It is a great privilege to be a small part of every birth that I photograph, but this birth was special to me for a couple of reasons. Chris and Elizabeth are dear friends of mine and they had their baby at home. It is always a beautiful thing to witness a couple work together to bring life into the world in their own environment. Elizabeth’s first birth at home was rather difficult for her since she labored for over 30 hours with very slow progress. Things turned out very well in the end although she was close to needing to transfer to the hospital. I was hoping and praying that things would go smoother this time, but either way, I couldn’t wait to document their birth for them!
Elizabeth’s water broke late Friday night, but contractions didn’t start right away. She told me she was going to get some sleep and I remained on stand-by that night. Baby Eleanor was very kind and let us all get some sleep that night! Elizabeth’s contractions started early the next morning and by 8:00am they were getting pretty regular. I had another session Saturday morning and decided I would head up to their house in Dayton afterward.
When I arrived about 2:00pm, Elizabeth was well into active labor and in “the zone”. Chris and her lovely birth team were supporting her while Elizabeth listened to her body and prepared to birth her baby. She showed such calm and strength throughout, even though I know that’s not how she felt inside! When the time came Elizabeth found it very hard to believe that it was actually time to push her baby out! But lo and behold, their little girl arrived at 4:51pm to cries of joy and relief. Chris and Elizabeth (especially Elizabeth) were so happy that this birth was not a repeat of last time. I don’t think Elizabeth could believe it until she was able to reach down and actually touch her baby!
Congratulations and many blessings to you all, Chris and Elizabeth! Thank you so much for letting me take part in this beautiful day. As always, the images tell the story much better than I can. 🙂
Enjoy your slideshow and don’t forget to click the little “HD” in the upper-right hand corner of the slideshow to watch in HD. 🙂
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