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The Birth of Jenson | Columbus Birth Photographer | Milk & Hannah | Home Water Birth

 

When I pulled into the [wrong] driveway [and then backed up and pulled into the right driveway] at just after 6:30am, I opened the front door and walked into a dimly lit space of calm. The sound of boiling water for the birthing tub bubbling on the stove in the kitchen, Anna's husband Corey was just coming down from upstairs. He whispered "Hi there!" in passing, as he headed back into the kitchen with an empty 6 quart cooking pot in his left hand.

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On the second floor, a hand-painted "Hello, Baby. Hello" wooden plaque was centered on the outside of the closed door at the end of the hall. I took a deep grounding breath and creaked open the door.

A lace curtain of warm sparkly lights lit the space and created a birthing atmosphere to treasure. Anna laid across the queen sized bed, resting between surges, as Audra and Amy , her midwives, sat on the carpet against the gray bedroom walls--- her silent warriors of birth, waiting patiently to be needed. They chanted affirmations as the waves of labor came and went and helped fill the birthing tub with fresh, hot water. 
 

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A life-bringing femme of power. 

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And as the sun crept over the horizon, the little ones awoke one by one to see what all the fuss was about. 

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A bathroom break landed her at 9cm dilated and snuggling her babies on her nursery bed

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But... baby was ready, and tub time it was.

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A rotation or two of the minute hand , a gentle warrior roar, and he claimed the world as his in his Mama's arms.

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Her 4th son.

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Happy Birth Day, Anna.

Happy Birthday, Jenson.

 

The fabulous midwives present:

Amy Knisley // Well Rounded Midwifery and Audra Phillips // Art of Midwifery 

 

Birth, Lifestyle

The Birth Photographer's Birth | Berger Hospital | Milk & Hannah Photo | Central Ohio Birth Photography

When I became pregnant for the 3rd time, it was at a crucial moment.

We were in a time of transition in life, marriage, parenting.

She was the silver lining in never-ending rain clouds. She was a sure-fire promise of hope, renewal, goodness.

On March 10th, 2016, on the 7 year anniversary of my relationship with my husband-the day we leapt like lunatics deep into love- our second daughter, my third wombfruit, Ruby was born.

I decided in my last month of pregnancy to photograph the birth with help from my birth supports, my husband and momma. I wanted a different viewpoint into birthing and loved the intimacy that could be accomplished in my birth space.

With the amazing backing of my creative husband, we brought along more gear than we did products for me and for baby. What started with high expectations of photographing the entire process really began to take shape as a different story while we filled in for one another when we were able. Drew took the camera while he had the free hands to do so. My mom took the camera when she had the free hands to do so, and I took the camera... when I could.

The last photo taken was 45 minutes before she was born.

I needed my husband and mother more during those moments than I needed those first "emerging" photos, and as a birth photographer who truly values first photos of baby, that took a lot of time to come to terms with.

Those photos are beautiful memories in my mind. Memories of my husband's hands catching our daughter and placing her on my chest. Memories of the pain and pressure of birthing. And memories of my daughter being born exactly the way I always wanted.

Here is "The Birth Photographer's Birth".

The birth story of Ruby Francine.

She is so very loved.

 

Hospital: Berger Medical Center in Circleville, Ohio

Midwife: Barb Poole

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