Fort Worth Birth Photography

Feature on Voyage Dallas

Mom looks at new baby after family centered Cesarean at Baylor All Saints hospital in Fort Worth, TX.

I was featured recently on Voyage Dallas Magazine talking about my life as a DFW birth photographer. I absolutely love what I do. I love supporting families during one of the most intense and breathtaking moments of their lives and I try to show that through my work.

You can check out my Birth Photography feature here

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Want to see the magic of hiring a professional photographer to shoot your birth? Some are subtle and others are quite dramatic changes. I hope you enjoy!

Mom embraces new baby during water birth at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center in Hurst, TX.
Baby enjoying an herbal bath with mom during homebirth in Fort Worth, TX.
Midwife comforting mom through contractions during homebirth in Fort Worth, TX.
Mom and baby do skin to skin shortly after birth at Mansfield Methodist Hospital in Mansfield, TX.
Laboring woman takes a breath between contractions during labor at Edenway Birth Center in Cleburne, TX.
Newborn is check out by doctors shortly after birth at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, TX.
Doula and Midwife help laboring mom cool off during contractions at Fort Worth Birth and Wellness center in Fort Worth, TX.
Mom and baby do skin to skin in the OR during their family centered Cesarean at Baylor All Saints in Fort Worth, TX.
Pregnant Mom relaxes in a milk bath during her last trimester in Bedford, TX.

Not a birth but I love this milk bath before and after too! 

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.    

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. They went above and beyond supporting Vanessa during her homebirth.

I am so thankful for the birth community I am apart of and so honored to back up a fellow photographer, Lane B photography.

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!

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! :)

Cleburne Birth photography| Edenway birth center| DFW birth photographer

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.

McKinney birth photography | DFW Birth photographer

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.     

Grapevine Birth Photography| DFW Birth Photographer | Hospital birth

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

Hurst Birth Photography| DFW birth Photographer | Gentle Beginnings Birth Center 

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. 

Fort Worth Birth Photography| Harris Downtown| UNT Midwives 

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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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

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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