If I'm completely honest i never really considered how I'd balance family life, running a photography business and now following my passion of being a birth photographer. We all know that babies make their entrance into the world when they are ready, and this could be anytime, day or night. Being a birth photographer means i need to be on call for around a month either side of my clients due date and be ready to get to the hospital extremely quickly.
Kayla had contacted me after seeing my blog post on the previous twin birth i had photographed and asked if i would be interested in photographing her second birth, of course i jumped at the chance! We met for a coffee in a town centre coffee shop a month prior to her due date to discuss what she wanted from the shoot and any specific images she would like me to capture. We chatted for ages, our two youngest sons were present and shared a love of shouting, cars and plastic animals much to the annoyance of surrounding diners! Birth photography is extremely personal and intimate and I always like to build a sound relationship with my clients before the big day comes. The last thing I would want you to be worrying about is your birth photographer and feeling uncomfortble!
Early morning on the 14th February, kayla rang me telling me she was in labour. She was giving birth over in Wakefield and I live in North Leeds so i asked her to give me plenty of time to get there. I picked up my already prepared bag and rushed to the hospital. When i arrived I was shown to her room where she was in a huge bath with her husband Jacob supporting her.
I had never witnessed a water birth before and i suddenly felt extremely excited. This soon turned to panic; the room was so dark and i wasn't allowed to use a flash! This was pushing me out of my comfort zone, but i always like a challenge! By this time kayla was in established labour and I was able to capture some amazing raw images of her labour progressing.
The pool had colour changing LED's and Jacob was in charge of her choice of labour songs to keep her calm and relaxed. When the time came for her to start pushing, Kayla started to struggle. Her first labour had been relatively easy but second time round it was proving a lot more difficult. The mood in the room changed, more midwives and support staff rushed into the room. I was pushed aside (understandably) so they could all monitor kayla and her unborn baby. I could sense a slight sense of worry from the medical professionals. Should I keep photographing? Jacob did an amazing job at supporting kayla throughout the whole birth and remaining calm. Minutes later baby Brock made an entrance into the world.
Kayla and Jacob were later told that the cord was wrapped around his neck twice and he was stuck on an edge of cervix that refused to move. Wow! what an experience and an absolute honour to photograph such a lovely family and document their second sons entrance into the world. I soon gathered my camera equipment up and left the exhausted mum and dad to have some private alone time with their precious new bundle.
Photographing a baby coming into the world is one of the most incredible and intense experiences I have ever experienced. Being able to capture the birth of a new life and present this to a couple fills me with immense pride. Congratulations Kayla, Jacob and Mace on your beautiful new baby!
Love Rachel xx