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The Birth of Jasper – Adelaide Birth Photographer

I headed over to Kelly’s house after receiving the call that baby was on his way. It was a peak hour morning call & a 4th baby, i knew it would be fast. I recall walking through the front door to hear the sound of a beautiful newborn cry. This precious little guy was waiting for no one, not even the midwives. Kelly’s wonderful Doula was there to support and assist in the delivery of Jasper. He was perfect. Little Jasper was lovingly nicknamed “Turbo” by his siblings after his speedy arrival into the world.

I recall the only other birth I had missed was by a matter of a minute, and at the time I was devastated! Now, after all of the experiences I’ve faced, missing the arrival of Jasper had a different effect on me. I’ve realised the importance of the journey which is beyond anyone’s control and I have faith in divine timing. Everything happens just as it’s ment to. When I walked in to hear that precious cry, I felt gratitude and warmth above all else. I knew from that moment, my role as a photographer was still as valuable and important as ever.

My focus is to tell the story, even retrospectively incorporating everything I can from the mother’s experience up to that point. I was still able to document a plethora of precious moments for the family, such as siblings meeting their baby brother, 3rd stage labour, the first feed, the cord separation, everyone’s first cuddles, measurements, and the general excitement and buzz.

Kelly’s strength, courage and assurance will stay with me forever. It was an honour to be in her company and to serve her in every way I could. There was a huge sense of sisterhood and support in her home that day as we all pulled together to do whatever needed to be done, allowing mother and baby to bond with each other and their family. Placing priority on respecting the birth space after a baby has arrived is a blessing and hugely important to me as a woman. I will go so far as to say it’s a healing experience for me to hold this space.

Many thanks to Kelly for allowing me to share her story with you. I will post a second installment shortly from her newborn session.

 

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First Time Birth Journey – Adelaide Birth Photographer

This birth is a particularly powerful one for me. Photographing the New Zealand born couple, Pene and Jeremy becoming parents was a moving and memorable experience. It is with special thanks to them both for allowing me to share some of their images with you here.

I was called to Pene and Jeremy’s home just before midnight on the 14th August 2013. The mood was calm with sense of apprehension about what was to come and a hint of suppressed excitement. We took a brief opportunity to capture a posed moment in between contractions. It was the love I saw in this photograph that I witnessed wildly blooming as Jeremy saw the amazing power and strength Pene had within her. It is an image that set the scene of support and strength between them as a new family.

Adelaide Birth PhotographerPene prepared herself mentally for the journey ahead with a calming bath and rythmical chants, with Jeremy’s support as he attended to the more pragmatic details.  Adelaide Birth Photographer Adelaide Birth Photographer Adelaide Birth Photographer Adelaide Birth Photographer Adelaide Birth PhotographerBy 2am on the 15th of August, we were at the Flinders Medical Centre and Pene settled into her suite within the Midwifery Group Practice birth centre.

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Adelaide Birth Photographer Adelaide Birth PhotographerAt 5am an examination was conducted to check the progress and membranes were ruptured.

Adelaide Birth Photographer  Adelaide Birth Photographer Adelaide Birth Photographer Adelaide Birth Photographer Adelaide Birth Photographer Adelaide Birth Photographer Adelaide Birth Photographer Adelaide Birth Photographer Adelaide Birth Photographer Adelaide Birth Photographer Adelaide Birth Photographer Adelaide Birth Photographer This moment will stay with me, as Pene reaches the point where her strength wavers and she cries “I don’t know if I can do this”, in desperation. It is the response from her friend Vicki that resonated in my heart and made the tears in my eyes, roll down my cheeks. With calm knowing, Vicki replies “This is how it is done.”Adelaide Birth Photographer Adelaide Birth Photographer Adelaide Birth Photographer Adelaide Birth PhotographerAdelaide Birth Photographer Jeremy’s support and love for Pene was impeccably present, as if he would have willingly swapped places with his love at any moment if it were possible.Adelaide Birth Photographer Adelaide Birth Photographer At 7:54am, Pene birthed their beautiful baby boy. He required some assistance to clear his lungs and a little oxygen. The staff who attended to his care were so compassionate.

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The arrival of Leo – Adelaide Birth Photographer

A mother calmly and quickly birthed her precious son into the world, at home with the care and support of her husband and two midwives from the Adelaide Women’s & Children’s Hospital Midwifery Group Practice.

After receiving the call at 8:15am, I knew it would be a rush to get across town in peak hour traffic and left straight away to Amy and Pete’s house. It was a clear bright day and despite the slower than usual journey to their house, I knew deep down it was going to be a perfect run of events for this baby.

I arrived just after the first Midwife at 9am to find Amy resting tranquilly in the birth pool with Pete near and everything as it should be. The indicators of progress was subtle as this little baby boy made his way down and out just before 10am.  His small initial cry served the purpose of clearing his lungs before comfortably relaxing into his mothers arms. His calm mood mimicking the environment of which he had arrived into.

A perfect little boy with soft squishy features and a gentle sense about him. It was an honour to capture his arrival on Tuesday the 15th October 2013.

A Beautiful Baby Boy Born – Adelaide Birth Photographer

A beautiful baby boy enters the world in a calm, supported and drug free way through the Flinders Medical Centre, Midwifery Group Practice, South Australia.

You may remember this stunning mother who had a maternity shoot at Grange Beach with me…

Adelaide Birth Photographer - Maternity Sessions

Adelaide Birth Photographer – Maternity Sessions

Well here is the journey that brought her new son into her most beautiful family.

Love and light to this special family who hold a beautiful space in my heart.

And a few newborn shots to finish the story for this family 🙂