Lubbock Birth Photographer: The Birth of Chandler

I've had several mamas tell me they wouldn't want a birth photographer for the very reason that they desire an epidural and that their birth day wouldn't be much to photograph. This birth proves that very suggestion wrong. Jacquelyn's birth day was nothing short of beautiful with captured moments of laughter, connection between her and her husband, and sheer joy and surprise of holding her 10-pound baby boy in her arms!

I arrived at the hospital at 8:15am just two hours after Jacquelyn checked in. Her water broke an hour later, and she blissfully worked through contractions in the bed at 6cm dilated. Kurt, her husband, massaged her feet, brought her popcicles, and fed her ice chips all while making her laugh between contractions.

All of a sudden around 11am, Jacquelyn's contractions completely stopped. They ended up giving her pitocin, and she chose to get an epidural to work through the intense contractions that the medicine brought. Not even a full hour later, Jacquelyn rapidly dilated to 10cm and 100% effaced. 

Her doctor was in and out of the room in less than 15 minutes with the quick delivery of her beautiful son, placenta, repairs, clean up, and a handshake. This 3rd-time mama knows how to birth her babies!

Chandler was 10 pounds 1 ounce and measured 22 inches of goodness! Jacquelyn was a warrior mama and brought her son so swiftly and flawlessly into the world. I loved documenting every moment.

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Lubbock Birth Photographer Prepares For Her Own Home Birth

I haven't shouted it across town that I am pregnant unless you are my personal Facebook friend, but I am expecting a little bundle come late September! This is definitely a personal post to let you all know a little more about me. 

I am planning for a home birth this time around with baby number 3. I had natural births with a midwife in the hospital with my first two sons, and I decided to still go with a midwife once we moved back to Texas. You never know how birth is going to play out, but if I could have my ideal birth I would have a water birth in my sunroom surrounded by my husband, doula, midwife, birth photographer, birth videographer, and maybe some (or a lot) of indoor plants. My plan is to labor for as long as possible before getting in the birth pool to push. We will see how this birth turns out!

My last two were born close to noon, and my labors were 45 hours and 32 hours. I'm hoping for a much quicker labor this time around! I am seeing a Webster-certified chiropractor this pregnancy, and I'm hoping it makes all the difference to get baby in the right position and my body in the best alignment for birth. 

I photograph and document all types of birth, but I definitely have an affinity for home births. My ten-year goal is to become a midwife myself to further that affinity! Home birth just sets a different tone of comfort and empowerment. I hope to shoot many more home births in the years to come! 

Here are a few pictures of me in front of my home!

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The Birth of Adeline

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Anna called me a couple weeks before her actual birth day thinking her water had broken. We were all sure that baby was coming then. Anna and her husband headed up to the hospital, and I even headed up there a few hours after her just to check on her around midnight. To Anna's dismay, it was false labor and she was sent home the next day. According to her doctor, she had two layers to her amniotic sac and only the first layer had broken.

Anna called me again March 8th at 11:45pm. I headed up to the hospital around 2am when she was 5cm. Anna was already in deep concentration with Cara, her doula, by her side. She progressed quickly and one of the most beautiful transformative moments of Anna's birth happened in the bathroom. Sitting on the toilet was the most comfortable position, but transition hit Anna hard. She was ready to give up and tears washed down her face freely. 

This was the point I knew she was within the hour of finding out if her baby was a girl or boy. Anna crawled on the bed to have the nurse check her one last time. Minutes later she was ready to push. It didn't take but a few minutes of hard work and baby GIRL Adeline was born. Most were guessing this baby to be a boy, so her gender came as quite the surprise!

Adeline was born at 6:04am at 6lbs 1oz!

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