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Pirkko’s Birth Beautiful Birth at Birthroot Midwives Birth Center

bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the raw beauty of birth
Birthrate Midwives birth center in Bellingham, WA

Sometimes I have moms contact me for birth photography as soon as they have a positive pregnancy test. Other times moms contact me very late in pregnancy. Nesting, it seems, sometimes involves deciding that birth photography is at the top of the list for baby prep. I was so happy to be able to fit Paula and Pablo in to my schedule. I wasn’t booking births for mid-August because my family was planning to spend a week camping on the Oregon coast. Paula was due mid-August, five days after our scheduled return home. I normally guarantee to be in town for the two weeks leading up to a mom’s due date. In this case, we agreed to let Paula’s baby decide whether or not birth photography was in the cards.laboring at the birthroot birth center

Paula’s baby waited for my return to Bellingham, and on the afternoon of her due date, I got the call. When I arrived Paula was still chatty; asking how my camping trip was. I have photographed dozens of births and as a general rule, if the mom is making small talk, the baby’s birth isn’t imminent. laboring in tub at birth center

About an hour after my arrival, Paula became quiet. The Birthroot Midwives Birth Center is a beautiful, roomy facility. The room was peaceful and still, with only the sound of music echoing on the walls.birth-center-birth-bellinghamPaula knew exactly what she was doing, and Pablo knew exactly how to support his wife. They worked seamlessly together through the labor. bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the raw beauty of birthNo one needed to tell Paula it was time to push. Her body knew exactly what it was doing.Bellingham birth photographer, Renee Bergeron, captures a beautiful water birthWith very little fanfare, tiny Pirkko made her arrival into the world! A head full of thick, luscious hair and covered in vernix. bellingham birth photographer

belligham-birth-photography-2bellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the raw beauty of birthbellingham birth photographer Renee Bergeron captures the raw beauty of birthCongratulations Paula and Pablo! It was an honor to be invited to Pirkko’s birth.


Renee Bergeron of Little Earthling Photography, captures the raw beauty of birth photography.



  1. Davene Grace

    I absolutely love your birth photography!! You probably know that by now. 😉

    But the picture in this post that took my breath away was the one in which she is pushing and hanging onto Pablo’s leg. What emotion! What power! Great, GREAT capture, Renee!! 🙂

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