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I’ve photographed Chelsea and Austin’s engagement, wedding, maternity, and now the birth of their first daughter, Haislea Elizabeth.  Chelsea was induced at midnight on Thursday night and I don’t know about you, but most moms can’t relax and sleep when pitocin is being pumped into their iv. When I went up the following morning around 10:30 a.m., I expected to find Chelsea tired, yet cozy, with an epidural keeping her pain minimal…but unfortunately that wasn’t the case.  Once they changed her medication and slowed down the pitocin, Chelsea seemed to be able to relax and get a few closed eyed minutes before she had to begin pushing.  Chelsea had so many family members surrounding her, and it definitely wasn’t easy for them to watch her be in pain…She had to wear an oxygen mask for awhile and she had to move her oxygen monitor to her toe because she couldn’t stand it on her finger anymore.  Chelsea pushed like a champ, but the baby was being quite stubborn. No woman likes to labor for over twelve hours, push for over an hour, and then be told she may have to have a c-section….let’s just say there were tears shed. Chelsea, although super exhausted, decided to try one last option with the doctor guiding the baby’s head out with the vacuum tool. ..And wouldn’t you know it, baby Haislea was out just like that!  Oh how wonderful the miracle of birth is!

 

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You guys….to be able to witness a birth is simply breathtaking. The strength that women have to be able to bring a child into this world is remarkable. My beautiful friend, Henley, gave birth yesterday on New Year’s Eve and she was absolutely amazing. Her husband, Nic, and her mom were by her side every step of the way, holding her hand, holding her feet, and encouraging her throughout her labor. To say I’m proud of her for having a natural birth is an understatement…I’m not sure I could have been as brave as she was, she was so dedicated and never gave up (even when the pain was almost unbearable). And finally, after all of her pain, came the joy, and the overwhelming sense of love as her baby boy, Phoenix was laid on her chest….welcome sweet baby boy, your mommy and daddy love you.

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It’s always good to have a birth plan..but sometimes you have to be prepared for the plan to change. JoAnn knows this first hand. She was put on bed rest for the last trimester of her pregnancy due to low amniotic fluid. Because her fluid was so low, the doctors wanted the baby out by 36 weeks. Thinking she was going to meet her baby sometime Saturday, JoAnn went into the hospital Friday evening to start her induction. Because the baby was only 36 weeks, JoAnn’s body just wasn’t ready…After three days (yes, you heard me, three days on meds to induce!), she was finally taken back for a c-section. Of course, I was bummed because I couldn’t be with her to capture the first moments of her baby’s life..but I was able to see them within 30 minutes. It was a boy!! Baby Mason…perfectly healthy…did I say perfect?! Congrats Derrick and JoAnn on your sweet baby, I can’t wait to take his newborn pics soon!!

Don’t forget to mute the music player on the right before watching the video….

I was honored to have been able to photograph a beautiful baby girl’s birth early Saturday morning (and when I say early..I mean 12:11 am!) My friend and photographer buddy, Erika, had asked me to take birth pictures at the beginning of her pregnancy, and I was pumped! I had just finished a session on Friday when I received a text from Erika saying her water broke. I was so excited, but yet a bit nervous for her, because she was only 35 weeks along. I made some arrangements for my kiddos and headed back into Fort Wayne to document Erika’s journey. It was such an amazing experience to witness her daughter’s birth…there were so many emotions……….I wanted to cry, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to see through my lens if I did! Congrats Erika and Todd (and family) on your precious little one!

Erika’s sister deciding what the baby should wear..

Erika felt calm when she had her phone…there were so many texts and messages from friends and family to encourage her!

…but no one could encourage her like her mom…..!

the pain and pressure definitely got worse…the baby was coming soon!

after some hand holding and only 11 minutes of pushing….

sweet baby Piper was born!
Because she was early, the nicu nurses had to take her and make sure her lungs and oxygen level were normal…

It was hard to watch mom and dad wait to see if their precious baby girl was going to be ok….

after a little oxygen and some love…baby Piper was declared healthy!

then it was holding time!

So so proud of you Erika, you were amazing, brave, and wonderful….God has certainly blessed you!