October 22, 2012

Naomi Rose | a birth story | {St. Louis Birth Photography}

I was blessed with the opportunity to be able to document Natalie and Caleb's labor and delivery experience.  It was a long day with every emotion present: excitement, boredom, worry, anticipation, elation, fear, exhaustion, awe, and pure amazement and joy as they brought their little girl Naomi into the world. As I uploaded the photos at home and started processing them I went from smiles to tears as I relived the entire amazing experience again.  Below is their story in pictures...it is not all the "gory details", it is about the emotion, the moments, all the little details the mom misses as all she can concentrate on is getting through that next contraction, next push.   [The slideshow is to follow here]

Natalie and Caleb had the support of their moms and some wonderful nurses.

I remember being 8 months pregnant and knowing I wanted my husband to take some pictures of our oldest before, during, and after arrival.  When the time came it was more important that my husband was holding my hand than holding a camera.  I swore I'd never forget but everything happened so fast and life doesn't have a rewind button.  I remember it was the hardest and most exciting thing I'd ever been through.

With baby #2 I was so excited for delivery day; it had been two years since my first experience with the miracle of birth.  The video camera came along and captured some of the experience but again the need for my husbands full attention outweighed the need to document the moment.

I know there are many that feel we are in an age of 'over-sharing' where social media has run rampant and very little is sacred anymore.  Birth photography isn't always for sharing, its for the parents to remember, to relive that amazing time in their life that can be such a blur.  I wish I had something other than my memory to remind me of the moments my children were brought in to the world.  Thank you Natalie for being willing to share these intimate moments so that other moms (or moms to be) realize they do have the option of both holding their partners hand and documenting the day.

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