Natural Hospital Birth of Baby A

Let me preface this with a little background info. Ryan and Brittany have been good friends of mine for several years now. We grew very close a few years back and had a very tight knit group of friends. It was so exciting when they got married last September. When they announced their pregnancy, I was so excited to now be able to document the birth of their baby. 
I was able to be there, along with another close friend of ours, when they found out the sex of their baby, a girl, and then again at the birth. It is always that much more special when you get to see these tiny babes in their earliest days and weeks of existance. 

Fast forward to June 26th, I noticed I had a missed call from Brittany; I didn't think much of it because her due date was almost a month away and figured maybe she just wanted to hang out sometime before the baby came. She called again an hour or so later saying her water broke and they were in the hospital, at this point she was 36 weeks and 4 days. We talked and decided to wait until active labor started for me to head to the hospital. 

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I kept in close contact with her and Ryan on and off throughout the night and the next morning contractions still hadn't picked up. I headed up to the hospital around 8am and shortly after I got there they started pitocin to try to get some contractions started. Brittany was very apprehensive about getting the pitocin (and rightly so) but her wonderful nurse, Alaina (who truly was an ANGEL) assured her that they would start low (at 1) and go up VERY slowly if needbe. Pit was started and contractions slowly started, seems little Miss was begining to second guess making her appearence that day! But throughout the day as we relaxed, talked, and enjoyed each others company, her surges began to pick up. Alaina, her nurse, would slowly turn the pit up ever 45 minutes to an hour and slowly but surely active labor started. At this point Ryan and Brittany had been walking the halls, bouncing on the ball, and moving around together through each contraction, especially since labor was really starting to pick up. 

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Once Alaina set the pit to 17 (that sneaky lady!) things REALLY picked up...But Ryan helped keep Brittany focused thorugh each surge. Dancing, moving, rocking, and whispering words of encouragement to her all thoughout. I cannot express how beautiful this was. They were SO in sync, they truly became one and were working together to meet their daughter. 
Then came shift change for nurses and at this point, Brittany was more than 24 hours without food and little to no rest, the surges were coming harder and stronger but she and Ryan kept going, taking each one on and conquering it. 

 


Sometime around 11 Brittany had had enough and requested an epidural. She was at a 4 and -1 station. At this point I decided to head home (a 5 minute drive away) to grab a couple hours of sleep. No sooner had I gotten home and laid down, and her sister Brooke texted and called me saying she was ready to push. I flew out of bed and sped to the hospital. I arrived at 11:56pm and Little Miss A was born at 12:05 a.m. after just a couple pushes. Mama pushed like a champ and Dad helped her through every one. 

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It was such an honor to have been a part of this birth, not only because I got to watch two of my friends become parents, but because these two worked so hard together to meet their baby and it was absolutely beautiful to watch. 

Natural, Unmedicated, Hospital Birth of Baby K

On Friday, March 17th Jenny texted me saying that her planned induction might be cancelled. She was 39 weeks and 6 days and was sitting at 4cm. The hospital she would deliver at was busy and therefor could not proceed with her induction. After texting back and forth all day, hoping they could get her in, we eventually both went to bed to try to get some sleep. 
On this particular night I could not sleep for whatever reason; this should have been a sign because it seems like EVERY time I am on call and I have 1-2 nights of terrible sleep...Mamas usually go into labor within an hour of me falling asleep.
(Seriously this has happened 4 times). 
Finally I fell asleep sometime between 1:30 and 2am on Saturday, March 18th. 

2:17 am: Getting ready to head to the hospital I’ll let you know what they say when we get there my contractions are 1.5-3 mins apart!

Clearly I slept right through that one...
Then at like 4:15ish my phone rang, and then a couple minutes later it rang again, and the 3rd time I finally woke up and heard it. It was Rob saying things were moving fast and I should head up. 
I texted back around 4:56 and arrived shortly after 5am. 

Once I got to the hospital Jenny, although she was progressing quickly, was surprisingly alert, happy and overall in a good mood. Rob was trying to be supportive of his wife while wrangling their 4 older children who were along for the ride. 

 

But very quickly things changed and Jenny was feeling pressure. Sure enough she was complete. The kids were ushered off into the bathroom, the room was set up and Jenny began to push!

And after just a few pushes...Baby K arrived, on his due date at that!

Shortly after he arrived, the older kids got to meet their baby brother! Some were a bit more excited than others.

Then mama got to bond with her new baby and nurse. Followed by weighing and a bath! This was such a beautiful birth and I am so honored to have been invited into the delivery room! Congratulations to Rob, Jenny and the rest of the Hudson Family!

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On June 5th, Baby A's mama texted me letting me know she was at the hospital and 5cm dilated. I quickly gathered my things thinking this would be a quick birth...little did we know this was not the case! Mama was in active labor for 17 HOURS! Including nearly 5 HOURS of pushing!

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That being said, it was such a wonderful day. I have actually known Mama and her roommate almost my entire life and overall it was a very relaxing and enjoyable day, even for mama! Little S (roommate's son) even enjoyed some time in the birthing tub. 

I was so honored to be able to be at this birth and help document it. Thank you and congratulations to the family and friends of Baby A! Welcome earth side little girl.


I would also like to thank the staff at St.Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, WI. They were so helpful and so welcoming to me as a photographer. They were so excited about doing the image below with baby and her placenta.

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Baby C Newborn Session

I was so honored to be able to shoot not only Baby C's birth, but his newborn pictures too. He was such a SWEETIE!  His parents even brought a truck that was his uncle's when he was a little boy! This was also my first session in my new in home studio. Here are some of my favorites from his session.