Fenton’s Birth {VBAC in Bellingham}

Fenton’s Birth: VBAC in Bellingham, WaBeautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Two years ago I had the honor of witnessing Kylee have a beautiful VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) with her daughter Magnolia.

Earlier this month she was at it again, working hard to birth her first son, Fenton.

Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Kaylee had to be induced due to high blood pressure. This was several weeks before her due date and we only just squeezed in maternity photos before her induction.

Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Once again, Kaylee had assembled a great support team.

Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography. Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography. Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography. Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Kaylee is an amazing, strong woman. She looks sweet. She is sweet. But she is also fierce and determined this is one mama who knows how to fight for what she believes in. 

Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Smiling while she pushes out an 8 pound 8 ounce baby? You bet.

Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Just look at daddy’s face! Isn’t that the best?

Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Fenton came earthside fast and ended up needing a bit of help.

Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Safe in daddy’s arms.

Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography. Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography. Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography. Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography. Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Beautiful VBAC in Bellingham, WA. Photos by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

After a few minutes of bonding with mom, Fenton was headed off to the nursery to monitor his breathing.

Congratulations Kaylee and Shane! Fenton is a beautiful baby boy.

Renee Bergeron is a birth photographer based in Bellingham, WA. She serves all of Whatcom and Skagit county.

Call to book a session: 360-383-7889

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The Birth of Walter {Bellingham Birth Photography}

I have been a Bellingham birth photographer since 2010.

It never, ever gets old.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

I was shopping at Walmart when I got the text that Amy was in labor and things were moving fast.

I finished paying for my purchases and headed home to grab my bag.

I always have it packed and ready to go by 38 weeks, so it was a quick trip home.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

I love shooting births at Birth Roots Birth Center. The rooms are spacious and full of natural light. I was hoping for a daytime birth so I could take advantage of the beautiful lighting.

I was hoping for a daytime birth so I could take advantage of the beautiful lighting.

Amy was already working hard when I arrived.

She was settled in the birth tub, comfortable and in her zone.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

As a birth photographer, I always try to stay in the background. I always try to be aware of the atmosphere and vibe in the room.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Amy’s baby was posterior which meant pushing took a lot longer than and was much harder than during many births.

But she did it!

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

 

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Walter was overdue and his tiny wrinkly feet showed it.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Walter was also big.

And chunky!

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

TEN POUNDS!

A ten-pound posterior baby! 

I know they say you don’t get a medal for giving birth without drugs, but I think Amy deserves one.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth. Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

Big brother Jack wasn’t sure about the new baby thing…

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth. Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

and kept trying to escape.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the beauty of birth.

But big sister, Evelyn? She was enthralled.

Congratulations, Amy and Marcus!

You have a beautiful family.

Renee Bergeron is a Bellingham-based birth photographer who has captured the arrival of over 40 babies.

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Birth of a Rainbow Baby {Asa}

Ten months ago a very special little boy was born. His name was Matthew, he had Trisomy 18 and he was stillborn.

I had the honor of photographing Matthew’s birth. Jessica and Jon showed such amazing strength and courage as they walked through a difficult, complicated pregnancy and birth. I will never forget the moment Jon held Mathew in his arms and looked up at his parents and said, “We saw this through to the end. We have no regrets”.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Jessica got pregnant quickly after Matthew’s birth. Prenatal testing showed this baby, also a boy, was healthy and strong! To say I was excited about photographing this birth would be an understatement.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Jessica’s labor with Matthew was long and hard. Her labor with Asa was much shorter and she handled the contractions amazingly! When I arrived she was at 8 centimeters and still laughing and joking between contractions.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Soon enough Jessica got more quiet and serious. Things were moving along.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room when Asa let out his first cry.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth. Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Asa has the most amazing head of swirly blonde hair!

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Rainbow baby, Asa's beautiful birth center birth. Bellingham birth.

Congratulations, Jon and Jessica. Your little boy is beautiful!  Thank you for allowing me to document his story.

Rainbow baby, Asa, and his big brother Matthew's clothes.

Asa with big brother Matthew’s clothes.


Birth team

Midwife, Allie Watkins from Haven Midwifery.

Doula, Carolynn Slocum from Birth by Design Doula Services.

Renee Bergeron owner of Little Earthling Photography is a birth and newborn photographer based in Bellingham, WA.

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Breech Baby Turned Vertex {Finn’s Story}

Birth doesn’t always go as planned. In fact, I’d venture to say that birth rarely goes as planned. Melissa had a beautiful homebirth with her daughter and was looking forward to the same with her son. The problem? Her little guy was breech. No amount of manipulation or encouragement could get baby Finn to turn head down. Melissa and her husband Mark dealt with the change of plans with such grace; when he wouldn’t budge, they they settled on a planned c-section. Melissa was sad to lose the dream of a  homebirth but wanted what was best for her baby.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

The morning of Melissa’s scheduled c-section, I had another client in early labor. Despite their due dates being ten days apart, it looked like their little boys would arrive on the same day. I called my back up to head to the birth center for my other couple and checked into the hospital with Melissa and Mark.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

Melissa got all settled into her room. The nurse set up an IV, they had a cap and suit ready for Mark to wear in to the OR. All that was left was to do a final ultrasound to confirm that the baby was still breech.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

Now, I am the first to admit that I rarely know what is going on in an ultrasound image. I can detect the flash of a beating heart, but that’s about it. Despite my poor ultrasound reading abilities, when the doctor did the ultrasound on Melissa, all I saw was a big, round circle….a circle that looked suspiciously like a head at the bottom of her stomach.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

I was off in the corner documenting it all…I love how you can see the interest growing in just what was showing up on that ultrasound screen…sure enough, baby Finn had defied the odds and turned head down; no c-section necessary.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

Melissa immediately called her midwife to discuss the turn of events. The doctor gave them the option to head home or stay and be induced. After a lot of discussion they made the decision to stay and be induced. After learning she didn’t need a c-section after all, Melissa didn’t want to risk Finn turning breech again.

At this point, things slowed down. I left to go relieve my backup photographer and photograph the birth of my other client at the birth center just a few miles away. That baby boy, also with the name Finn, was born within an hour or so. I stayed for about two hours after his birth, capturing all of his first moments. Things were still moving slowly for Melissa, so I headed home.  Once things picked up in the afternoon, I headed back to the hospital to capture the birth.

Labor had kicked in and Melissa was working hard.

After a fast first delivery of her daughter, Melissa was in for a long, slow ride this time. She and Marked worked together beautifully.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!  The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

When Finn finally arrived, he needed a bit of help and was taken to the warming bed.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

Finn’s daddy stayed by his side the whole time, lovingly watching over him.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

Finn was born covered with a  rash, so the nurses called the pediatrician to look him over.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!  The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex! The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

After a thorough once over, Finn was declared fine and finally taken to his mama’s waiting arms.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

Finally, finally Melissa had her reward in her arms. I think her face says everything right here.

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

The c-section was scheduled and mom checked in only to discover their breech baby had turned vertex!

Congratulations, Melissa and Mark! You did an amazing job brining Finn into this world. You faced disappointment and stress at every turn. You showed courage and grace through the entire experience. I feel so honored to have been invited into your birth space.

Finn is amazing!

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Water Birth of Lydia

Lydia’s water birth was unusual for me in several ways. First of all, her mom Lynn booked me less than 24 hours before her birth! Usually moms contact me very early in pregnancy, often as soon as they have a positive pregnancy test. Lynn’s due date was so soon (the next week) that I felt very comfortable booking her, knowing it was unlikely her labor would overlap with my other June clients.

Beautiful, natural water birth of Lydia . Bellingham Birth Center

Early Sunday morning I got a text from Lynn’s doula (and my good friend) Carolynn. Lynn was in early labor, but there was no reason to rush to the Bellingham Birth Center. Chuck and the kids got ready for church, while I stayed home with my 13-year-old who was still sleeping. I had my bag packed and ready. I was folding laundry and cleaning the kitchen when I got another text from  Carolynn. Things were picking up and it was time to come! I rushed downstairs to way up my son. My plan was to drop him off at church which is just a couple of miles past the birth center, then head over to the birth.

Except before I reached the birth center I got another text…Lynn was feeling “pushy”. I spent the next five minutes explaining to my thirteen year old son that we would be going straight to the birth center. He could stay in the waiting room and I would call his dad and have him pick him up. He eyed me nervously….as only a thirteen year old boy can. Who knew what was going through his mind…

Beautiful, natural water birth of Lydia . Bellingham Birth Center

Lynn was laboring in the birth tub when I arrived. She was working hard but so in control. It was hard to believe she was so close to giving birth. She was supported by her husband, Reid, and doula Carolynn.

Beautiful, natural water birth of Lydia . Bellingham Birth Center

Within a half an hour of my arrival she was quietly pushing.

The moment of birth was surprising as well. Lynn delivered Lydia’s head in the tub, but was unable to push the rest of her body out. The midwife quickly called for a birth stool, and helped Lynn out of the tub…with the baby’s head already born. The power and strength of a woman in labor will never cease to amaze me!

{I have photos of that part, but they are more graphic than I share  publicly}

Once Lynn was on the birthing stool, she delivered the rest of Lydia’s body easily.

Beautiful, natural water birth of Lydia . Bellingham Birth Center

Lynn had one very specific request when she booked me to capture her birth. She wanted a photo of her baby still attached to the umbilical cord. I have never taken an image like this, nor had a client request it, but I was thrilled at the suggestion. An hour or so after Lydia’s birth, Carolynn and I spread out a white towel and set up this image.

Baby still attached to placenta .Little Earthling Photography

Less than 12 hours after posting it on Facebook, I was contacted by SheKnows.com. They wanted to share the image. After getting Lynn’s permission, and the article in SheKnows came out, the photo was also featured on: ABC News, Parents.com and Redbook. It was such a surprise, since I very nearly didn’t photograph this birth at all!

Beautiful, natural water birth of Lydia . Bellingham Birth Center

 

Congratulations, Lynn and Reid! It was such an honor to be able to capture Lydia’s birth.

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