I got to know Jessica and Mike a bit before their baby’s birth. Initially we me up for coffee and to discuss birth photography. Later on Jessica and I became friends on Facebook and I was happy to get to “know” her a bit more that way. It helped the anticipation build up even more for little Gummy Bear’s birth. By the way, isn’t Gummy Bear the cutest nickname ever?
When I arrived for Arianna’s birth a smile crossed my face as soon as I entered the room. They had it decorated with clothing, a teddy bear and books. So much love for one little baby!
I always feel so honored to be present a birth. Couples invite me into one of the most special, personal days of their life. I do my best to be a “fly on the wall” and simple document what is happening.
Everyone bundled up here is photographic proof of how cold Jessica wanted the room during her labor!
Jessica worked and long and hard during her labor. She was amazingly strong and calm. Little Arianna though wasn’t positioned quite right and it eventually it became apparent that a c-section was necessary. Mike and doula Christi, of Natural Birth Offerings, were both able to go back into the OR with Jessica. I headed home for some sleep and went back the next day to capture Arianna’s beautiful face.
Congratulations, Mike and Jessica! You two are going to make amazing parents!