Yesterday – May 15th, 2012
1:30am : I wake up to my phone ringing, and a message from Chad (Veronica’s husband) telling me its time, and that Veronica is finally in labor! (yay!) I text him back asking how far along she is, and to let me know when she is at about 7cm.
1:55am : I got a text back saying she was 8cm dilated! Wow! It was go time!! I rolled out of bed, and with my jammies still on, no make up , or a ounce of hair product, I grab my camera and am out the door!!
2:30am : I arrive at Chad and Veronica’s house. The mood is very calm with relaxing coaching music playing in the back ground, Veronica breathing through contractions, submerged in an inflatable pool, with her best friend Emily’s arms around her. And just a couple other people there reassuring her how great she is doing. Then, as soon as I set my bag down, and tossed in a new camera battery, Veronica was ready to push! Thank God I got there in time!
3:00am : After maybe 20-30 minutes of pushing, Katurah Nellene Darling was born at exactly 3:00am, 8lbs 2oz , and 21 inches long. She is beautiful, and so perfect! Everyone in the room was instantly teary, and so happy to be part of sweet Katurah’s birthday.
Being part of Katurah’s birth was nothing short of beautiful. I was so impressed by Veronica, and how easy she made it look, and how well she handled labor. Chad was a wonderful, loving birthing coach, along with Veronica’s best friend Emily, her son Connor (who did fantastic!), Chad’s sweet mom, and Veronica’s wonderful midwives Sarah and Sue (from GreenLeaf Midwifery). She just had such a fantastic, calming , encouraging team. Besides the wonderful people in the room, it was abundantly clear that sweet Katurah was a beautiful, perfect gift from God. That amazing experience can not be credited to any one else. It was truly amazing to witness and experience with them, and I will treasure those moments all my life!
Here are a few of my favorite images of the day. If the gift of life offends you at all, please don’t look– otherwise, enjoy!
(all photos happily approved for the blog by proud momma Veronica!)
Veronica & Chad, thank you SO SO much for asking me to be part of this beautiful day in your lives. It was such an honor to be there to witness, and photograph the birth of your perfect daughter. It honestly mean’s the world that you opened up your home, and lives to me in that way. And thanks so much for letting me share some images from the day!