Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 - 6 comments

And then there was five…

On my birthday, I got to photograph my first birth story, and it was amazing. And also the most terrifying thing I've ever photographed!

Sarah had a home birth, and in between contractions, she would play with her two kids and joke around about being able to have some wine and sushi for dinner. As labor progressed, her children would come in and talk to her, make her pretend soup, caress her arms gently. Sarah wasn't pestered or bothered by their presence, but actually seemed comforted by it! Never once were they frightened, and even though the method is not the usual way of labor, it seemed totally natural. I, however, was not as calm as the kids. There was a whole hour where I was in over my head and regretted being there. Sarah's one of my dearest friends, and we share a lot of bonds, but this was taboo. Seeing someone in a state of pure agony seemed at the very least like a violation of personal space. My heart was wrenched.

And then it stopped, and Sarah cried, "My baby! by baby!" as she pulled her out of the water surrounded by her whole family. Watching the relief and elation on everyones faces, seeing the kids meet their new sibling, being present at such a miraculous moment was a privilege. And because Sarah let me in on her most intimate , vulnerable moments, I can share their amazing story with you. I hope it blesses you and brings you as much joy as it does me!

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Published by: Bethany in Family

  • Amanda

    Bethany your photos are amazing as always. Sarah, you and your family are so beautiful. I really enjoyed these pictures and seeing all the love on your faces. Thanks for sharing such a special time with us :)

  • Vicki_R

    Totally crying by the last picture!! I love seeing that beautifully ecstatic smile on Sarah’s face; seeing Tay’s smile at her first glimpse of her sister, seeing the tear in Sarah’s eyes…I could go on. Wonderfully captured, Bethany.

  • Develle

    Thank you for sharing… Now I want another one xoxoxo

  • Abigail

    WOW!!

  • Carsen

    I think you perfectly captured the essence of birth… the warmth and darkness, the pain and the joy, the solitude and connectedness. Great job!

  • Laureen Carruthers

    I have been a birth photographer for over 8 years…and I think this is the most perfectly photographed birth I’ve ever seen. Absolutely beautiful!