The power of Birth Documentary Photography

Newborns are where I began, as a photographer.  Working at a couple of local hospitals, and photographing over 1,000 babies and families over the course of the first couple years, I fell in love with the process of birth, and of course, those cuddly sweet newborns ❤

Birth is beautiful.  Documenting it fills my heart with joy, and it is impossible not to fall in love with the families, the children, and the process.  There is enormous power in the moments leading up to a birth, such community and strength.  And so much more to a birth than the crowning moment, or the first breath.   There are hours of labor, of love, of support, of the environment, of the details… for many families, births are one of the most special and defining moments in their lives.  Every birth I witness is an epic journey.  No matter how many children the mother has had.  No matter how prepared or surprised by labor.  No matter if it is in a hospital or a birthing center, an operating room or a delivery room, it is ALWAYS remarkable to witness, and an incredible gift to the family, to have that moment captured forever. No matter what is felt, what is said in those sacred hours, no matter the circumstances, each story is a Dance of Truth.  Truth of the Body, Truth of the Spirit.  At no other time in our lives are we, as women, forced to face that kind of urgent and consuming Truth.

So, as my first photography blog, it is only appropriate that I pay homage to where my love of photography began: with a birth.  And what a special one it was…this brave mama planned for a VBAC, after overcoming the trauma of a very difficult first birth.  And she gathered her tribe, to support that effort.  Highest praise for doula Pamela Sauls, (Your Birth Helper) who coached and assisted with unflagging dedication over a full day of hospital labor, and who used every trick in the book to keep VBAC on the table.    Also, the steady encouragement of her husband, Larry, and a supportive hospital staff,  Jennifer Crumpler, nurses Lexi and Nancy, and the entire team- ten people in the room at the time of delivery.  I was honored to be asked to document the process, and along with everyone else, poured all my energy into supporting one of the strongest, bravest, most humble and beautiful women I know.  Rachel, you are loved!

I am so grateful for the photography service I am able to offer, and endlessly inspired by the brave women and the husbands and family and medical staff who support them during their time of Truth.

It is with the trust and permission of this family, and the utmost respect for this process, that I share a few of their birth story moments.  If you are interested in documenting your birth, or would like to give this amazing gift to an expecting family, you can reach me at: and the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers.

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