Last week, I had the AMAZING opportunity to photograph a baby delivery! I don’t get nervous before any of my shoots anymore, but having this be a new challenge, I was a little nervous about photographing such an intimate experience between new parents Jennifer and Spencer. On December 11th, I got the text from Jennifer informing me her water had broke. My 1st reaction was to drop everything I was doing and to rush to the hospital like they do in every sitcom and TV show. But I quickly learned that the birth process, especially a women’s 1st child, is a LONG process. So Jennifer continued to update me with texts throughout the night and I arrived next day in the early afternoon to begin photographing the process. Jennifer chose to have an all natural birth. She did not want to have any pain medications if possible and just let her body do the work. Jennifer also had an amazing Doula, Becky, who helped her through every step of the way. She kept an eye on vitals, helped Jennifer get up and moved around, and spoke encouraging words to Jennifer through the painful moments. It was honestly such an wonderful sight to see someone coach and help someone through such an emotionally and physically draining time. Becky really kept Jennifer focused on each step. Jennifer worked hard all day and into the night working through each contractions calm and collected with the help of Becky and her husband Spencer. As time passed, things weren’t moving along as planned. Ultimately, her midwife informed her that she thought Josiah was going to be a big boy and with Jennifer and Josiah’s well being in mind, they thought it would be best to do a C section. After some discussion between Jennifer, Spencer, and Becky, everyone decided that the C Section was the best option despite it not being part of the birth plan. I was unfortunately not allowed in the Operating room. I waited in the lobby and at 9:45pm I received the text from Spencer saying Baby Josiah was born! I waited until the nurse came out and I was allowed in the recovery room to capture Jennifer and Spencer finally meeting her son for the 1st time. The whole process was very long and I was exhausted (and I wasn’t even the one having a Baby!) but I learned A LOT. I honestly am excited to do this again in the future. Enjoy these special photos!