Annie found me through a Navy board, she had asked if anyone knew of a birth videographer. We met, and connected right away. Her husband had just deployed and was not going to be here for their daughter’s birth. She asked specifically to have the actual delivery documented with video, and if I was able to shoot video and still throughout her labor. A few weeks before her estimated due date, December 26th, there was a sad even in her husband’s life and he was allowed to come home from deployment to make funeral arrangements for a family member. He was flown to San Diego to be with his wife, but he was supposed to leave Christmas Eve…. As the date approached and still no Baby girl, Josh asked for an extension of his leave, his request was granted and his new departure date was now 1.3.13. They tried all kinds of natural methods to encourage Baby Aly to make her debut before Daddy’s departure, but it seemed she had other plans. As January approached, he made one last attempt for another extension of leave – it was granted again – and in the early morning hours of 1.3.13, he was notified that the last date for departure was 1.8.13. Ok, things were getting serious now. By 1.6. Aly was still not here and there was talk of induction, but they decided it was not the way to go. About 3 hours after the decision was made NOT to induce, Annie was in full labor and on her way to the hospital! Josh would be here for Baby Aly’s arrival after all! I joined them at Balboa Hospital at 3.45am on 1.7.13, and Aly was born at 9.57am. Josh assisted in her birth and lifted her on to Annie’s tummy – and I caught it all on video! It was beautiful! Watching Annie throughout her labor and delivery was a powerful experience for me, and her Doula proved to be invaluable. The following morning, Josh returned to his ship to finish his deployment, and will return to his family this May.
Please take a moment to see the beautiful images from Aly’s birth, and remember to watch the video at the end of this post!
The arrival of Aly