I had the extreme privilege of attending my first birth last night.
Other than my own babes, this was the first time I've seen a baby be born.
One of my friends is a Birth Photographer for our local Waterbirth Center, Trillium.
Trillium is a part of Wise Women Care and they offer everything from massage to midwifery, psychotherapy, CranioSacral Therapy and more. It's really a one stop shop!
Trillium is the first birth center in our town and was started by an amazing woman Augustine.
She is passionate about women and birth and has incredible experience as a midwife.
Melissa, the Birth Photographer, has decided to take me under her wing and train me to do the same.
I am beyond honored to be a part of this amazing experience.
To witness a child being born, after watching Mama labor with the support of her family in a room much like home (either in water or not) is a breath taking moment.
I have a lot of training to go, but it felt good to shadow Melissa on this birth and get an idea of how it goes, because it isn't your normal photo shoot!
Melissa is super encouraging and patient and I'm so thankful for her taking the time to teach me.
She's an amazing birth photographer.
I have no ideas about starting a business or doing anything other than gift my friends with pictures in addition to taking pictures as one of Melissa's back-ups at Trillium and I know I have just tapped the iceberg in my learning, but it really is exciting!
The third person in our little "team" is my dear friend Lacie who as you know, is our family photographer. Her precious prayed for baby is due December and I have the honor of being in the room with her and Melissa to document this moment (unless she has the baby while we are out of town and believe me I am praying that is NOT the case!)
I don't have a flash, so these were shot in the near dark with my ISO cranked up so that's why they are grainy. A flash is on my list of things to buy for sure :)
|Laboring like a champ|
|Amazing team of women here|
|"Um? What might you be doing?"|
|I love how his little feet form a heart!|
|Sucking on his fingers|