Santiago : Birth Story

Santiago : A Family Centered Home Birth

Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer

Santiago's birth was one of fierce strength and the epitome of what a family centered birth can really be like. Home birth is such a sacred and incredible way to bring your child into the world. There is just a sense of peace and comfort by being in your own space surrounded by the people you love and the atmosphere you've made home. It's hard to put into words really. Behind every birth there is a lot of fear, anticipation and worry about all the things that may or may not go wrong. It's why most women choose a hospital to bring their little one into the world. In so many ways that makes sense and I love those hospital birth just as much. But home births are in and of them selves accepting that birth is empowering and that you were actually built to handle a birth. That sense of strength and vitality always puts a completely different vibe into the air. A vibe of "you can do it" "you are strong" and "this is a true celebration." 

The morning Santiago came into the world I woke to a text at around 5:00am. I was actually on call as backup for his arrival not the main photographer. In the world of birth photography having a back up is absolutely essential. As much as all of us want to be 24/7 available to out clients, life also happens and births are so unpredictable. I love that in the birthing community there really is a sense of friendship and community because just having someone else that you trust who's art is also beautiful and qualified brings you a sense of peace rather than competition. 

So back to the story I woke up to a text from the main photographer Anna, of Anna Pollit.com, saying mom was in labor and that baby was coming today. Santiago's momma was on her 3rd baby so I knew that meant probably a swift labor but honestly had no idea how quick this little guy would arrive. I woke up showered and waited from a text from the mom to hear how far along things were coming. By the time I was done and dressed she had texted and was seriously ready for me to head that way. When I arrived I was met with the smell of home cooked soup, two sleepy brothers who had just woken up to all the commotion and a momma fiercely laboring. 

She was a true warrior, one minute she was laughing and joking with her two year old son and the second she was peacefully yet intensely working through her contractions. The two big brothers were seriously making us all laugh, they were so incredibly excited to witness and meet their new little brother. The oldest just kept saying, "I'm so excited to meet him." and would run in every once and while to check if his little brother was on his way or not. The family focused vibe was so incredible and beautiful. This momma wanted those she loved to surround her and Santiago with as much relaxed and positive energy as possible. 

I was seriously only there about 2 hours before this little boy was ready to come and see his family. This momma maybe pushed 3 times and he was out and crying, ready to meet his new family. The emotions in the room were uncontrollable, so many tears and laughs filled those first moments. Their oldest son just was over the moon that he now had another little brother to love on and their second son was so curious about how his life had just changed before his eyes.

I got to stay and watch this family of 4 become 5 and it was an incredible sight to see.I got to capture all of those incredible firsts that happen right after he comes into the world from his first feeding to getting his measurements done. It really was such an honor to be apart of this birth and seeing the incredible joy and celebration that comes along with telling birth stories. 

 Mom peacefully works through contractions during her water birth | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 mother explains to her oldest son about the birth of his new little brother | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh Birth and family photographer
 mom lets out a sigh of joy and relief as she labors during her water birth at home | Hanna hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer
 little brother looks on with snack in hand while mother labors during a water birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer
 mom works through a particularly hard contraction during her at home water birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer 
 mom grips on the edge of the pool during a contraction in her water birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer
Santiago birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography |  Raleigh birth and family photographer
 mother waits in the pool during her water birth at home | Hanna Hill photography  Raleigh birth and family photographer
 mother lets out a breath during a contraction while her husband holds her hand during a home water birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 husband comforts his wife through labor during a water birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 so much joy and so many sighs of relief after baby is out and happy during a water birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 that sweet moment when husband and wife see their baby for the first time during an at home water birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
 baby's first cries after a swift at home water birth \ Hanna hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 brother meeting his new little brother moments after baby is born during an at home water birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer
 introducing the big brother to his new little brother after birth | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photography
 a moment of calm after birth in a water birth at home | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and Family Photography
 motherhood looks so good on this mom getting to know her little one for the first time during a home water birth | hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and Family photographer
 mother and child having their first moments together during an at home water birth | hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photography
 a close up on baby and his little hands right after being born into the world | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photography
 so much wonder and love for baby right after he has been born | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 the whole family meeting baby right after he was born during an at home water birth | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh Birth and Family photographer
 so much pure joy in this mother hood moment right after giving birth at this at home water birth | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 that beautiful moment of motherhood right after you've Brough your baby into the world during an home water birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and Family photographer
 sweet newborn making the sign for love right after being born during an at home water birth | Hanna Hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 mother and baby resting after a water birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 mom hold baby right after birth waiting to cut the cord | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 a sweet moment with baby and mom right after birth waiting to cut the cord | Hanna hill Photography | Raleigh Birth and Family Photographer
 mother and baby right after birth relaxing together at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 baby holds mom's finger moments after birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 baby lets out a sweet smile and laugh moments after birth at home | Hanna hill photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 first exam right after baby is brought into the world at home | Hanna hill Photography | Raleigh birth and family photographer
 Sweet little baby getting his first exam right after birth at home | Hanna Hill Photography |  Raleigh Birth and family photographer