The Birth of Hudson Behr

Telling these stories is always an honor, I feel so lucky to be trusted in such intimate, raw, and vulnerable moments, but when it's my nephew's story I'm getting to share, my heart just wants to burst! 

Six weeks ago today, this little guy decided to make his sweet little face known, and when he did he was not messing around, he was in a hurry to get here!

The joy of Hudson's arrival came hand-in-hand with grief, welcoming him into the world while feeling the huge void his big brother Beckham has left was a bittersweet experience. 

Joy, grief, happiness, heartache… 

Lindsey & Beto, thank you once again for letting us into your home and your hearts.

Beckham, your short life has left such an imprint in this world, I know your little brother will know you and your brave heart!

Hudson, you are so loved!!   

Music Licensed Through: The Music Bed

Fiona and Daisy

One of the wonderful things about working in the “birth world” is the amazing sense of community. I mean you can’t really help it right? You spend hours, sometimes days at a time together. You help women in the most intimate and vulnerable of times. You cry together, laugh together, witness little miracles, and in the process hearts are bonded. 

Fiona and Daisy were born into such a community. Their mother is an amazing midwife who had planned for a home birth. While Fiona decided to position herself in such a way that a cesarean section was necessary, this lovely community of providers came together to welcome them in as gentle a way as possible. The room was filled with joy and laughter, as we celebrated their long awaited arrival!

Meet Fiona and Daisy, born via a family centered cesarean, surrounded by her natural family and her
“birthy” family!

 


Isla Ray

Oh, there are so many things I love about the work I get to do.  One of the many, is watching families grow!

I still remember the day I met this sweet couple, they were so excited, expecting their first little one. The walls in their home were covered with photos, some of their wedding and others of the time they had spent together…  I remember the day their first born, Rumi came into the world, this gorgeous couple instantly and gracefully slipped into their new roles as parents…  Now, as they welcomed their second little girl, I walked away with a smile, knowing in that little home now lives a family of four.  A strong and courageous Mother, a sweet loving Father, and two precious little girls who are treasured and loved.

Meet little Isla Ray!

Four Generations

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you what a rare and wonderful occurrence it is to have 4 generations present in one place!

When a family first hires me to capture their little-one’s birth, they fill out a questionnaire about their birth plan and what will be important for me to capture; it’s interesting how different that looks from one family to the next.

When I was reading through Candace’s answers, she mentioned that their parent’s and grandparents would be coming to the birth center immediately after the birth, and how important it was to them for me to capture their presence.   At first I was surprised that they would be coming at all, then I thought of what a special time that would be; an experience that really only few get to have.  Having lost my mom before any of my kids were born, one of my grandmas a little over a year ago, and having family scattered all over the US, it was not hard for me to recognize how valuable their presence that day would be.

The morning Candace called me to let me know she was in labor, I had a feeling it would go quickly!  I kept waiting for the call saying they were headed to the birth center, as I would be meeting them there.  I waited and waited, but I had a gut feeling things were happening and change would come quickly.  In my years attending births I have learned to not ignore that feeling! I was told they would be heading there “soon” but over an hour had passed and still I waited for the call saying, go!  I finally decided, I would just start heading towards the birth center, and of course as I was half way there I got the call, saying they were rushing there.

I arrived at the birth center and the midwives were preparing the birth room and on high alert hoping they would make it to the birth center before having a baby.  Thankfully they made it, with about 10 minutes to spare!  Yes, so far this is the shortest time I have been at a labor!    I’m not going to lie, I was a bit concerned about how I would put together a birth film with less than 10 minutes of labor footage…
But remember those grandparents I told you about?  Well, when I finally sat down to edit this film, I was so grateful for only 10 min of labor! There were so many other special moments that made up that day, I really had a hard time condensing it to these few minutes!

A lot of my birth films focus heavily on the mother’s strength, and celebrate their courage and beauty during the labor process. Candace, was beautiful, courageous and no doubt labored gracefully, but their birth film really celebrates their loving family, and their joy as they welcome a little one into their clan!

I keep thinking of how cool it will be when Kalleigh has children of her own and she is able to not only share her birth day with her family, but share her grandparents and great-grandparents!!!

Thank you Candace and Cody, for trusting me to tell your sweet Kalleigh’s birth story!



A beautiful day to have a baby!

I'm so excited to share this next film with you guys. I met Audrey and James a couple of years ago, I thought they were the sweetest young couple, so excited to meet their new baby. We chatted over coffee and I just fell in love with them. I was honored to be there and film the birth of their precious Olivia Grace and Audrey and I have stayed in touch ever since...

Fast forward to last summer when she messaged me to tell me they were expecting again and wanted me to be there for this little one's arrival! I was SOOOO excited, but I had to respond with, "I have good news and bad news" I too was expecting and our due dates were so close together, I was sad. Thankfully, my good friend and associate videographer Christina was available to film their birth. We agreed she would be filming it and I would be editing.

The day finally came and I knew Christina was there with them, I have to admit I was a bit jealous! She was giving me updates and telling me how beautiful the light was and how sweet they all were... I wasn't able to be there myself, but my heart was there with them.

When I got all the footage and sat down to edit, I enjoyed getting to see my friend bring yet another little miracle into the world. Audrey did an amazing job, surrounded by James and her awesome birth team, the light was just perfect, it truly was a beautiful day to have a baby and Christina captured it stunningly!

Enjoy the birth story of Norah Annelise!