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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.

 

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

 

Birth Journey of Pippa – Adelaide Birth Photographer

Pippa was born at home during the early hours on the 25th of August 2013, a third daughter for this kind-hearted family. What was expected to be a rushed affair, turned out to be a far more gently timed arrival. It was the right journey for this little girl and her mother along with being a great experience for her older daughters.

It is with great respect that I share these images with the parents permission. There is a wonderful collection of shots missing from this published journey to preserve the family’s privacy, as is often the case with my work as a birth photographer.

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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

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….

Adelaide Home Birth Photography – A Mother’s Quest

It was 6:17am when I was woken by my phone. I stared at the screen trying to decipher the words, it took a minute for my eyes to comprehend what my mind already knew – It was time! Today was the day I would witness a miracle, the birth of a healthy, highly anticipated little soul joining us earthside.

As I drove to their home, I took the time to clear my thoughts, smell the sea air as I headed south along the coast and feel the warmth of the early morning sun as it streamed through my windscreen. As I walked through the front door, taking my shoes off, I felt grounded and focused. The father, Jamie, greeted me with a beaming smile, the other children were peacefully asleep upstairs, unaware of the excitement that was trying to be contained below.

I glanced down to the birthing area and could see Linda, centering herself, preparing her mind for what her body was beginning to enact. It was a beautiful moment watching her create a space around her in which she could feel safe and free.

PreparationAs husbands do, preparing in their own primal way and adressing that need to be useful, Jamie raced back and forth filling the birthing pool. Linda’s meditative state and stillness was a visual contrast as I settled into my own space.

The Midwife soon arrived along with the reassurance and affirmations she effortlessly and naturally supplied.

Surrounded by  support, love and space, Linda allowed her body to work just as it was made to, and it was so amazing to witness.

The children had awoken to find the event as it transpired, and they too were calm, excited and connected.

This image touches my heart deeply. The bond between these women extends beyond this life, I’m sure of it!

There is an amazing series of images showing the baby being born but I have reserved these for personal viewing only out of respect. It’s a truly stunning sight to see a new life enter our world, and through water, the images are something magic!

I have no words to describe the emotions I felt as I heard the baby take that first small breath and let out that gentle cry. But my mind instantly took me back to those first seconds after my own son’s birth.          It was a few minutes before they discovered they had themselves a gorgeous little girl. But there was no mistaking how much she shared her daddy’s features.

This was one of the most memorable experiences, and one that won’t be forgotten. The images have been taken and they will exist for generations. A record of a new life, an event to surpass all others, and the beginning of something very special for this deserving family.

My most sincere thanks and gratitude go to Linda, Jamie and their family for allowing me to be present throughout your labour and capture the arrival of your yet to be named baby girl.