And baby makes 3

I don't often photograph the birth of a first child. Birth photography, I find, is something people usually wish they would have done and so they hire me for the subsequent births.

But this mama knew the value of having such a special day documented right away.  Erica and her husband Nick have family out of state and plan to share their birth experience via photos. It was absolutely amazing to watch them work together. Nick is an actor and Erica works in theater as well, so this will definitely be one creative and articulate baby.  They worked together seamlessly, communicated  clearly and had the most amazing scripts to get mom through contractions. Some of my favorites: "I welcome this, because I welcome my daughter" and "I am strong and I am focused".  And she most definitely was.

After a long and tiring labor this mama gathered up all her energy and love for her baby and had the most amazing, and empowering birth. It really was perfection. From the goodie basket for the nurses, to one of the most caring birth teams, hand written affirmations and well wishes from friends and family to be read during labor. 

I am beyond blessed to have been a fly on the wall while everyone worked tirelessly together to bring baby Vivien earth-side. Blessed to have witnessed a  moment when a family becomes complete. A time when a husband sees his wife in a new light and finds a new love and respect for her.  A moment when a woman surrenders to forces beyond her and yet within her.  A time when a woman transforms and her soul is reborn.

“There is a secret in our culture, And it’s not that childbirth is painful, It’s that women are strong.”

― Laurie Stavoe Harm

Welcome Vivien there is no doubt that you are greatly loved.