The Beauty of Laboring at Home | Part 2 of 2 | Jacksonville Birth Photographer

This is part 2 of a two part blog post, welcoming a sweet baby boy into the world! We pick up as the family drives from home, where she labored for almost 12 hours, and arrives at St. Vincent's to have her baby. This mama rocked a 30 hour labor and leaned heavily on her birth team. It was an honor to be included in their big day!

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A 107 Minute Birth | UF Birth Center | Jacksonville Birth Photographer

Taylor told me that she hadn't had any contractions yet, when she suddenly had one while we were on the phone. I asked her to stay with me on the phone so that I could hear her through it, and her deep groan quickly told me that this was happening, and fast. I made a cup of coffee, grabbed my bags, and headed out into the night.

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A Just Born Story | St. Vincent's Riverside | Jacksonville Birth Photographer

When I first met this special family, I was a mess. Emotionally and literally. Our home had flooded 6 feet during hurricane Irma, and we were in the midst of dragging everything out of the muck and into the backyard to inventory for insurance. As I was bagging all of our clothes and bedding into garbage bags, the thought crossed my mind...if only there was some way to get all of this fabric into the wash today...we might be able to save it.

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Eclipsed by Motherhood | Personal Post | Jacksonville Birth Photographer

In the last two years, being pregnant and raising my first baby, motherhood has eclipsed my life. It’s been a cosmic event. Each new experience has been like watching the moon move a little further across the sun, slowly changing its shape. Her birth was my “totality.” My everything. The moment I’d waited for, for as long as I could imagine, and every bit as breathtaking as I’d dreamed. 

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A Hypnobirthing Story | Flagler Hospital | St. Augustine Birth Photography

In the birth world, third babies are known to be "wild cards." They can take their sweet time, or they can quickly  rush their way into the world. This darling little boy is so lucky to have one patient mama, because she weathered two long days of contractions at home before he was born!

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