Welcome Bennett: Bellingham Homebirth Photography

Welcome Bennett: Bellingham Homebirth Photography

One of my favorite things about being a birth photographer is the opportunity to work with families a second or even third time as they welcome a new baby into their growing family. Two years ago I had the privilege of photographing Aria’s birth and was thrilled when Cassie asked me to photograph the birth of their newest baby as well.

Welcome Bennett: Bellingham Homebirth Photography

Aria was born at the Bellingham Birth Center but Cassie was planning a homebirth for her third baby.

When I arrived at Cassie’s house she was obviously in full-blown labor. While she still had a sense of humor between contractions she was working hard.

Welcome Bennett: Bellingham Homebirth Photography

Whenever I photograph a birth I try to stay in the background and give moms and dads their space. I try to capture each moment while being as non-invasive as possible.

Welcome Bennett: Bellingham Homebirth Photography

Jase and Cassie made an amazing team as Cassie worked to bring her baby into the world.

Welcome Bennett: Bellingham Homebirth Photography

Renee Bergeron specializes in birth photography and is based in Bellingham, WA.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

I am always in awe of women giving birth. Whether they choose a medicated birth in the hospital or a homebirth, or anything in-between. Birth is amazing and women’s bodies are amazing.

Grandfather present at the home birth of his grandson. Bellingham homebirth photography.

Both of Cassie’s parents were present for the birth of her baby and when it came time to push Jase went and woke up big sister Elaina so she could witness the birth as well.

Grandfather present at the birth of his grandson. Bellingham home birth photographer.

Big sister Elaina is present for the home birth of her little brother. Bellingham birth photography.

I have photographed many, many births where older siblings have been present and not once has the child been scared. They sometimes worry a bit as mom gets louder, but they have all loved being a part of the process.

Big sister Eliana comforts her mom as she pushes her baby out. Bellingham home birth photography.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

It’s a BOY!!!

Newborn baby still attached to placenta. Captured by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron.

Newborn baby still attached to placenta. Captured by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron.

Newborn baby still attached to placenta. Captured by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron.

Newborn baby still attached to placenta. Captured by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron.

Newborn baby still attached to placenta. Captured by Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron.

Big sister Elaina was thrilled to be able to help cut the cord of baby brother Bennett.

Newborn exam done by midwife after a beautiful home birth in Bellingham.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

Big sister explores her little brother's placenta shortly after birth. Bellingham birth photography.

Big sister helps out her mom after watching her give birth at home. Bellingham birth photography.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

Elaina helps feed her mama fresh fruit after the birth of her baby brother.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

Bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures a beautiful homebirth.

Welcome earthside, Bennett, you are so very loved!

Renee Bergeron is an experienced birth photographer based in Bellingham, Wa. 

 

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The Birth of Umiko

Lauren was already in hard, I need to stop talking and focus during contractions labor, when I arrived at the hospital to photograph the birth of her first baby.

Monitors used to measure baby's heart rate during labor.

I was especially excited to attend Lauren’s birth because her mom, Sarah, is a good friend of mine. I absolutely love it when I am at a birth with friends.

Lauren labored long and hard to bring her first baby girl into the world.

Birth photography in Bellingham, WA by Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Umiko's natural birth in the hospital was long. First births can often take 12 hours or more.

Lauren’s husband Matt was tucked in and resting when I arrived. I love that St. Joseph’s has these couch/beds right in the labor rooms. I’ve slept on them myself, more than once, during a long birth.

Husband supports his wife during labor.

After taking a rest, Matt was ready to get back to helping Lauren labor naturally.

After a rest, Sarah took backstage while Matt supported Lauren.

St Joseph's has nice, large tubs in their birth rooms.

Having given birth nine times myself, I have to say, few things feel as good as a hot bath during labor.

Finally it was time to push her baby out.

Who doesn’t love the excitement that fills the room as moms get ready to push their babies out? Some moms are nervous, some are excited, and some are just downright ready to push their baby out and be done!

Pushing a baby out is one of the most empowering things a woman will do.

The moment of relief. Her baby is out and they meet face-to-face.

The moment of relief. Her baby is out and they meet face-to-face.

Dad sees his baby for the first time.

Newborn baby Umiko is snuggled in on her mama's chest.

Grandma snaps her first photo of newborn baby girl, Umiko.

Grandma snaps her first photo of newborn baby girl, Umiko.

Newborn baby girl Umiko cries out.

Dad holds his newborn baby for the first time.

Skin-to-skin with daddy is such a great way to keep baby warm and comforted while allowing baby to get used to daddy’s smell and heartbeat.

Newborn baby girl, Umiko, cries during her newborn exam.

Everyone expected Umiko to have black hair like her mama. As soon as they laid this sweet baby girl on the exam table, under the heat lamp, I noticed it wasn’t black at all. It was dark blondish-reddish, just like her daddy’s…and the ends were even lighter!

And can we all just take a moment to admire the blond fur on her upper arm?

Newborn baby girl's first exam.

Baby Girl was chubby and happy to scream to let us all know her lungs were working just fine, thank you!

Newborn baby just after birth.

Newborn receives her first newborn exam.

Newborn being examined after birth.

Baby Umiko is weighed shortly after birth.

Dad holding baby after birth.

Mom examines her minutes old baby girl.

My favorite part of the birth may have been when Lauren starred at Umiko and said, in awe, “I made an entire human!”

Yes, you did, Lauren, a gorgeous one at that!

Congratulations, Lauren and Matt! It was such an honor to be present for Umiko’s birth. You three make a perfect family.

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Breastfeeding Session with Mace {Bellingham Photographer}

Breastfeeding Session with Mace {Bellingham Photographer}A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Last summer I photographed Mace’s beautiful, gentle homebirth and then a few days later went back to do his newborn photos. I was thrilled when his mama, Alyssa, contacted me requesting a breastfeeding session.

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

I have had the honor of breastfeeding all of my babies, including the two babies my husband and I adopted. These moments of feeding your baby from your body and such a gift. I know that not every mother can breastfeed her babies, but oh what a joy when mothers can nourish their babies from their own bodies.

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Mace is just gorgeous…can you believe those eyes!

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

He didn’t look grumpy to me!

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

A beautiful breastfeeding session with Mace and his mama by Bellingham Photographer Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

I love our little corner of the Pacific Northwest! I think Bellingham must be one of the most beautiful spots on earth.

If you are interested in booking a photography session, contact Renee Bergeron at 360-383-7889 or send an email: littleearthling at yahoo dot com.

 

 

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Should I Hire a Birth Photographer for my C-Section? {Imogen’s Birth}

Should I Hire a Birth Photographer for my C-Section?

I have been photographing births since 2010 and sometimes I have clients wonder if they should hire a birth photographer if they are having a c-section. As a birth photographer, I am there to document your baby’s birth, no matter how the story unfolds. I have documented home births, birth center births, natural births, births with spinals, epidurals, VBACs, birth with forceps, births with vacuums and, of course, c-sections! No matter what happens, this is your baby’s birth story.

A beautiful maternity session in the woods by Bellingham maternity photographer, Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography.

Now let me share with you about Katy.

Katy contacted me very early in her pregnancy. She and her husband were planning a natural birth at the birth center but placenta previa changed everything. When Katy called to tell me she was going to have to schedule a c-section I assured here that I would still document her baby’s arrival. Plans, or no plans, this was her baby’s story. We had a fantastic maternity session a few weeks before her scheduled c-section and kept in close contact about her upcoming birth plans.

On the morning of their baby’s birth, I met Katy and Bob at the hospital bright and early (actually it was dark; it was 5:30 am) and was able to capture their baby’s story from start to finish. While I wasn’t allowed in the OR, I was still able to capture their baby’s birthday in full.

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

During the actual surgery, I took a coffee break and waited in the waiting room until Katy and Bob were settled back in their room. Then I returned to capture Imogen’s first hours.

So to answer the original question, “Should I Hire a Birth Photographer for my C-Section?” my answer is a hearty, “yes!”

Moms often find they don’t remember the events of the day clearly due to surgery and pain meds. If you end up having a c-section, even if it wasn’t what you hoped for, it is your baby’s birth story. 

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Should I hire a birth photographer for my c-section? Of course, you should!

Welcome earthside, little Imogen! And congratulations, Katy and Bob. I can’t wait for our newborn session.

Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography is a birth photographer based in Bellingham, WA. Call today to book a session. 360-383-7889. 

 

 

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Ailish’s Birth {Mt Vernon Birth Photographer}

I photographed the birth of Pamela’s first daughter, back in 2015. I love it when repeat clients call and book another birth. Not only is re-hiring me an incredible honor but I love getting to know the families better.

Pamela’s first birth was long. Like all day and push for five hours long. Her baby was posterior and it was a massive task to push her out. She dilated quickly the first time around I had a feeling her second birth would go fast.Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Pamela did a great job of keeping me posted on her progress. The night before her baby’s birth she called me at midnight to let me know her water had broken. I love it when I have a bit of advanced notice, especially in this case since Pamela was giving birth at a birth center 45 minutes from my home.

I hopped out of bed, double checked my bag, and fell asleep expecting to be awakened at any moment. Just before six am Pamela called again, this time to let me know contractions had started. At 7:30 am I got the this is it call and I headed out immediately.

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Pamela was obviously in active labor when I arrived. She was focused 100% on her labor experience.

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Sweet little Ailish was born thirty minutes after I arrived. She needed a little bit of help to get breathing but soon pinked up and cried.

Once Ailish was settled in, Konrad left to pick up his older daughter.

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

As it turns out, little Ailish wasn’t so little. Nine-and-a-half pounds. Wow!

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Mt Vernon Birth Photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures Alilish's beautiful birth center birth.

Congratulations, Pamela and Konrad. You have a beautiful family!

Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography is a Bellingham birth photographer who specializes in and documentary photography. 

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