Let me tell you a story…
On a warm almost-summer’s day I got a message that a baby was coming. By late morning I arrived at their home, a house in a neighborhood that bumped into a big green park, and was let inside amid whispers of welcome & anticipation. I readied my camera.
There I found a blue pool, a great-grandma knitting, a doula soothing & supporting, a midwife reading a book with watchful eyes on her client & her assistant in scrubs jotting down times in a detailed log.
Her husband listened & stroked, her midwife waited, her sisters & mother & grandmother said silent prayers with quiet compassion, her doula waved calming essential oils under her nose.As the baby’s birth seemed more imminent, she leaned into his hands. Four pairs of strong hands helped her fall back against the pool walls as her baby’s head began to crown. The passive work of labor had progressed & she was ready.
The incredible rush & the incredulous relief of holding your baby in your arms at last. Everyone in the room felt the emotion written on his face.
Covered in soft baby-frosting, she was held in her mama’s arms as the midwife listened to her heart & blanketed her with a towel.Soon, she found her dad’s finger & held on tight.
So that mom could get some healing attention, grandma was more than happy to love on her new grandchild. After fussing for a minute she settled into her arms, blinking at the afternoon light filtering through the window until she closed her eyes to rest. Being born is hard work for babies too.
When it was finally her big brother’s turn to hold her, his eyes lit up as he reached for her. His dad said, “You can give her a kiss” and so he did. But the best part was the discovery of her tiny perfect fingers.
Thank you Melissa & Donnie for sharing your peaceful birth day with me & inviting me to come photograph such an important time in your lives. This is just the beginning of her story.
As I got ready to leave big sis & baby sis needed some comfort nursing & I got my favorite shot.
I’m so happy to include the contact info for the wonderful midwife & doula:
The midwife pictured here is Lisa Beherec, a CPM offering homebirth and waterbirth services between Williamsport and State College. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Offering comfort and introspection on your sacred journey Lisa Mael Birth/Postpartum Doula email@example.com (570) 784-2580 Bloomsburg, Pa area