As a part of my busy month of July, you can chalk up my first time attending a birth not transpiring in my own body and photographing that birth. Pretty intense if you ask me!
Birth photography was something extremely important to me when preparing for my son Isaac’s birth and my husband and I aligned services from Melissa with Moments in Time Photography. It was unfortunate in only one way that Isaac made his arrival so quickly [less than two hours after being admitted to the hospital], we made an incorrect judgement call in telling Melissa to stay home. We did not get photos from Isaac’s birth and if I hadn’t reminded Tony to grab the point and shoot, I’m not sure what pictures we would have at all!
That being said, when I was approached by my friend Randine to photograph her upcoming home birth I jumped at the opportunity. When I received the phone call from her doula early one morning and distinctly heard the deep groans of labor in the background, I won’t lie, I wondered what I was getting myself into.
Randine is a birth advocate, quick to recite “Trust Birth,” and had planned so many aspects of her birth. The water birth, her friend Jenny acted as her doula and Vanessa’s limited action as her midwife allowed Randine to advance her birth just as her body told her. Her husband Chris never ceased to show Randine support.
After that though . . . transition hit and it hit hard. There were a few short minutes between contractions that would result in furtive requests by Randine to be done, but there was no desperation or conviction in her voice. She knew that if anyone was in control, that she was.
Words of comfort, placement of hands to provide counter pressure and the like were useless. Randine was on her own while we all watched. She was alone in her pain, but knew there was only one possible outcome: her child’s arrival.
Congratulations again Randine. I can’t thank you enough for asking me to go outside of my comfort zone and attend Soren’s birth. You were a true inspiration. I know that some of the true labor pictures are difficult to view, but please know even in your few moments of weakness, you were nothing less than inspiring to me. The strength and dignity that you showed? Absolutely incredible.