father and big sister. But sometimes the best laid plans…. No one could have realised just how vital her decision to transfer to hospital was at the time.

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The life of a mother and child are never more precious than at this pivotal moment, as a father watches on in a state of helpless desperation. He’s a bystander to events beyond his control as he hears the baby’s heart rate crash and witnesses the urgent commotion unfold before him. Then the wait… an eternity…  The silence in the waiting room is a stark contrast to the anguished thoughts running desperately through his head. The independent and attending midwifes who’ve followed her journey from the beginning no doubt go over every detail from the hours and days before and weighing up the potential outcomes. I try to remain focused – document the journey, capture the story, keep eyes dry and settings tight.

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The news comes that mother and baby are well – but then we hear that baby had inhaled meconium and burst a lung, something that they see once a year in NICU. He was undergoing  an operation right away. Once stabilised, the father and midwives were shown in to see this beautiful baby boy. The emotion was overwhelming.

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I went back to the hospital the next day to see him. His mum came down to see him for the first time since recovering from her emergency caesarean. Her apprehension, anxiety, fear and helplessness were all so present as she looked on at her baby who was under continuous care.

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I returned again the next day. Fortune found me walking into NICU at just the right time. This lovely little man had made a profound recovery. He was off ventilation and had just woken for the first time since his birth into this world 40 hours earlier. He lay awake in the arms of his mother, about to enjoy the opportunity of his first ever breast feed. The sense of joy filled my heart as I witnessed a smile and look into my camera. It was if he had woken from a dream to find something he instinctively knew was right and as it should be. I will never forget the comfort I felt thinking I had witnessed his birth of consciousness.

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It was a strange twist of fate that the next day I found myself walking into NICU, down towards the same crib in the early hours of the morning to attend a Heartfelt session for a baby boy who shared the same surname as the one I’d photographed here. It was one of the most challenging Heartfelt shoots I’ve done and a sad reminder of the reality of how the coin can land on either side.

 

Thank you to Kate and Rohann for allowing me to share this journey with you. I hope it fills you with the same sense of gratitude and warmth of love that it does for me.

 

If anyone would like more information of the services Heartfelt provide for families, please follow the link: www.heartfelt.org.au

 

The Birth of Ivy Mae, a hypnobirth – Adelaide Birth Photographer

The journey of Ivy Mae was so special to behold. This sweet baby was birthed at home in the bath – it was a serene and calm arrival. Ivy’s mother is a hypnobirthing practitioner and midwife – she displayed amazing strength and wisdom throughout the labour. You can read her birth story here: http://instinctualbirthing.wordpress.com/my-birth-story/

As a birth photographer, I’ve witnessed many different labours – each as unique as the individuals involved. I have certainly noticed a difference between those mother’s who have undergone some type of hypnobirth training, and those who haven’t. Very fascinating!

I think the little jewel I took away from this birth was how the freedom and opportunity for family member involvement during a women’s labour, even the smallest gifts of care and love, feed into the bonds that keep family members close. So beautiful to witness and learn.

Thank you to Kristy from Instinctual Birthing and Zac for allowing me to capture and share Ivy’s arrival. xo

Ross Bailey – Beginnings… Adelaide Birth Photographer

One of my most recent birth photography shoots was with an amazing woman called Shelley. I first met Shelley at one of the SA Home Birth Network meetings, back when she was in her first trimester. I was so excited when months later she asked me attend and photograph the birth of their 4th child… and I mean really excited! I am an avid advocate for home birthing and love to take every opportunity to promote it as a positive option for child birth where mother and baby are in fine form.

Now I know I always go on about how beautiful my muses are, but I really have to say that Shelley has this something special and anyone who know’s her will agree with me. Her inner spirit is openly kind, loving and joyful. She’s the type of woman I could sit and talk with all day long – her energy is so uplifting. As with all the people who ask me to photograph them, I spend time with them before hand getting to know them. Getting a sense of who someone is, looking into their eyes, sharing a connection, all helps me to capture them in ways that I know will be meaningful to them when they see the images. It helps while I’m shooting, and even more so as I go through and edit. By the end, the journey for me has been deep, loving and involved – perhaps that’s hard for others to understand, but it’s just what makes me buzz!

So with this strong sense of connection with this amazing women, I’d like to share my story of Shelley and the birth of her beautiful son Ross.

Shelley calmly laboured and birthed instinctually at home with her husband catching their baby boy as he entered the world. Two minutes later, I arrived and after 5 minutes, so did the midwife! No, this was not ideal in my mind as I never want to miss a birth I’m requested at, but sometimes things just don’t always go to plan. At the time I tried to find comfort in the fact that I beat the midwife *barely* but then hearing that Shelley had always wanted to free birth, my discomfort eased. As always, everything happens just as it’s meant to.

Although I missed the first half of the story – Shelley’s labour and Ross’s grand entrance – what I did capture was some of my favorite ever bonding images. This beautiful women with her baby, along with her gorgeous family have brought tears to my eyes as I edit and share these images with you now. Since my story is much better told with images rather than words, please enjoy the following journey which includes a slide show of Ross’s birth followed by a bonding session with Shelley and her sweet family.

Also, I encourage you to share this story with all and everyone you think treasures the courage, strength and wisdom that Shelley inspires.

Family / Newborn Session a week later….

Journey To The Beginning – Birth Photography

I am a birth photographer. If there was one aspect of photography I could do alone, this is it – this is the genre. It’s wholeheartedly my passion, it quenches my maternal, artistic, emotional thirst. I put my life on hold whenever I’m called to do this work – 24/7 I’m on call. I never know how long I’ll be away from my family. I will travel around the corner or to other states to do this type of work. There is no greater reward for any other job I’ve ever known. It’s not a job – it’s like being a mother – it’s just something you do and love and need. Every time, it’s different. Every breath, you’re in the moment. Every tear you cry is real and nothing else could be more honest.

When main stream media run an inadequate news story on a topic I’m passionate about, one that holds so much power and emotion for all those it touches, I get upset… But I have faith that those who really know the meaning behind capturing births won’t be swayed by narrow-minded ideals.

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A Labour of Love – Adelaide Birth Photographer

A week ago I photographed the labour of a kind-hearted mother who was attempting a VBAC homebirth. With her consent, I’d like to share her experience with you. The slide show below contains images of labour, but there is no nudity or graphic images. The expressions of emotion may be confronting for some, and hopefully stir the emotions in all.

As a women, I’m deeply emotional about seeing another woman journey through labour towards the inevitable birth of a child. I find myself immersed in their journey too, as each contraction builds, peaks and subsides. Every sound and movement of their body builds in urgency. Knowing with each minute that passes, no matter what level of pain or exhaustion was occupied at the time, a new life is a minute closer to shining a light on all that is. Knowing that this baby’s gift of presence will instantly heal such pain and distract all burden’s from the mother’s memory. I can’t help but become swept away in the mindfulness of the event. And I love even more so how I can walk away from such a shoot, no matter how long it went for, and feel re-aligned with the true priorities in life. Life itself.

On Wednesday the 28th March at 8:30pm I received the message that Samantha’s water’s had broken. And so it began, the preparing, the packing, the anticipation. At 1:30am the phone call came and in 45 minutes I was there in her dimly lit lounge room with my camera ready to work. Contractions were frequently every few minutes and Samantha’s calm character saw her through each one with resolve that she would meet her baby soon. Kat, her midwife watched closely with an expression of contemplation and a look of reassurance. The waves washed on through the morning hours. Her daughter awoke around 4:30am and joined us. She sat peacefully on her father’s lap and observed her mother, Kat and me. The mere presence of Samantha’s daughter seemed a relieving distraction to her in between the contractions and I caught many a loving smile.

On and on Samantha laboured, throughout the day and into the evening. Her enduring physical effort and emotional strength would surely cripple the resolve of any trained athlete. With a posterior baby, her ongoing committment to seeing this natural experience through to the end was an amazing demonstration of a women saturated in the goodness of her primal element.

A mother can choose to birth in a certain way with certain preferences, but sometimes you can not control the journey that ultimately must be taken. Every option was pursued and effort was made to birth safely at home, but sometimes existence has other plans. Plans must be changed to keep things moving forward, that’s life. Samantha accepted that and her baby was born in hospital via Cesarian at 11:13pm on Thursday 29th March 2012. A beautiful baby boy was born healthy and well. His parents named him Keeley Sage.