Birth of Charleigh {Fort Worth Birth Photography}

The birth of Charleigh happened in the wee morning hours. Her mom gracefully pushed her into the world and caught her with the help of her husband and amazing midwives. It was such a peaceful and beautiful birth. 

Top 11 Favorite Birth Images {DFW Birth Photography}

Top 11 Favorite Birth Images {DFW Birth Photography}

A few of my favorite images I have captured from births across DFW.

Birth of Josie {Homebirth | Red oak Tx}

When I heard Hilari was expecting again, I was so excited! I had the privilege of capturing the birth of her second child a couple years ago and couldn't wait to see her rock her first homebirth! 

Hilari's faith played a pivotal roll in Josie's birth and she couldn't have picked a better birth team! 

Can I just say our local birth community is amazing! 

Midwife: Born 2 B a Blessing- Terry Gyde

Chiropractor: Bridge Family Chiropractic- Dr:Emily

 

Birth of Emiliah {Fort Worth | Cesarean Birth}

Fort Worth Family Centered CESAREAN 

What a honor and privilege it was to walk along side Camila and Brandon as they welcomed their little girl into the world through a beautiful family centered cesarean.    

Norman's Fresh Baby Session {Dallas TX | Baylor University Medical Center}

Birth of Ashton {Homebirth| Fort Worth TX}

What a beautiful homebirth!

During this crazy flu session I was called to Ashton's birth as a back up photographer. Mom and dad worked seamlessly together the whole time and their midwives (My Sister's Keepers Midwifery)  were amazing. I am so thankful for the birth community I am apart of and so honored a fellow photographer, Lane B photography, would trust me to take care of her clients. 

Birth of Griffyn{Fort Worth Birth | Natural Birth}

Fast and Furious Natural Hospital birth!

It was an honor to be invited back to shoot the birth of Kaley's second son! She was my first repeat client! She had such a strong family support system and the most amazing doula, shout out to Jamie Hinton! Who walks in not thinking they are really in labor to having their baby a hour later! You are truly amazing! <3

Check out his birth video below. Please be advised there are moment of birth photos included in the slideshow.

Birth of Rhett

Birth of Rhett

The birth of Rhett. Fort Worth Birthing and Wellness Center is such a great option for moms in our community!

Birth of Tucker {Fort Worth Birth Photography | Hospital Water Birth}

I love shooting all births but there is somethings special about surprise gender births! 

Chanel labored beautifully at home all day.  Her daughter was such an amazing little doula and her husband and sister were great support! Right at rush hour we knew it was time to head to the hospital. Thankfully we were about to make it to the hospital in record time because little Tucker arrived fast and furious 30 minutes later! Chanel got the water birth she wanted and had a room of amazing supporters surrounding her! Tucker's birth was absolutely beautiful and he was such as sweet surprise. <3 Thank you so much for inviting me into your birth space, you are an amazing and strong woman! 

Birth of Jetton {DFW Birth Photography | Mansfield Birth Photography | Hospital Birth }

{The Birth of Jetton from my point of view}

A few days before Jetton was born I was given the heads up that they had scheduled an induction for May 26th. Shay was already 4-5 cm so I double checked all of my gear just in case he decided to not wait until then. 

When Induction day arrived Shay and Jacob arrived and got settled into the hospital and started pitocin. Contractions started strong and fast so I arrived soon after!  

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They worked seamlessly together. Jacob was such an amazing support for Shay as she labored through back to back contractions. 

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After a couple hours on pitocin contractions were getting more and more intense so they decided to get an epidural. L and D was swamped that morning so it took about an hour for the anesthesiologist to get there but Shay rocked it! Once he arrived so did sweet relief! 

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Soon after the rest of her family came to support her including their little girl! She was so excited to meet her baby brother.

As the morning went on everyone was having a good time laughing and chatting about reruns of The Reel. Their sweet little girl had fun playing with the peanut ball and playing hide and seek! 

Shays labor progressed rather quickly and within 2 hours she as ready to push. She pushed for maybe 20 minutes and little Jetton was born!

 He was perfect! Shay seriously made pushing look easy! 

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When Cooper, their daughter, met Jetton for the first time she was completely smitten. Now there is something at every birth that pulls at my heart strings and seeing these siblings meet for the first time was definitely it. They were so sweet to watch! <3    

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The whole family was so in love with little Jetton! Happy Birthday sweet boy! <3 

It was such an amazing birth and it was an honor to be a part of their birth team! 

Check out there photographic birth story below! 

10 Reasons to Hire a Birth Photographer

1. Don't forget dad! 
Let dad be in the moment and not worrying about getting pictures. Let him support you and be an active participant! :)

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2. To share with your children as the grow! 
I always loved her hearing my birth story growing up but there are only a couple of pictures of my "birthday"! I'd love to look back on my parents meeting me for the first time.

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3. To relive the moments!

The day feels long when we are in the midst of labor but the memories fade so fast! Having photographs to look back on helps you remember those things that might have been lost in laborland.     

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4. To ensure your memories are in focus.
 Professional birth photographers know the ins and outs of their equipment and how to work in the harshest lighting environments and still get great images!  

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5. To see how powerful you are!
"There is a secret in our culture and it is not that birth is painful but that women are strong"- Laura Stavoe

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6. To see your love grow!
Watch your love for your partner and growing family bloom right before your eyes. Watching a husband dote over his wife and children and new mother bonding with their babies is one of my favorite things to photograph. It pulls at my heartstrings every single time!

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7. To capture those little details that change so fast.
New babies features change so fast! One day they have that sweet new baby fuzz and then it is gone! Birth photography helps you relive those little details that disappear without us even realizing it! 

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8. Your baby only takes its first breath once! 

 Cleburne Birth Photography | DFW Birth photographer | Edenway Birth Center

9. Let your birth team focus on you.
No matter how much time your birth team thinks they will have to take pictures during your labor there is always something else they could be doing to help and support you. 

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10. You Won't Regret it!! <3
The first time you meet your baby, the first time you count their fingers and toes, the first time your oldest meets your youngest; they are all such special moments in our lives! Capture it!  

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The Birth of Karis {DFW Birth Photography| Edenway Birth Center}

The name Karis means grace and that is exactly how Hilari labored. She so gracefully took each contraction and I was in awe watching how much control she had over her labor. Jonathan was such an amazing support for her and her Edenway midwives didn't miss a beat! They knew what she needed the second she needed it. They prayed over their labor and birth and again once the sweet Karis was born. It was beautiful to be a part of such a spiritual birth. It was such an honor to help capture the birth of your beautiful daughter. Thank you!

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Birth Of Lively Grace {Hurst Birth Photography |Birth Center Birth}

Sometimes in birth work things come up and you have to call in a backup. I was so excited to backup the amazing Caroline Carmack! There is something so special about birth center births. And Gentle Beginnings Birth Center is such a beautiful place to have a baby! Lively's birth was beautiful, intense and filled with so much love. It was a pleasure to serve them on such an important day! Thank you for letting me into your space. Your family is precious!

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Birth Stories 101 Workshop

I had the pleasure of attending the Birth Stories 101 workshop last year. It was an amazing weekend! Filled with knowledge, inspiration and photography. Cleburne Methodist Hospital and Edenway Birth Center graciously opened their doors to our group. We were able to bring models in and set up mock scenarios.

If you are a birth photographer and are interested in attending one of their workshops visit birthstories101.com

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Birth of Harper Grace {Grapevine Birth Photograph|Hospital Birth}

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Harper's mom worked so hard throughout her labor but sometimes babies have other plans and need a little help at the end. Blair remained strong and has a beautiful baby to show for it! Thank you for letting me be apart of your birth team! It was an honor to be a small part of Harper's birth-day!

Birth of Remy Moon {McKinney|Hospital Birth| DFW Birth Photography}

Little Remy had quite the birth! She wasn't due until mid-May but decided April was going to be her birth month! She came the day before my best friends wedding that I was the matron of honor for. Talk about perfect timing!! She had a quick birth and her mom made birth look easy! Thank you for letting me photograph the growth of your family!! Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!

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Leilani Michelle's Birth Story- Part Two (Fort Worth| Hospital Birth)

-And so our birth story begins-

If you missed part one and would like some background click here :)

Austin had driven me to moxibustion the morning of January 9th, we came home had lunch and I was feeling pretty tired but didn't think anything of it (oh how our bodies try to tell us things). I got dressed in some ratty work clothes and we left to clean up a rental property.

On the drive over I felt a tight twinge in my belly but I thought I might just have an upset stomach. We arrived at the house at about 2:30 and I waddled out of the truck, walked in the door and GUSH! At first I thought I might have peed my pants and then I happened again, and again, and again.

I remember telling Austin “uhh I think we need to go somewhere” after I convinced him it was definitely not pee.

I called Brittany (doula) and Donna (midwife) and we headed to the birth center which was thankfully close. When we arrived we talked a bit and did the amniotic fluid test and of course it came back positive. Donna palpated my belly and asked if I could feel the contractions, I couldn't yet, and confirmed Lani was still breech.  I was completely shocked, scared and heartbroken. Not only was our birth not going to happen at all like we planned but baby girl was going to be 6 weeks early.

I remember my mom returning my phone call while I was at the birth center and I asked her what her plans were for the evening and I told her she should probably think about switching them because Lani was coming today! She was of course shocked and asked how I was doing. And it took everything in me to hold it together. Silly I know but I hate crying in public.

So we rush home gather things we think we might need and scurry to Harris Methodist in Fort Worth.  We checked into maternal observation around 5:30. At this point they checked me and I was at a 2. After that one of the UNT midwives, Lindsey, came in to talk to me and did a sonogram to check position and fluid levels. She confirmed a frank breech position with little to no fluid. So C-section it was going to be, a completely different birth that I dreamed of and built up in my head.

After she left contractions started to come more regularly but were not super strong. My parents, sister, sister-in-law and doula showed up about this time.

We were moved to labor and delivery and that is when contractions really started to come and I felt like I was burning alive and just kept sweating. Everyone helped me work through contractions and took photographs for me since our photographer couldn’t make it.  We used essential oils, guided breathing and fans! Oh how I loved the fans!

Around 9:30 they came to wheel me back, Austin kissed me and I just kept thinking this can’t be real.

I arrived in the OR and they began to prep me for surgery. They placed the spinal, which felt completely awful, draped me up and brought Austin and Brittany in around 10:00. Brittany stepped in and took pictures for us. So thankful for them too!

I told the OB and Midwife that I wanted to know everything that was happening! A few minutes pass and one of them says “Oh my goodness she is peeing on me!” Another minute passes and thenwe hear her cry and my heart just melted. Leilani was finally here! She had some strong lungs on her! We had planned to do a “family centered cesarean” but they said she needed some help. They brought her to my side of the drape and showed her to me from across the room. All I wanted to do was hold my baby.

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They took her over to the NICU team standing by and worked on her for a little while, placed her on a cpap machine and then wheeled her in her isolette over to see Austin and I.

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I touched her little fingers and just smiled at her. Then they wheeled her off to the NICU. They stitched me up and moved me back to my labor and delivery room.  Before they moved me to a postpartum room they wheeled me by the NICU and let me see Lani but wouldn’t let me hold her which completely broke my heart and made me rather angry.  We left the NICU and went to recovery and I began the every two hour pumping schedule.

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The next day Austin wheeled me to the NICU and I FINALLY got to hold Leilani and it was the greatest moment of my life.

Leilani’s Birth Stats

Born at 10:05pm

Weight- 4lbs 14oz

Height- 16 ½ inches

Apgar8 and 9

Leilani Michelle's Birth story! -Part One (Fort Worth| Hospital Birth)

In honor of Prematurity Awareness month I wanted to share my sweet Leilani’s birth story. While she is considered “late-term premature” because she was born at 34 weeks she still falls into the preemie category.

-Part one is all about my  pregnancy-

I found out I was pregnant Wednesday June 12th 2013, 4 days before Father’s day! (How sweet!)  While we had been trying we were surprised that it happened so quickly and were over the moon. Before my husband, Austin, and I even started trying to conceive we had discussed the type of birth we wanted and had both decided we would love to have a homebirth with a midwife! Yes, we are those people! :p

Anyways, once we got the big fat positive we looked around and interviewed Donna Miller. We immediately felt that she would be perfect for our birth team. Soon after we hired Donna we hired our doula, Brittany Hernandez, and birth photographer! And everything started to fall into place for our February 19th 2014 due date.

We went to all of our appointments together, I ate an extremely healthy diet (much better than I do now) continued to do yoga and saw a chiropractor almost every week.

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We found out we were having a girl on our wedding anniversary! Everything was right on track and I was loving being pregnant! :)

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At 30 weeks we decided it would be fun to take our parents to a 3D/4D sonogram and that is when we found out baby girl was frank breech. Although there was still plenty of time to turn I as kind of freaking out.  

We went back a week later and she was still in the same position. I’m not going to lie I felt the sand slipping through my fingers and felt I was losing whatever “control” I had over my birth. I knew that frank babies are the easiest to breech to birth vaginally and the hardest to get to turn.

Christmas came and went and she was still breech.

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I tried everything I could to turn her; spinning babies, chiropractic care, moxibustion (for more information about moxibustion click here) and had decided to have an ECV (more info on ECV here) at 37 weeks if she was still breech. But 3 days after starting moxibustion and at 34 week pregnant my water spontaneously ruptured.

-And that is where her birth story begins, come back tomorrow to read more-

The Birth of Linkyn {Fort Worth| Hospital Birth| Birth Photography}

Kaley and Andrew waited 41 weeks and 5 days to meet their surprise little boy. The love between these two was unwavering. Andrew was an amazing labor partner and stayed by Kaley’s side through over 2 days of intense contractions.  Kaley labored beautifully, with a posterior baby, and pushed for only 20 minutes before Linkyn was earthside! She is a true warrior woman! Thank you for allowing me to capture the growth of your beautiful and loving family! Happy birthday Linkyn Matthew! :)

 

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