It is always such an honor to be invited to document families growing. The greatest compliment I could receive is to be invited back a second (or third) time to capture a family growing again. And it’s extra special when the family inviting me includes an amazing midwife that I have always admired. So as you can imagine this birth story was quite a special one.
A couple years ago I received a last minute request to head to the hospital to photograph one of our local midwives, Maureen, meeting her newborn adopted daughter, Brennan, for the first time. You can read more about their story here. In the years since that beautiful evening, Maureen and I have become friends and have had lots of opportunities to work together with other growing families. Then about a year ago, around the time I began my journey as a surrogate, Maureen shared with me that she was beginning her own IVF journey to expand their family. And coincidentally, we would both be carrying adopted embryos (If you haven’t read about embryo adoption, check it out. It’s so awesome.) If you’d like to read more about Maureen’s story you can find the whole thing on her blog, Infertile Blessings. Going through IVF and pregnancy alongside someone that really understands was a very special experience.
So when it was finally time for “Baby Snowflake” (babies born from frozen embryos are often referred to as snowflakes) to make her appearance, I was admittedly quite giddy to once again witness such a special woman give birth to her daughter. Baby Blake was welcomed into the world surrounded by many people that love her and couldn’t wait to see her sweet face. Maureen worked hard to welcome Blake, supported by her adorably attentive husband and her incredible midwife, and a team of nurses that were totally and completely invested in this journey. Even with Blake presenting OP (posterior/sunny side up) and asynclitic (head tilted to the side) she labored and gave birth with incredible grace and strength. The moment Blake’s tiny little body was placed onto her mama’s belly I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room. All that waiting, all that work, everything they had been through in order to bring this baby into the world culminated in this one moment that was the beginning of a brand new journey for everyone.
Then just a couple hours after Blake’s birth, big sister Brennan came to meet her. She even came with a special birthday cake in hand! The whole experience was so special, and I am thrilled to share some of these images.