I came across your blog and I thought you might be interested in seeing the images from the recent home birth I photographed. I am a professional photographer, mostly I do portraiture work with mothers and newborns but occasionally I photograph birth. I love the change of pace and the adrenaline rush : ) I am also a natural birth advocate and gave birth to my son at with a midwife at a free standing birth center. We are planning to have our next baby at home. The popularity of birth photography has increased dramatically over the last year – I think signaling a shift in how we think about birth.
Here is a link to my blog post about the birth
There is a slideshow with all the photos set to music linked at the bottom of the page. Just scroll down and click the link that says >>The Birth of Waldron Dain Peterson<<. Take care and happy blogging!
Emily Weaver Brown
Your pictures are gorgeous!!! Makes me want to move to Seattle and have a baby!! Good luck with your home birth plans and have fun trying for #2!!! Thank you for the link to your website as I know many of my readers love to read other women’s empowering birth stories and while a photo slideshow isn’t technically a birth story, a picture is worth a thousand words!!
While watching Waldron’s birthday slideshow I was so overcome with positive emotions like happiness, awe, empowerment, and especially a deep respect for our strength and abilities as women! Some of my favorite pictures include: (1) The one where the mother is bending over in the hallway, her husband is bracing her and her sister is rubbing her back. I love how you can see the “family picture” in the background because you know that in just a short while they will have a new addition to the family!!, (2) The one where the mother is bending at her waist and then looks up with a smile. She is either in transition or pushing but she still has a smile on her face, knowing what all of this hard work is for!!, (3) The “Moment” Shot where mom holds her baby for the first time and looks up at her husband with a face that says “I DID IT!” and “I LOVE YOU!”, (4) When “big sister” leans over the tub and is looking up like “Is that my brother!?!”, and finally (5) The whole family sitting on the bed together, happy and healthy!!
Keep up the good work!!
All My Best,
Excerpt from Birth Photography at http://emilyweaverbrownphoto.com/blog/birth-photography/
“The birth of a child is one of the most significant and beautiful events in life. I am always honored when I am invited by families into these very intimate moments to document their memories. The first moments of life are so precious…the first breath, the first cry, the first time your baby looks into your eyes. I love documenting these moments for my clients and I know that they will treasure them forever. The birth of a child is one of the biggest defining moments in your life and you will not regret having it photographed. Printed images are stronger than memory can ever be and you will be so thankful that you have them to hold onto for your children, your grandchildren, and their children.”
In the blog section of her website, photographer Emily Weaver Brown’s writes about why she loves photographing births, how she met her client Jessica, and why Jessica chose a home birth. Check out her original post for more information about how Jessica’s labor went!
“I loved photographing this birth for many reasons. It’s so difficult to be just an observer, and though I strive to photograph the birth as though I wasn’t even in the room I still get pulled in. Before a birth I meet with my client’s to discuss their wishes and get to know them. (I don’t want to be a complete stranger showing up one of life’s most intimate and raw experiences.) This meeting and the subsequent emails usually leads to friendship and before long I know all about their previous birth stories and all of their hopes and dreams for the birth that I will photograph. So I can’t help but cheer on the moms while they work hard to birth their babies. With Jessica it was no different. Jessica is actually a former client of mine who is now also a professional photographer. I know that she really values photography as an art form and that having the birth of her second child documented in photographs was really important to her. But even more than that, I knew that the birth of Jessica’s oldest child did not go as she had hoped. She ended up with a healthy baby girl but also a lot of interventions that she didn’t want and it made her feel like she had failed. I had no doubt in my mind that Jessica would be able to birth her second baby at home naturally as she had planed but I so wanted it to go perfectly for her so that she would have a sense of redemption over all that happened during the birth of her daughter.”
Please visit http://emilyweaverbrownphoto.com/blog/birth-photography/ and scroll down to the bottom of the page to see two more birth photography slideshows, both of which are hospital births. Just curious, did any of you feel differently when watching the home birth slideshow vs. the hospital birth slide shows?? Why?