I have seen six babies born and the miracle of birth never ceases to amaze me. This one was different in that my daughter ( Erin) was on bed rest for four weeks prior to delivery. I was with her every day during the week for those for those four weeks. It was a sweet relief for me as well as for Erin.
We really didn’t know how important bed rest was until she was allowed to get up and move about. That was on a Wednesday. The baby was born on Friday. Labor went pretty uneventful right up to the last minute. The Dr. was going to check her and the head of the baby was just about out–panic ensued for a moment and then a push and Trinity Ziara (Zee-are-a) was born.
You can tell mom is happy and relieved to have little Trinity here and healthy. Big brother was four and a half weeks early and had to stay in ICU for ten days until he learned to eat and breath at the same time. Boy, did he learn well–34 pounds at 18 months.
Daddy is thrilled. Photographing a birth is tricky because of all the nurses in the room and all of them crowded in front of you drying off the baby or doing something to get in the way. I think the best thing to do is to get what you can of the moment and then after all the nurses leave and go on the next baby–you can more calmly get some images–yes they will be more posed–but that is necessary to get what you want. Before bath and in the heat of the incubator. She has a calm moment and looks like she is checking things out–I doubt she can see much at this point but knows a blurry blog is pointing a black box at her and is wondering what that is all about.Little brother looks at his new sister–just for the briefest moment. Otherwise it is playing as usual. At home he checks out where she usually is during the day to see if she is still there. I think he knows –somehow –that she is here to stay.
Each birth is different and just as awe inspiring as the the last one. The best place to photograph a birth, so as not to violate the privacy of the birth itself is at the head of the mom. Most times the nurses will let you move the monitor over just enough to get you wedged between it and the bed. You are out of the way and the mother is secure knowing that you will not take shots which would prove embarrassing to her. Again, wait until the flurry dies down and then take calmer shots. During labor the holding of hands, the kiss of reassurance from the husband, the grimace of feeling labor, the ambiance in the room–often times the lights are lowered to give a calmness to the event. When the activity of birth begins–just shoot away and get what you can–the cutting of the cord, the first look, dad congratulating mom with a kiss, kissing the baby–just whatever you can get without a nurses arm or head in your way.
It is one of the most precious times in life to see a baby born. It never ceases to amaze me how that happens.
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