Birth Photography of the Cincinnati homebirth of Elizabeth.
Twin Cesarean Birth of Jared + Porter
Cincinnati Doula + Birth Photographer
"It's time, they're prepping me for birth", Heather had sent me through text in the early morning hours. I grabbed my gear and headed to Bethesda North hospital.
When I arrived, her laboring room was empty and nobody was picking up their phone. I panicked, believing I had missed the opportunity to walk with her into her birth space in the operating room. I waited in the waiting room, disappointed with myself for not making it in time. Finally, her husband called me back into the operating waiting area. And while Heather was finishing being prepped for delivery, her husband and I talked and processed what was about to happen. Their twin baby boys were about to be born premature via cesarean.
Heather was ready. The delivery was ready. The NICU team was ready. They called both James and I back, and into the operating room and to Heather's side, we went.
Cesarean mothers are warrior mothers.
Welcome to the world, Jared + Porter.
The Birth I Almost Missed
Cincinnati + Dayton Birth Photography
Mom was scheduled for an induction, but her daughter had other plans. I woke up in the morning to a call saying they're already at the hospital... that she's been laboring for hours but they don't need me yet. So I wait.
We stay in touch through the morning. Nothing substantial seems to be happening. I only attend births when I am specifically requested to come.
And then I get THE text. "She's 9.5cm. It's go time!"
I have to be honest, I did not think I was going to make it to the hospital before her daughter would be born. I was still home. It was raining pretty hard. The drive to the hospital would be about 15-30 minutes depending on traffic.
I'm in a panic. I'm rushing. I fly into the car. I race to the hospital. When I park, I start running. I run through the parking lot into the hospital. I run through the hallways to the elevator. In the elevator, I throw my camera together and hope the settings will be good enough. I run from the elevator into their room. Sure, I may have looked frazzled and while.
But I arrived just in time.
Mom was centered. Focused. And in just a couple minutes, her daughter was born.
The Cincinnati Homebirth of Zara
Cincinnati + Dayton Birth Photographer + Doula
Happy birthday, sweet pumpkin.