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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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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The Birth of Odessa {Bellingham Photographer}

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Sweet little Odessa was in a hurry to arrive. Not only was she born a bit early, but she arrived just ten minutes after her daddy called me! I’m fast, but not quite that fast. While I missed Odessa’s actual arrival, I was there to capture her first moments.bellingham photographer bellingham photographerbellingham photographerbellingham photographerbellingham photographer bellingham photographerbellingham photographer bellingham photographer bellingham photographerbellingham photographer bellingham photographerbellingham photographerCongratulations on your beautiful little girl!

 

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Eliana {Bellingham Birth Photographer}

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I have had the honor of being a Bellingham birth photographer for almost four years now. Each birth is so unique, so beautiful. I have especially enjoyed watching mamas who use hypnobirthing. Whether in the hospital or at home, these mamas have amazed me. Eliana’s labor looked like it was going to be long and slow, but at is turns out, her mama was just extremely relaxed and focused on her birth. In the end, she was born more quickly than anyone expected.

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I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of big brother plugging his ears because his new sister was crying too much!

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Congratulations Sarah, Shawn, Cody and Connor. Your baby is beautiful!

 

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