Birth rarely goes exactly as we plan and Odessa’s birth was no exception. Erica ended up needing to be induced a few weeks early. Baby Odessa was obviously ready to be born because labor kicked in fast.
I got a call from Erica’s husband telling me that the nurses told him it would probably be “showtime” within 15 minutes.
“What do you mean by showtime?” I asked
“The baby will be here” was his response.
I immediately grabbed my bag and headed to the hospital and still missed the birth by a few minutes.
Odessa was snuggled up, close to her mom, enjoying a little skin-to-skin when I walked in the room.
Because of Odessa’s tiny size the doctors wanted to make sure she got adequate colostrum. Erica was able to squeeze some out which they then spoon fed to Odessa.
Congratulations on your beautiful little girl!
One question I am often asked at consultations is what happens if I miss the birth? The answer is simple. I missed Odessa’s actual arrival, I was there to capture her first moments. In this case, I photograph just like any birth and deliver the photos and images as written in my contract.
If for some reason I were to miss a birth entirely (this has never happened) I will come and do Fresh 48 or newborn and family photos instead.