Childbirth Education Class & Postpartum Doula Services with Ashley Schaffer

I am excited to share that one of our fantastic local midwives, Ashley Schaffer, is once again offering childbirth education classes! Ashley was one of the skilled team of midwives that ran the UF Birth Center, and our local birth community is excited that she is sharing her talents with us again after its closure this summer. She is taking a sabbatical from midwifery work and is teaching childbirth education classes as well as offering her services as a postpartum doula. (Scroll to the bottom for more info on that!)

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A Family-Centered Water Birth | UF Birth Center | Jacksonville Birth Photographer

Some couples, like Merranda and Karon, choose to shake off all stereotypes about birth and embrace it for what it can be: a natural, beautiful, and transformative process, one that can be centered on family and love. It was so special to see how they involved their daughter Amora and Karon’s mom in this fast, middle-of-the-night birth of their son!

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Welcoming Our Baby Boy | Newborn Session | Jacksonville Newborn Photographer

Having a new baby is such a life-changing experience. This tiny person is so fragile, so dependent on his parents, so incredibly helpless. That is why I take my responsibilities as a photographer so seriously every time I am invited to not only photograph these little ones, but to help swaddle and pose them! This growing family welcomed me into their home and had such wonderful things to say about our session together! Thank you so much for your kind words!

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Speedy Induction at 37 Weeks | In-Home Maternity Session | Jacksonville Birth Photographer

Meet Sydney! She was put on bed rest and was going to be meeting her baby boy at 37 weeks, starting with a scheduled induction. But we made it work! Instead of a session at the beach or a local park, I came to their home and did a simple, low-key maternity session in their home, just a few days before baby Warren made his arrival!

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Life with Four Littles | Newborn Session | Jacksonville Newborn Photographer

Oh my goodness…this in-home newborn session was SO MUCH FUN! Baby Jack was born at home, peacefully surrounded by his family, and I came to photograph his newborn session a little while later. He was absolutely fawned over by his big brother and two big sisters. They couldn’t keep their sweet little hands off of him! His mama, Ashley, beamed over her children and looked beautiful. She shared her thoughts with me about life as a new mom of four!

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Health Pointe Jacksonville | Acupuncture for Fertility | Birth Worker Spotlight

I’m excited to announce a new project of mine! We have so many excellent birth workers here in Jacksonville, from midwives and doulas to chiropractors and acupuncturists, and I think it is important to shine some light on the many services that they can provide to pregnant and newly postpartum women. I am starting this little project with Julee Miller, an acupuncturist and the owner of Health Pointe Jacksonville. She welcomed me to her beautiful clinic to photograph one of her acupuncture sessions!

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Just Born | St. Vincent's Southside | Jacksonville Newborn Photographer

The day after this previous girl was born, I came to capture all her cuteness, and the love that her parents and grandma have for her. She threw her mama for a loop with a really unique birth story, but filled the room and her family’s hearts with so much love when she finally arrived. Congratulations to this new little family!

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Expecting Our Baby Girl | Maternity Photo Session | Jacksonville Birth Photographer

Beautiful day, beautiful light, beautiful couple. What could be better? This Jacksonville couple, Nicole and Tommy, are excitedly waiting to meet their first baby, a little girl. We walked along the beach, dipped our toes in the ocean, and talked about all the wonderful things that lie ahead.

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Newborn Session | An Interview with a New Mom | Jacksonville Birth Photographer

It has been so special to document this Jacksonville couple from bump, to hospital, to their new baby at home. Becoming a parent for the first time is such a huge change, but they are adjusting beautifully and falling more and more in love with their precious Adaline every day. I asked Joy, Adaline’s mom, to share her thoughts about being a new mom. Thank you for sharing your heart with us!

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A Gentle Cesarean Birth | UF Health North | Jacksonville Birth Photographer

After two previous C-sections, this family was preparing for a different birth experience this time around. They made careful birth plans, doing research and taking classes to make this birth as peaceful as possible. So when pre-eclampsia made for a shift in their plans, they were ready.

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