I love being a part of the Bellingham homebirth community! I have always been a baby lover, fascinated by birth and dreamed of having a houseful of my own children. Now that my youngest is five, I spend my time photographing the miracle of birth. I can’t think of a single thing I would like to do more than this!
I never get tired of the middle of the night “it’s time” phone calls. I am a light-sleeper and morning person by nature, this means waking up to photograph a birth is easy for me. I love the peace of home births. I love cherish the moments when I get to sip hot tea with the family as I take photos. I always try to stay in the background at births and home births are no exception.
Heather and Grayson have such a beautiful home; it is impossible to not feel comfortable in it. Heather was already deep in her labor zone by the time I arrived. I enjoyed the quiet and peace of the night.
Heather was so in tune wither her body and Grayson was in tune with her. It was truly a beautiful thing to watch these two labor together.
It was a matter of minutes between “you’re fully dialated and can push” to Maizy making her grand arrival. Such a beautiful moment of triumph!
Heather and Maizy get to know each other as they stare deeply into each other’s eyes. Can you believe the focus of this baby’s face? She was ready to meet her mama, and obviously recognized her voice.
Before long, big brother Myles woke up and was ready to meet his little sister. He was so precious, snuggling with his mama while he admired his baby sister.
Next Finley woke up and joined her family. She wasn’t quite sure what to think of the baby, the midwives and the photographer all hanging out in her mama and daddy’s room. Soon, however, she was captivated by Maizy.
Once Myles and Finley were both awake and I captured this brand new family of five, I made my exit so they could continue to bond as a family.
Congratulations, Heather, Grayson, Myles and Finely. You have such a beautiful family!
Renee Bergeron is a Bellingham photographer who specializes in birth and lifestyle images.