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The arrival of Madelynn – Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Adelaide

Just as every woman is unique, so is her birth. The respect and support of every women’s needs and wishes plays an incredible role in seeing mother and child through this journey. This birth will hold an enduring impression on me personally, as I watched this amazing mother exercise her empowerment and birth her baby under her own terms, within the system. I’m so excited to share this journey with you! Many thanks to Nicole for your support to share these. Your story holds such an important message for all women.



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


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….

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.