The Birth of Henry :: Mountain Midwifery Center

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The Birth of Henry :: Mountain Midwifery Center

This is the story of the birth of Henry, born at Mountain Midwifery Center in Colorado. Henry's mother was supported throughout her labor by her husband, her sister, and the incredible staff at MMC.

So many times, he seemed to mirror her during labor. It was a beautiful dance, where she would shift and he would adjust to accommodate and support her. They were doing it together, completely, entirely. It’s amazing what can happen when we listen to our inner, primal voices and immerse ourselves in the moment.

Here's this incredible woman's take on that day:

“Henry was born on our first wedding anniversary - the greatest gift we could have given each other!

My husband, sister, and I felt completely at ease and supported at Mountain Midwifery. What felt like a timeless fog to me was really eight hours of active labor (and pushing for three - ha!). I clung to words of encouragement from our nurse and midwife and was fearless in their care.

They say you forget all about birth. And, while I agree that the memories of the more intense parts have faded, I will never forget the emotion and excitement of that day. I wonder what we’ll be doing next year!”

The Birth of Henry :: Mountain Midwifery Center

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The Births of Olivia and Eliana : Denver Twin Birth Photographer

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The Births of Olivia and Eliana : Denver Twin Birth Photographer

This is the amazing twin birth of two little girls, Olivia and Eliana, at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado. This cesarean birth was attended by one of our favorite doulas of all time, Katie Piccolo with Branches of Love Birth Services. We've worked alongside her multiple times, and absolutely recommend her so highly regardless of where or how you plan to birth your baby! I must also give a huge shout out to the nurse anesthetist, OB, nurses, and NICU at PVH for honoring our clients' wishes to have a birth photographer document their big day. When multiples are born, each baby has their own nursery care team, so as you can imagine, the room can easily become quite crowded. They were so wonderful to allow me into the OR with my camera, no questions asked, as they always have. For the sake of my clients, I am forever grateful!

Mom and dad wanted to let the photos tell their story, so without further ado, proceed scrolling, birth nerds!

**Note: All images are approved by our clients before being made public.**

The Births of Olivia and Eliana : Denver Twin Birth Photographer

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Expecting Ira :: Denver Maternity Photographers

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Expecting Ira :: Denver Maternity Photographers

Less than two years ago, I was photographing a birth at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, Colorado, when I received the call from Kayla (the gorgeous woman in these photos) that she was in active labor at a different hospital. It's one of those rare scenarios where I wish I could clone myself and be with two families at once. Luckily, Kim was available to back me up and be with her until I could get there (this was long before we established a formal partnership!) After the Sky Ridge baby was born, I zipped on over to relieve Kim, and got to be there for Ezra's birth as well! (Ezra is the handsome boy you see in these photos!)

This month, I thought I very well could find myself in the EXACT same scenario. These same two clients were both pregnant again with due dates that could conflict. My rational mind knew it was highly unlikely, but when it comes to birth, I'm a little superstitious. The whole point of my partnership with Kim is to have less stress surrounding potential conflicts, both for my sanity and the sanity of our clients. At the same time, I couldn't ignore how I so desperately wanted to be with both families, as they're both so special to me! I was so thrilled to tell Kayla that the other baby, the most beautiful little girl, had been born early, and there would be no chance of conflict this time around!

So now we patiently wait for little Ira, for those first signs of labor, very much aware that second babies sometimes come very quickly. I love this moment of pause, (though most of my clients detest it and just want baby OUT). These are the last nights she'll cuddle her single child and kiss him goodnight, the last moments as a mother of one. A strange period where time is suspended and every day could be the day. I think it's just so unique and beautiful.

- Michelle -

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The Birth of Fiona :: Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center

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The Birth of Fiona :: Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center

This is the birth of sweet Fiona at Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. We're so thrilled that Fiona's momma has chosen to share her birth story with all of us!! Read on, birth geeks!

Baby Fiona was one week overdue so our OB scheduled an induction for Thursday, September 28 at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital. When we arrived at 8pm that evening, the nurse said I was actually already having minor contractions, which I had assumed were just Braxton Hicks. She gave me the medication to induce labor, and Nick and I tried to get some rest (though I was way too excited to sleep!). I felt my first real contractions around 2am, but my progression was slow so they gave me Pitocin on Friday morning. Finally around noon, I stood up from my yoga ball … sneezed … and the sneeze literally made my water break! But despite walking laps around the labor and delivery ward with Nick all afternoon, I was still progressing very slowly.
By Friday evening, I had been in labor for nearly 24 hours, so we ordered an epidural to get me some relief. Unfortunately the procedure had to be redone about two hours later because the catheter moved out of place and stopped working. Luckily the second time worked like a charm, and we were able to sleep for a few hours before the nurse came in to check me first thing Sunday morning. I was finally 8cm dilated and fully effaced! We were all very excited and thought I should be able to start pushing soon, but a few hours later I came down with a fever due to infection because it had been too long since my water broke. What’s more, my cervix had actually started regressing due to inflammation, and I was now back down to 7cm dilated. My OB was not on call anymore, but her colleague arrived at the hospital and explained that a cesarean birth would be safest for both Fiona and I at this point.
During the surgery, Nick held my hand and we waited patiently to hear Fiona’s first cry. As she lifted Fiona up, the doctor joked that “there is no way this baby was coming out on her own” because Fiona ended up being a healthy 8lbs 12oz and 21 inches long! Nick brought her over to me and I tried to hold her on my chest but ended up having to throw up, so Nick held her while we snuggled her between our faces. When they wheeled me into the post-op room, I saw the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen: Nick holding Fiona skin-to-skin against his chest as she gazed up into his eyes. Finally I was able to hold her and in between adorable little cries and coos, Fiona latched on to breastfeed for the first time.
The next few hours in the post-op room and our recovery room are kind of a blur, but I remember that first night in the hospital with Fiona very clearly. At about midnight, Nick was sleeping on the couch beside my bed and the dim light of the street lamps was coming in my window. I held Fiona in my arms and told her “I’m your mom. I will always be here for you. I will always love you.” I’ll never forget how she looked up at me as if to say “I know, mom. I love you too.”

***Note: All images are approved by our clients before being made public***

The Birth of Fiona :: Denver Birth Story

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The Birth of Skylar :: Denver Home Birth Photographer

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The Birth of Skylar :: Denver Home Birth Photographer

. .:: Not so long ago, I was blessed to witness the birth of little Harper. Now I've returned again to document her little sister's entrance into the world. I love this family so much, this woman inspires me endlessly, and it was incredible to watch Harper take it all in and meet her sis for the first time! Skylar's birth was attended by Gina Gerboth, MPH, RM, CPM, IBCLC and apprentice Donna Blythe. ::. .

The Birth of Skylar :: Denver Home Birth Photographer

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