Yearly Archives: 2014

The home birth of Ronan | San Diego Birth Photographer

Let me start by explaining how I came to be Maureen’s birth photographer. Her midwife, LaShel, reposted a home visit photo of one of my clients on her Facebook business page, back in April. Maureen hadn’t even considered birth photography until she saw THAT image with my watermark declaring I was a birth photographer. Gotta love social media!
So, Maureen called me while I was out of town, and after chatting briefly, texted me her information, we’d touch base when I was back. We met – and clicked right away, her house in PB only 10 minutes from mine. I was thrilled to have another home birth so close to my own home, and given Maureen’s labor history, it would prove to be a good thing.

On the day of Ronan’s birth, August 18th, 2014, Maureen texted me mid morning to let me know things were stirring. It was senior registration day at my daughter’s HS, and I was sitting in the parking lot waiting for her, seriously wondering if I’d have to call my husband to come get her, while I dashed to Maureen’s birth. As it happened, Maureen didn’t feel the need for me to come right away, and wanted to wait for her doula (her mom) to arrive, she’d call me later. We kept in touch, and I received the go ahead call from her husband to head over to their house, around 11.30. I found Maureen in the bedroom on her birthing ball, with her mom applying back pressure. She wanted to wait for the midwife to arrive before being more mobile, as in the past this has sped up her labors (both #1 and #2 babies were born within 5 hours of labor beginning).
Midwife arrived, and moving around more, Maureen’s labor DID in fact pick up, just as predicted. I remember her mom, Colleen, pronouncing that she thought Baby Ronan would make his appearance before 2pm – it was now about 12.30. Hmm, could it really be THAT fast? I could barely tell that Maureen was in active labor, but then LaShel asked her a question, and after Maureen answered “I don’t know”, proclaimed “Ok, we’re getting to the I-don’t-know phase, we must be getting close”. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a mom laboring and progressing so quickly, and after lying down on her bed at about 12.55pm, with her husband behind her for support, Baby Ronan was born at 1.03pm – and he’s a little red head, although not so little at 9 lbs 8 oz.
Their sons, Seamus and Macklin, came to check out their little brother, and so did Grandpa who’d been taking care of the older boys during their mother’s labor. I was there and back in just over 3 hours, my fastest birth to date. Oh, did I mention I was thrilled that it was a daytime birth? Their beautiful PB beach cottage provided the most amazing light!
Thank you, Maureen and Russell, for trusting me to document the birth of Ronan, and your journey to becoming the parents to 3 boys!

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The birth of Baby I. at BIB Birth and Wellness Center | San Diego Birth Photographer

I’ve had an amazing year so far. Got some last minute bookings in June and July, and the birth of Baby I. was one of them. How I love shooting births at the Babies In Bloom Birth and Wellness Center in Vista! The rooms are spacious, ceilings high, and the light amazing – night or day!
Melina contacted me inquiring about birth photography, and we scheduled a consultation while she was at a prenatal with Michele Kazmier, Lavender Moon Midwifery. Milena decided to hire me, and I was thrilled to discover that she also had a doula, whom I have know for years, Quinne Huffman. This seems to be the year of getting to work with a lot of doulas, I LOVE IT!

The day of Isabella’s birth,  July 16th, Milena, Quinne, Michele and I kept in touch via texts and phone calls. Around 2pm, I decided to head to the birth center, since I was at least 45 minutes away. Turns out that Michelle, the midwife, also arrived within minutes of me. We both had a feeling that once Milena came to the birth center, things would go quickly. I decided to have a short nap on the very short couch (!), and around 4.30pm got the text from the doula that they were on their way to the birth center. Michele had already filled the big beautiful bathtub with water, good thing because not long after arriving, Milena decided it was time to get in. From there, everything went so fast. Baby I. was born at 5.22pm, in to her Daddy’s hands, who then lifted her up on to Mama’s chest. It was absolutely perfect! Milena’s parents and sister were also in town, and her sister got to witness the birth of her niece!

Thank you, Milena and Jose, for allowing me to be part of your journey!

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The home birth of Esequiel | San Diego Birth Photographer

I had planned to take some time off during June/July this year, but ended up getting a call from Christina and Josh, inquiring about birth photography. After meeting with them, I was so excited to be chosen to document their journey to becoming Esequiel’s parents. I would finally have the opportunity to work with Nicole Morales of Art of Opening and Vickii Gervais of Homebirth Midwife, both of whom I’d know for some time, but had not worked with yet.

The day of Esequiel’s home birth came (although they didn’t know YET that it was a boy…!), and I joined Christina and Josh at their condo. Christina had visualized her labor taking 6-9 hours, and sure enough she was right on!
Their little boy was born in the tub, in to his Mama’s hands, at 8.25am on June 16th, 2014. It was absolutely perfect, just the way she’s imagined.

I’ve attended close to 30 births over the last 3 years, but when the Dads get emotional, I get emotional. It was simply beautiful witnessing Josh’s reaction to the birth of his son – raw, real, uninhibited. Don’t even get me started on the love Christina and Josh have for each other…. amazing!

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