Although it's not for everyone, I believe it's such a privilege & honour to witness a birth. To be in the room when a baby takes his first breathe, her first cry. It's beyond amazing! I was lucky enough to be there for Miss Ruby's birth last week in Mildura, her mum's first labour was a quick one so we were half expecting this one to be similar but it turned out a bit longer than we thought (although still not a slow labour in my books!)
I feel like a woman's birth space is rather sacred, so I do not talk unless spoken to (which is usually never during a contraction), however, I was amazed that Charley was able to talk & even laugh during her contractions. I was absolutely in awe of Charley as she just seemed to accept her labour pain & cope amazingly without any pain relief throughout the entire process.
I am finding it hard to choose a favourite image from this birth photography session. I love the shot of Ruby clinging onto dad's finger as well as some of the detail shots of Ruby's labour.
Charley & Jarrod, thank you so much for allowing me the complete honour of being in your birth space & photographing some amazing memories for you!
This mumma was actually at the birth of my twin boys as a (very supportive) student midwife. At the time, I remember thinking how I would love to photograph a birth journey but it seemed I was a little bit preoccupied to do my own... When I heard she was expecting, I was so happy & excited for her & that same day Erin & I first discussed having me photograph the birth.
Erin and I bumped into each other whilst shopping one afternoon (and by 'shopping' I mean running around after my twin 11month old boys). She was looking beautiful, excited, yet totally over being pregnant (and who would blame her, the third trimester is tough). That night we talked again about photographing the impending birth and Erin said she would love me to be there (yippeeee!). It seems rather perfect to me that my first birth session was of her birthing journey.
It was only that next day that I arrived at Mildura Base Hospital, ready to roll. Baby Ruby was in no hurry to join us earth side so it had been a pretty long day for Erin & her support people. Nevertheless, they were all in great spirits, eagerly awaiting for the magical number 10.
As most people these days, Erin went to bub's progress scans & I don't know how they did it but Chris & Erin resisted the temptation to find out their baby's gender. Far too much temptation for me but they stuck to it until the end. Now I can certainly see the positives in waiting! Perhaps those labour pains will have a hint of added excitement to them & possibly during the pushing stage might just give an extra boost of energy for that one final push... And there's always that GREAT SUPRISE when bub finally comes out.
Dad's sometimes take a back seat and let the professionals (and mumma of course) do their jobs but Chris certainly didn't. He was a very active member of not only the support team to Erin but did a lot of the practical (awesome) things too. The first was the AMAZING opportunity to catch baby Ruby with his loving, gentle hands as she entered the world. It was a magical moment that I'm sure they will remember forever! He also got the job to announce they had a beautiful little girl as he placed his daughter into his wife's arms. And finally, cutting Ruby's cord, the lifeline that kept her safe for 10 months (who ever said pregnancy lasts 9 months is either crazy or in denial).
You could feel the joy & love in the room. Little Ruby was here at last. The images speak for themselves.
(I've had these images ready to go on this blog for a while now so please excuse my old logo)
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