birth necklace worn during labor

a birth necklace worn during labor carries her baby’s name.  it was their third pregnancy and their first girl.  ginny wore this necklace of her baby girl’s  name to help her keep focused during the transitional part of labor at their local birthing center hospital.  this necklace worn at her birth will be an awesome story to tell baby girl sadie when she is older.  and how excited she was to finally meet her baby girl.

she had an amazing support team with her: husband, midwife, doula, birth photographer, and the grandparents who were waiting outside the room. all these folks were friends as well. her husband took a photo of her team in action, all in a line giving and receiving back rubs at the same time! that is teamwork! photo of this is at the end of the post.

her husband was wonderful and attentive during the birth. as he paced the floor at times,  i might have noticed  some beard stroking in between contractions…. my husband also has a bearded face and strokes his beard when he is in deep thought too.  her parents were also close, waiting outside the room until the baby was born. as a grammie myself, it was such a sweet sight for me to see their first meeting.

ginny’s last couple of weeks included packing up boxes as quickly as she could before  labor started. she was preparing for their move to a new home in another state.  many hands helped her recover after childbirth and packed up her home.

there were so many emotions swirling around in the delivery room that day because of the new job and changing address coming so soon.  it was bittersweet for me to know she was moving.  i have loved being with her during her last two deliveries.

hospital birth, natural childbirth, husband-supported childbirth

hospital birth, natural childbirth, husband supported childbirth,

hospital birth, natural childbirth, husband-supported childbirth

hospital birth, natural childbirth, husband-supported childbirth

hospital birth, natural childbirth, husband-supported childbirth

hospital birth, natural childbirth, husband-supported childbirth

hospital birth, natural childbirth, husband-supported childbirth

hospital birth, natural childbirth, husband-supported childbirth

hospital birth, natural childbirth, husband-supported childbirth

hospital birth, natural childbirth, husband-supported childbirth

hospital birth, natural childbirth, husband-supported childbirth

hospital birth, natural childbirth, husband-supported childbirth

hospital birth, natural childbirth,

More about Laura’s birth photography in Christiansburg, VA and surrounding area.
a former labor and delivery nurse of 25 years, I am now working as a hospital/home birth documentary photographer in southwest Virginia and loving it.  being back in the birthing room feels like coming home.  quiet, calm, and confident in the birthing room, I can anticipate the events and therefore, I am an excellent choice for photographing the birth of your baby.
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read about  my journey to become a birth photographer. feel free to share this with a friend.  ~laura

 

5 Comments

  1. by Hanna Hill-Destigter on April 25, 2018  7:08 pm Reply

    So many beautiful and powerful images! I love the focus and story you've created about the necklace, a beautiful way to tell her little girl the story one day. And that image of moms emotional reaction is STUNNING! really wonderful job capturing the intensity and joy she felt, beautiful work!

  2. by Maggie Williams on April 25, 2018  7:24 pm Reply

    She even looks like a Sadie!!! What a sweet story--I know Sadie will treasure the meaning behind the necklace. Lovely capturing of their story, Laura. I particularly love the one of Ginny crying right after the birth.

    And it's always fun to meet another rural-ish birth photographer! We're just a few hours away and have some friends in Christiansburg.

  3. by Angela on April 25, 2018  7:35 pm Reply

    Wow! Such a special birth story and something to help keep her so focused during the laboring. Love seeing all the support mama’s get during their birth.

  4. by Lisa on April 26, 2018  12:24 pm Reply

    On my goodness, I almost burst into tears when I saw moms reaction to her sweet baby’s birth. So beautiful!!

  5. by Katie on April 26, 2018  6:01 pm Reply

    One of my favorite things at births is to see emotions from the Dad. It just feels so real as an outsider and adds so much emotion to the story. And I LOVE that you were so attentive you noticed him stroking his beard during moments of concentration. What a special part of the story I bet neither of them either picked up on. This mama looks like she worked peaceful, hard, and strong for her sweet babe!

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