I recently had the chance to photograph my first birth. I arrived when mom, Natasha, was about 7 cm dilated to a room in the Plano Birth Center that was quiet, dim, and peaceful. I documented as mom had contractions every three minutes and calmly moved from position to position in hopes of finding relief. Brad, the father is a professional baseball coach and was in the middle of a game when Mom went into labor. He rushed to the airport trying to make it back from San Diego in time to see his first child being born. We Zoomed him in and he watched from his phone as mom labored until his plane took off.
The story that unfolded between Natasha, her mother and her birthing team was one of compassion, nurturing and support. I watched as she courageously and naturally birthed baby Archie into the water, just as she had hoped. Brad’s flight didn’t make it in time for Archie’s birth and that made my job even more important. I wanted to capture the emotion and powerfulness of the spiritual experience that we all witnessed that night. It truly was my honor to be a part of it. I will forever feel bonded to this wonderful family. The text that I received from Dad after he was able to view the gallery was everything that I needed. Little Archie came into the world at 10:10pm. 10 days later, his great grandmother exited the world at 10:10 PM. What a beautiful sign sent from Heaven.
Document these moments, for it’s the small details that fade the fastest, yet mean the most.