Awaiting Elliana :: A Surrogacy Journey in Denver, Colorado

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Awaiting Elliana :: A Surrogacy Journey in Denver, Colorado

. .:: As this child’s birthday approaches, I’m reminded, once again, that I’m totally off my blogging game. I’ve loved putting together this post and thinking back on my sessions with this beautiful family. We weren’t sure whether we’d have time to squeeze in a maternity session before baby girl’s birth, but I was so delighted when it worked out! I about froze them to death for certain, but enjoyed the cool quiet air, most sound dampened by the snow, interrupted only by our laughter. They were great sports!

This surrogacy journey was brimming with little miracles throughout, small things that blessed my heart, particularly as I’ve been struggling with infertility myself. I’m so excited to share this journey with you, and this is just the beginning. Don’t miss their birth film in the Gallery! ::. .

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Expecting Vivien :: Denver Maternity Photos

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Expecting Vivien :: Denver Maternity Photos

. .:: It was a drizzly, overcast day, and we were so close to rescheduling, but decided to stick it out. I’m so very glad we did! This woman is vibrant and beautiful inside and out, and over the course of this journey, I’m so honored we have become friends. ::. .

Expecting Vivien :: Denver Maternity Photos

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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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