birth photogs

Ayara F. Birth Story

Durham Birth Photographer

The Birth of Ayara

A Powerful Uncensored Homebirth Story

Where to even begin with this story! It’s been almost a year since this little girl made her way into the world and still to this day it has been one of the births that has resonated the most with me. This beautiful mom worked so hard for this baby girl and her autonomy as a birthing woman was such an inspiration to me. She knew at her core the things she needed to safely bring her through the long hard labor and to bring her little girl earthside. She honestly didn’t need any of us because her intuition and strength is 100% what brought this little girl into the world, though I am honored to have been there to capture her story, to tell it now and to have documented the beautiful harmonious support of her husband and birth team.

Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth

I got the text from Carlita and Demarion the night before, that things were finally starting. This little girl had started her journey only a few days past their due date so I was not shocked to hear I could be called in soon. I ate some dinner and got into bed semi early to await the call to come. Around 4am I got the text that the midwife was on her way and would give me an update but I remember feeling super awake at the call and wanted to just get ready and head their way. So within 15 minutes I was in the car heading to her home.

When I arrived things were in the labor zone completely. The sun was still waiting to rise and the tones were quiet and excited. But hen I arrived we found out that Carlita was still in the early stages of labor. Usually when this happens I’ll do one of a few things, try and get some rest there on a couch, head home to return at another time or simply wait it out while giving mom plenty of space to progress at her own pace. I of course want to capture all the beauty of the labor phase but I also don’t want to slow things down by being in the space when things aren’t as “active.” So in the end I decided to go with the assistant midwife to grab a bite to eat down the road at Waffle house and come back in an hour to see how things were. When we returned I just felt that things were moving and didn’t want to miss a thing so I decided to stay.

By late afternoon mom was in full labor, active but this baby was definitely taking her time on the journey. Mom tried resting, being in water, dancing(swaying mostly), she ate and laughed with us and also took moments to be alone and talk to her baby. The beautiful thing was that her partner truly never left her side. He was such a rock all throughout her labor progression, helping her to laugh, relax but also feel supported and cherished in those deeply intense and emotional moments. He really was her “person” and it was beautiful to see. When the world could not reach her because of the intensity of each contraction it always still felt that her and Demarion were connected and in tune by a string or force.

As the sun went down there was an energy of being so ready for this baby to arrive all over the home. Mom was growing in her exhaustion but her heart was set on home birth. Baby was happy, healthy and content in her mom’s womb and was taking her time descending. Those last few hours were so emotional for us all but especially Carlita and Demarion. For all homebirths the option to transfer to a hospital is always there, even when it’s not “medically” needed sometimes the exhaustion can really be overwhleming. Some moms realize after hours that rest is the next part of the journey and choose to head in for a little pain releif and rest before pushing baby out. I had been there almost 22 hours and they had been laboring for over 30. So when the option to transfer was opened up I remember Carlita and Demarion really just needing a moment to be alone. I laid down on the couch next to the assistant midwife, waiting to hear what out next moves would be.

All in maybe 30 minutes/an hour we heard a call from the midwife down the stairs, “Angie, get my bag.” We both shot up. She rushed up the stairs with supplies and followed behind waiting to hear what was going on. The door to the bedroom was closed with obvious people right beyond it. It sounded as if mom was having baby right between the door and bed. There was no time for me to sqeeze in so I waited for the midwife to open it back up, seconds later I heard a baby cry and the midwife opened up the door to show mom sitting right there on the carpet holding her freshly born baby girl right beyond the door frame. It was amazing, a sight I think I’ll never get out of my brain! All Carlita needed was a deep dive into herself to seriously push that baby out. And she did it, when she went up to her room the hour before she pretty much locked herself away and during that time the shift of emotions turned into that final jolt of power every mom needs to take complete ownership of her body.

For the next hours I got to capture all of those raw and beautiful first moments of them as a family. They both spent the moments just adoring her little features and starting their beautiful bonding with breastfeeding. I really can’t believe this day was almost a year ago because when i look back through each image it transports me to the emotions of this day so vividly. That’s at it’s core the beauty of birth photography, having the ability to not only document a momentous change in your life but also to be able to relive the excitement for every day afterward. In those moments of doubt or exhaustion that come with parenthood, these images are a little source that never goes dry to remind you of your power and joy.

A sincere thank you to Carlita and Demarion for being open to sharing their empowered journey! It’s because of families like yours that more women in our culture will be given the tools to have a powerful birth story; not focused on pain but on strength and transcendence. Because when women see births and women like them giving birth and they come away feeling knowledgable and strong enough to take power over it for themselves.

And of course a thank you to Sankofa Birth and Women’s Care for your continued support for home births in our NC communities!

Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
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Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth
Ayara F. Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Durham Birth & Family Photography | Empowered Homebirth

You can also watch their beautiful birth film below! Seriously one of my favorites I’ve ever created!



James M. Birth Story

Raleigh-Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer

The Birth of Baby James and

the first time motherhood journey of Amanda

A peaceful and patient birth center birth at Baby Co. in Cary, NC

The woman’s body knows how,

The body has intuition and power beyond what society tries to limit,

The body is made to carry, nourish and birth life,

There should never be a moment when we doubt the body of a woman.

James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth

It was a peaceful rainy morning when i got the call/text from Amanda that this little one was on the way. We had chatted throughout the night about early contractions and some waters breaking but when I finally got the call that they were heading into the birth center I was so ecstatic. I got myself ready and headed to Baby Co. in Cary. When I arrived Amanda was about 6 cm and handling each contraction like a champ. Evan, her husband, was a constant source of love and support. He waited and held her and gave her words of love and encouragement. Amanda had such a profound focus through each wave and you could only hear in the room the primal and beautiful moans of motherhood and the sweet whispers from Evan, constantly repeating, “you can do this, just keep doing that, i love you”

Soon afterI arrived those moans grew into a powerful vocalization which let all of us know that this baby was coming down and that we were close. The midwives of Baby co were so attentive and amazing. They kept her moving and changing positions to help that little one move as seamlessly and swiftly down. Amanda moved from tub, to bed, back to tub , birthing stool and finally delivered right there on the bed being held by her love to welcome their precious little boy, who they named James Zion.

In the moments when Amanda was not sure she could do much more, her body took up the slack and intuitionally pulled them both through. And in the moments when her body was ready to give into the exhaustion, Amanda’s incredible focus and readiness to meet her baby boy overcame everything else. It was a powerful sentiment to the intuition and focus of the woman’s body. For a first time mom to move through her contraction and labor with so much ease and persistence was so inspiring to see. Her peace and comfort in the space and those around her were so evident too.

And that moment when she saw baby James for the first time was an emotion filled moment I will never forget. So much pure joy and waves of accomplishment flooded Amanda and Evan. Their connection with James was so immediate. You could feel their tender love for one another and this little gift just pouring out in buckets. The moment they introduced him to her mom and dad waiting in the other room was completely unadulterated pride and happiness. To be able to share their little gift with family and feel that sense of “i did this, we did this, look at who we made.” was such a beautiful sight and brought me to tears!

I am constantly blown away and honored to have the permission to capture such life changing moments for families. Especially those first time moms. The walk through those first 9 months of pregnancy is one of so much unknown and powerful emotion that all comes to this mountainous release when they meet their little one. Those moments are palpable and powerful and I love that documenting these types of moments are my life’s passion.

If you want to learn more about having these powerful moments that change your life captured, reach out to me anytime, here :)

James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
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James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth
James M Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer | Baby co. birth center birth

Checkout their Stunning Birth Video below!

The Birth of Eve

Raleigh-Durham Birth Photographer and Videographer

The Birth of Eve &

The Motherhood Journey of Chiara

An Empowered Homebirth at Windy Hill Farm

Birth does not fit into a box.

Birth is powerful in it’s unpredictability.

Birth can be long.

Birth is beautiful.

And Birth has a plan of it’s own sometimes even when we really wish it didn’t.

The Birth of Eve The Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography

In the wee hours of the night I got the call that Chiara was in labor. Things were progressing gradually and her incredible doula/sister had a feeling baby would be there soon. When I arrived at the farm I was overcome by the beautiful setting. The sun still hadn’t risen but you could hear the early morning birds and feel the cold morning chill. When I entered the farm house I was hit with the incredible smell of homemade soap, wall of family photos and only the faint sounds of Chiara progressing beautifully through labor.

The room was in almost complete darkness as Russell and Chiara held one another and Johanna (sister/doula of Loving Hands Doula Care) constantly sat by their side. Along with the 4 of us we had present Chiara’s mom (also a practicing hospital midwife) and Deb Fiore and her team from Carrboro Midwiffery. Basically it was a house full of birth loving strong women, Russell who was literally one of the most supportive husbands around and curious cats! The birth sisterhood energy in the room though was palpable!

Soon after I arrived Chiara decided it was time to get into the pool. She worked gracefully and intensely for several hours as the sunlight spilled into the space. Contractions started to slow down though so she was encouraged to get up and move around a little. Chiara had talked about how much she wanted to labor outside and have photos outside. I was so excited when the weather was warm enough and perfect for her to take multiple strolls all over the property.

When baby was still not descending in the late afternoon it was time for rest, get off her feet and try and let her body relax for the hard pushing to come. She had been trying so many different positions and movements over the last 20 hours that her body needed to just restore. All of her support women and me just sat about quietly and shared stories on the porch swing and waited.

It felt like a very long day and I know Chiara was feeling discouraged and exhausted. She was doing absolutely everything she possibly could with strength and peace but that baby was just in the wrong position (though we didn’t fully know it at the time) There are some births that just weigh heavily on your heart. Chiara’s journey was definitely one of them. Because after more than 40 hours of labor (I was present for about 30) it was decided baby’s position was longer head down. Mom had to make the very hard decision to go to the hospital to get checked, knowing that most likely she would be sent for an emergency Caesarean upon arrival. After all this planning and hope for a beautiful farm homebirth I think everyone felt that loss for Chiara. Thankfully everyone was healthy and little Eve was born in the early hours of the next morning.

I was personally unable to be in the OR for this little one’s birth, it felt emotional for me that we had come this far and I was having to go home. But at the same time I knew Chiara and Russel needed to process this for themselves, surrounded by the support of their amazing doula and family.

I was able to revisit them together on the farm a few weeks later. I wanted to capture a moment for them reminiscent of their birth story. So we did a little recreation of the “baby being placed on your chest” moment. I got to meet baby Eve, see her little curls and celebrate this new life with her and her beautiful strong parents.

I will always keep a special place in my heart for this story, some of my favorite images I’ve ever taken are from this birth but mostly because that day is one I’ll never forget. There was something about the beauty in her power the sisterhood peacefulness and the shared emotion of waiting that keeps me coming back. I just love that in birth, I know I will always learn something from the experience. I’m constantly growing and receiving the knowledge of the women and mothers who have gone before us, who have poured out their wisdom so that we can know the beauty and power in the way they bring life into the world.

The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography

The Birth of Eve Film Story

 

After choosing a Caesarean and being taken to the hospital through ambulance. because of the emergent nature of the situation, I was unable to be in the OR and we decided that I would give Chiara and Russel time to process and heal.

They brought a healthy and happy baby girl named eve in the wee hours of the night.

I got to catch up with them a few weeks later at there cabin (also on the farm property) where the have been making a sweet home together.

The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography
The Birth of Eve and Motherhood Journey of Chiara | Farm house homebirth | Raleigh Durham Birth Photography and Videography

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