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

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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}

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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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Bellingham Birth Photographer: Mace’s Beautiful Homebirth

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I was at the Aquatic Center enjoying an afternoon of cool water with my kids when the call came from Alyssa that her water had broke and she was in labor. I laughed when I saw the date because Alyssa had assured me that she always goes past 41 weeks and yet here she was, in labor, on her due date!

I love daylight labors especially when I get to photograph a birth in a room with big open windows like Alyssa and Steve’s home. Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Alyssa’s husband spent the afternoon filling up the birth tub….

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

…while the older children came in and out of the room…mostly bored but occasionally interested in the proceedings.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Alyssa worked hard breathing through her contractions and accepting each one as they came resting in between as she could.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Homebirths are often relaxed and festive events. Alyssa’s labor was no different. We talked and laughed and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine. When dinner time rolled around Steve went to a nearby store and brought home soup, salads, and sandwiches. The kids hung out totally comfortable in their home.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

As the sun set labor picked up. The room darkened our voices quieted and Alyssa focused on the work ahead of her. She listened to her body and soon was gently pushing her baby out into the world.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Mace was born at home in the water surrounded by love and family. Bellingham birth photographer.

Congratulations Alyssa, Steve, and family! It was such an honor to witness Mace’s journey earthside!

Renee Bergeron is a Bellingham birth photographer who specializes in capturing the beauty of birth as it unfolds. Call to book a session: 360-383-7889.

 

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Fenton’s Birth {VBAC in Bellingham}

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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}

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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}

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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}

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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

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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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Aria’s Birth {Bellingham Birth Center}

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As a birth photographer, I never know quite what I am going to be walking into when I get The Call…am I in for a long night? Or will I barely make it in time? Birth is never, ever predicable. I was called to the Bellingham Birth Center in the middle of the night and as soon as I walked in the room, I knew I would be home before breakfast. Cassie was already hard at work and complete in her birth zone.The beautiful natural birth of Aria at the Bellingham Birth Center. Photos by Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography

I love attending birth center births. My first two children were born at a birth center up in Alaska, so these births always have a special place in my heart.

The beautiful natural birth of Aria at the Bellingham Birth Center. Photos by Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography

The beautiful natural birth of Aria at the Bellingham Birth Center. Photos by Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography

Cassie was completely focused on the task at hand…barely aware of the other people in the room. With no prompting, she began pushing when the time came.

The beautiful natural birth of Aria at the Bellingham Birth Center. Photos by Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography

Cassie’s water broke in a huge gush, drenching the midwife. Baby Aria was on her way out, so there was no time to clean up.

The beautiful natural birth of Aria at the Bellingham Birth Center. Photos by Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography

As soon as Aria was in her mama’s arms, Cassie curled up around her and just held her close. It was such a touching moment.

The beautiful natural birth of Aria at the Bellingham Birth Center. Photos by Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography

Dad and Grandpa admiring brand, new Aria.

The beautiful natural birth of Aria at the Bellingham Birth Center. Photos by Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography

I don’t think there has ever been a more proud or prepared big sister than Eliana! Even being awaken in the  middle of the night and brought to the Bellingham Birth Center wasn’t enough to dampen her enthusiasm! She talked and talked and talked some more…all about her baby, who she insisted on being named Aria.

The beautiful natural birth of Aria at the Bellingham Birth Center. Photos by Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography

The beautiful natural birth of Aria at the Bellingham Birth Center. Photos by Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography

Once Elaina left with her grandparents to be tucked back in bed, it was time to dress baby Aria…

The beautiful natural birth of Aria at the Bellingham Birth Center. Photos by Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography

Congratulations, Cassie and Jase! Your daughter is beautiful.


Renee Bergeron is a Bellingham birth photographer and owner of Little Earthling Photography. To learn more call: 360-383-7889

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Harlan’s Birth {35 Week Preemie}

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I received a text from Quincey in the middle of the night, five weeks before her due date.

I had a lull between birth clients in February. My December and January clients had given birth. I had two births booked for March, but none for February. As much as I love being a birth photographer, the on-call nights can be tough, so I always relish the small breaks between clients.

Quincey’s text came as surprise. She wasn’t even that close to her due date! It turns out, her little boy was in a big hurry to arrive. Because he was so early Quincey’s planned birth center birth turned into a hospital birth. Stunning birth images of a 25 week preemie by Little Earthling Photography of Bellingham, WA.Nick and Quincey made an amazing team. They were so in touch and connected to each other. Stunning birth images of a 25 week preemie by Little Earthling Photography of Bellingham, WA.

Quincey was experience a lot of pain during her labor, including severe pain in her side. She labored with amazing strength and courage!

The birth of Harlan, a 35 week preemie by Little Earthling Photography, Bellingham, WA

Stunning birth images of a 35 week preemie by Little Earthling Photography of Bellingham, WA.

Stunning birth images of a 35 week preemie by Little Earthling Photography of Bellingham, WA.

Stunning birth images of a 35 week preemie by Little Earthling Photography of Bellingham, WA.

Because Harlan was so early, he had to be taken directly to the warmer.

Stunning birth images of a 35 week preemie by Little Earthling Photography of Bellingham, WA.

Quincey had just a few precious moments with Harlan before he was taken to the nursery. He needed a little bit of support and spent a couple of weeks in the hospital.

Luckily, I was able to  go back and capture images of Harlan in his home once he was released from the hospital. I will share those photos soon.

Congratulations Quincey and Nick! Harlan is a beautiful baby.

Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling photography specializes in birth and lifestyle photography. Call to book an appointment: 360-383-7889

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