Bellingham Birth Photographer: Mace’s Beautiful Homebirth

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}

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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