I’m always fascinated to see how clients come to me, sometimes directly, sometimes as a referral. That’s what happened with Michelle. She had hired my friend, Nova Conte of Womb Service, to have her placenta encapsulated, and after they’d got talking, Nova referred her to me for possible birth photography. You see, this was going to be Michelle’s 3rd and final birth, all c-sections, and she wanted more of birth experience than she’s had with her previous c-sections 17 and 20 years ago.
The day before Michelle’s scheduled c-section, I contacted a friend of mine who is a L&D nurse at the hospital to see if she would be working on May 1st – SHE WOULD BE THERE! Nurse Kelly got herself assigned to my client as her nurse for this shift. My plan was coming together…. I arrived an hour before surgery, and started documenting Michelle’s story, getting ready. LUCK was on our side, and the Anesthesiologist allowed me to be in the OR, after they had administered the Spinal block. We were on our way to giving Michelle the birth she had longed for. The curtain was pulled down for Michelle and Ken to see their baby girl as soon as she was born. Baby Scarlett arrived at 8.07am on May 1st – the first baby born in the hospital THAT DAY.
Soon after Scarlett was checked out by the nurses, she was given back to her Mama, who was longing to hold her. Thanks to my L&D nurse friend, Michelle was able to hold Scarlett skin to skin – right there on the OR bed – for at least 20 minutes! It was absolutely magical to witness. While they finalized the suturing on Michelle, I followed Ken and Baby Scarlett back to their hospital room, where Michelle followed shortly after. Soon, their other children and Michelle’s parents arrived to get their first glimpses of Scarlett. What a beautiful day this was!
Eventually, we made our way up to postpartum, where Ken was notified that he’d made Master Chief – the day of his daughter’s birth – and I was there to document it all! I don’t think this day could’ve been any better!
Thank you, Michelle and Ken, for allowing me to be part of this wondrous day – the day Scarlett Kennedy was born.