Documenting Fort Polk, Louisiana and the surrounding areas Birth Stories.
Sometimes births don’t go the way we plan them to. That’s what happened on August 28th when Ashley went in for her induction with her 4th baby. Everything seemed to be going well that morning, I got up there and started shooting until Ashley wanted to get a quick nap in. I decided to go get some lunch and then wait downstairs in the hospital and do some work on my computer. A few hours later her husband texted me and said it was go time NOW. I skipped the elevator and ran up the three flights of stairs to the labor and delivery ward. When I got in to her room there I found a lot of nurses, doctors and Ashley’s midwife surrounding her. At first I thought it looked like we were ready and pushing so I started shooting right away, until I realized that things were actually not going so great and that’s why everyone was in there. I decided at this point to throw my camera over my shoulder and run to Ashley’s side, this is where my doula training usually kicks in during a birth. I grabbed her hand and supported her through the next steps that were about to happen. Baby girl wasn’t handling contractions so well anymore and talk of heading to the OR was now happening. With everyone around her and trying to figure out what to do her midwife had her try just a couple more things to try and get babe out right then and there, but in the end we were headed to the OR. I decided to pick my camera back up and grab these moments for her just before her section. I gave her a few encouraging words and then off we went. Maggie was born beautiful and healthy and Ashley did so great through it all! I know this wasn’t the birth plan she had hoped for but this is her story and she did so amazing through it all. Having a birth photographer is so great for everyone but I really feel like having birth photos and video can also help us process and heal through a traumatic/unplanned birth experience. I am glad to have been there that day for Ashley through her entire birth experience and am so happy for their family on the arrival of their beautiful baby girl.
Take a look below to see the birth photo and film of Maggie.