In honor of labor day I thought I'd post just a few photos from a labor very special to me :)
I attended my sister's birth last week at Beach Cities Midwifery in Orange County and I was so honored she wanted me there to witness (and partially document) the birth of my nephew. I'm moved by all the births I attend but when it's family it's even more emotional and I couldn't have been more proud of my sister than I was the day baby Dex was born. She was strong and focused throughout the whole labor and still managed to keep us laughing with her sense of humor. My brother-in-law was comforting, encouraging and the perfect support for my sister... they really made the perfect team. With the help of the midwives and her doula, Tammy, baby Declan was born at 1:16pm on August 23, 2013 weighing in at 6 lbs. 14 oz. and 18.5 in.
Here's one of my sweet nephew at two days old...
I've been photographing this family for years (ever since their first, Max, was born) so I was thrilled to document Stella's birth at Cedars this week. Little Stella's entrance was a quick one, after only a few hours of labor and 1.5 pushes she was here... lucky momma! I told Cindy she couldn't push until 6:48 (sunrise) as a joke but like clockwork she started pushing at 6:48 and Stella was born at 6:50! I should make that request more often... Here are a few of my favorite photos from Stella's birth, I'll be posting more soon after her newborn session so stay tuned :) Thanks to Cindy & Jesse for letting me share these with you...
I photographed the birth of beautiful baby Lucas last month at Cedars Sinai in Beverly Hills after being on call for only one day! Thanks baby Lucas :) I got to spend a lot of quality time with this family and they were all so much fun, constantly joking and telling stories while still tending to the soon to be momma. Lucas is very blessed to have such a large family with lots of doting aunties. New dad David kept me laughing the entire time and when it came time to push he was the most fantastic coach. When baby Lucas was finally born he turned into a big ball of mush, it was spectacular.
Special thanks goes to Dr. Rothbart for not only being a superstar doctor but also for providing me with a great birth shot, thanks Doc! I also have to thank Lucas' parents for allowing me to share some of these very special and intimate moments with all of you, thanks again for an amazing experience.
I had the privilege of documenting baby Rylan's entrance to the world last month with the team of midwives at UCLA and the amazing Margie Levy of Supportive Doula Services. Rylan's momma was such a rock star during the entire labor, it was yet another powerful and incredibly emotional experience and I'm so fortunate that they invited me to document it for them. Congratulations again on a beautiful baby boy, I can't wait to see him again soon!