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Luca A. : Birth Story

I think it's pretty easy to look at birth and get sincerely fearful. You've grown up hearing from movies, television and your mom that its a crazy sweaty painful mess to be forgotten and while it's worth it in the end to have a little one, the build up is this terrifying unknown. I also grew up thinking that it was inevitable that since I was a pretty loud and talkative person that it meant I would also fly off the handle with anger and obscenities during birth. Because as I understood it, handling pain is almost impossible so you'll need to cuss and scratch the eyes out of every human around you. I was pretty sure I would not have any control over what happened. And that in and of itself is the worst assumption many people make about their birth; that they will have no control of what happens. 

The birth of Luca was a beautiful example of a mother who chose joy during her labor. She chose to rely on her husband rather than use him to unleash any fear or pain. She needed him and he helped sustain them both through each contraction. There were moments where fear or worry flooded the room but their bond was the force that allowed peace back in. It was incredible to see. Her strength came out in her moments of laughter mixed in with her intensity to bring this little boy into the world. Whether she felt in control of these emotional responses I don't know but I can attest that she flawlessly was an example of grace and strength all through her birth. 

Birth is so much more  beautiful than culture gives it credit. It is indeed a sweaty painful mess sometimes but gosh, it also has a way of making time stand still. When Luca finally arrived the room felt like we were on pause and then we finally pressed play. There was so much joy completely unleashed into the room. And I've never experienced a sweeter moment then when Luca's big sister finally came in to meet him. She was welcoming him into the world singing "happy birthday" in the cutest voice and pointing at baby like her life was finally made.

These incredible unique pieces of each birth story are why I love being a birth photographer. Each mother is different and strong in their own fierce way and every support team plays a role of care and steadiness from the nurses to the husband to the mother of the mother. It makes me cry almost every time. 

If you've ever thought about Birth photography or wondered if it might fit your ideal birth atmosphere I'd love to talk. It's a passion of mine to make birth photography a more normal and a more culturally understandable concept. I love being able to show the world the unique and beautiful ways each little life is brought into the world. Birth can be more than hospital gowns, pain and one cell phone photo, you can capture the incredible powerful images that tell the story of new life. 

Motherhood in Labor | Hospital Birth Photography | Black and white portrait | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Father supporting his wife during Labor | Hospital Birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
The couple works together through the labor and delivery of their little boy | Hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Mother bears down during labor while her husband comforts her | Hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Husband and wife hold hands during labor | Hospital Birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Mother labors down with the support of her husband during delivery | Hospital Birth |Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Mother breaths through her labor pains | Hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Mother gets checked during labor in black and white | Hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Mother births with joy | Hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Mother breaths through her labor and delivery | Hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
teh mother smiles during birth as she chooses joy during her delivery | hospital birth |Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
The mother breaths during her labor and delivery in black and white | hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
mother and daughter during Labor | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
a close up of mother during a contraction at the hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
mother in the hospital bed laboring | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Husband wipes the tears away from mom as she toys to build her courage during the pushing of labor |Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
the couple holds hands in black and white | hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
mother during labor at the hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
mother cries after delivering her son into the world | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
the mother and father kiss after the birth of their son | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
the mother holds her son right after delivering him into the world | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
 baby is checked under the light at the hospital birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
father holds his little boy for the first time | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
baby is held by his father after being delivered | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Mother holds her brand new son against her chest | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
father holds his son for the first time | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
portraits of baby right after being born | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Father holds his son Fresh 48 | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Father helps mom and baby nurse | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
father holds his son in black and white | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Mother nurses her son after birth | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Big sister meets baby brother for the first time in the hospital room Fresh 48 | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Big sister meets baby brother for the first time in the hospital room Fresh 48 | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Big sister meets baby brother for the first time in the hospital room Fresh 48 | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Big sister meets baby brother for the first time in the hospital room Fresh 48 | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography
Big sister meets baby brother for the first time in the hospital room Fresh 48 | Luca A. Birth Story | Durham/Raleigh, NC | Hanna Hill Photography

G & C : Overland Park Birth Story

G& C: Overland Park Birth Story 

Every birth is different and beautiful in its own way. From the personalities, time of day, labor itself and all the different pieces of the puzzle that come together in bringing a life into the world. My favorite part is the relationship of the couple. I feel a bit like an anthropologist discovering the nature of a relationship as it unfolds. I can’t imagine what runs through a husbands mind watching his wife go through the pain, fear, excitement and then just pain all over again. Some husbands beg for others who know more to run in and aid while others literally never sit down because they want to be as uncomfortable as possible in supplication. Their helplessness is in so many ways a beautiful countercultural thing to capture. They can’t do anything but submit to the fact they have played a role in bringing this pain and that soon they will become a father.

For this birth it was the latter, he was begging to be with his wife at all times. Most of the time G wanted to forego the stool he could sit on just to stand at her side and be anything she needed. They were a force together and he knew the value of being her solid support throughout the entire day. 

Watching the mother is of course the greatest piece of the puzzle. The endurance and bodily bravery is beyond anything else in the world. Like an Olympic runner or mountaineer climbing Everest. A mother is perseverant in pain and fear. It’s a beautiful and long endeavor that’s met with a lifetime of purpose. Your motherhood is on the end of this painful tunnel and you are fighting with every breath and contraction for it. 

C was incredible, fierce and ready to be that mother. There were moments of fear but she handled them with a spirit of a fierce mother lion bringing new life into the world.

After several hours of natural contractions C was left at a plateau of 9cm. She wanted so desperately to push through to the end but after 5 hours sitting right at 9 she decided to try the epidural. From their her heart rate sky rocketed and while the room stayed calm there were specks of fear in everyone’s eyes. But C took these moments in stride holding one hand to the oxygen mask and other in G’s. She pushed her little boy into the world.

They had waited to find out the gender so the resounding joy of “it’s a boy, it’s really boy” coming from G was all anyone could here for those first few seconds. He was so overcome he almost said no to cutting the cord. When their little one was finally placed on C’s chest it was straight waterworks all around. Pure joy, adrenaline and emotion flooded the whole room as C and G kept saying, “We love you, we’re so happy to meet you.”

They say you forget the pain and worry the moment you’re holding your baby in your arms. In so many ways I think that’s true but should we forget? For every great and wonderful thing there is a process, usually a process of struggle. But that’s what makes a thing so wonderful, the path of struggle that ends in a brand new life. 

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