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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

Breastfeeding Celebration Sessions

Breast Feeding Celebration Sessions : Mini Session Dates Listed Below

Whether you are just starting your journey or celebrating the end of this beautiful season there is no better time than now to commemorate your breastfeeding adventure. This week is World Breastfeeding Week. A time where women all over the world celebrate and acknowledge this incredible gift of motherhood that bonds us to not just our community or even our history but the whole world.

As powerful as the breastfeeding bond is, it's also hunger prevention and nutrition for so many babies all over the world. This week is not just about celebrating our rights as women to feed our baby's openly but it's also about the fact that breastfeeding is a lifesaving and poverty reducing part of the incredible motherhood journey. I am constantly blown away by the creation of the female body. It can not only grow life it can then produce enough nutrition and food to keep that child alive outside of the womb. 

Breastfeeding as a photographed subject is nothing new. It has been celebrated, recorded and documented throughout centuries from paintings, to sculpture to photographs. Seeing the history and story of all of the mother's who have gone before us and have experienced the sacrifice and bond of breastfeeding is nothing but inspirational.

In Honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month and World Breastfeeding Week I want to open up Breast feeding Mini Sessions. 

Breastfeeding Outdoor Mini Sessions 

$160

These will be quick and easy sessions for moms who just want a handful of images that celebrate their nursing journey at it's beginning, middle or end. They will be on specific days and times so be sure to reach out as soon as you can to reserve your day and time. 

These sessions will each be 20 minutes and include 5 fully edited images with print release. 

Perfect for ANY MOM who wants to celebrate this beautiful season.

 

Monday, August 20th 2018

(These sunset sessions will be held at Falls Lake, Wake Forest [special location])

4.    6:00PM - 6:20PM | CLOSED

5.    6:30PM – 6:50PM | CLOSED

6.    7:00PM - 7:20PM | CLOSED

 (Sunset is 7:50PM.)

Friday, August 31st 2018

(These will be held at Forest Hills Park, Durham [special location])

 1. 9:00AM  – 9:20AM | CLOSED

 2. 9:30AM – 9:50AM  | CLOSED

 

Request Here with Date and Time

 

For mom's wanting to celebrate their Motherhood journey at home I'm also offering special pricing for the month of August ONLY!

Checkout the 2 motherhood session options Below!

Real Motherhood Home Sessions

$250

These are perfect for mom's who want to capture this season of motherhood in a raw and beautiful way. Whether it's celebrating the postpartum ups and downs, newborn season or something particularly special to you and your story.

These sessions will each be 1 hour and include 10 fully edited images with print release

Perfect for mom's celebrating,

Their Post Partum body

The end of their nursing journey

Tandem Nursing 

Or anything truly specific to you that you want to celebrate

 

 

Breastfeeding Bath Sessions

$275

These are perfect for mom's wanting to celebrate their breastfeeding journey in the comfort of their own home, specifically their bath tub.

These sessions will each be 1 hour and include 10 fully edited images with print release.

Perfect for mom's looking for a, 

Milk Bath Session

Herbal Bath Session

(all supplies included and brought to your home)

 

 

If you have questions I would love to answer them so don't hesitate to send an email to hannahillphotography@gmail.com

 

 

 

Titus L: Birth Story Revisited

Titus L. : Birth Story Revisited | 1 Year later

One year ago today this little one was brought into the world. Photographing births has always been a deep passion of mine; one that truly felt reignited by this little guy's birth. I remember walking out the hospital the morning he was born and literally jumping because I had finally been reunited with my passion. Watching Ellen fiercely work through her contractions, make hard choices, fight through the exhaustion while still maintaining this pure sense of peace and joy that she would soon meet her son was just the amount of empowerment I needed to see. Whatever fear she felt she continuously fought against it. I remember the room being filled with their birth playlist which was this incredible mixture of soft hymns and the most joyful gospel music you can think of. I remember how after sleeping in the hospital room all night we woke up to this gorgeous morning light. I remember looking up to see Jaremy just holding Ellen's hand, laughing and praying with her knowing that their little boy would be there soon. That morning light made each photo and moment that much more hopeful and captivating. It streamed through the room just as Titus was brought earth side and I remember thinking "my god, this job is everything." 

You may be wondering, why is Hanna rewriting and sharing a blog post from one year ago when she is 15-30 blog posts behind. Well thats a great question. I realized that in one year my passion for birth photography has grown like a wildfire in my spirit. My style and desire to capture that authentic, raw emotion that is present in every sacred birthing space has only solidified. That spirit and style was just re-beginning when I wrote this story last year. I was just remembering a passion I held a little captive in my heart. Without even reason I found myself going back through this birth and finding new details and moments I had lost when I posted it before. I found myself reworking the color, light and composition and wanted to be able to share it again in celebration of both growth as a business and my passion for this work. This new blog for me is a reflection, reinvigoration of an already beautiful story just with a new perspective one year later. I obviously won't be able to reblog every birth each year as my style grows and changes but there really was something so special about this birth that made me feel pretty much just called to re share and retell it in a new way. 

If you want to take a look at last years orignal post you can do so through this link.

http://www.hannahillphotography.com/blog-1/2017/3/8/titus-l-birth-story

You'll see that I've added a lot more moments never before shared. It's crazy how much can change in 1 year. Cheers to little Titus today on his first birthday! 

mother labors in hospital birth story Duke Medical center | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
mother breathes through hard contractions labor waves hospital birth Duke Medical center | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
Mom uses the restroom to help keep things moving during labor hospital birth story | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
Dad gives back rubs to laboring wife during long hard birth waves contractions hospital birth Duke Regional Medical Center | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
watching the heart tones of baby throughout the birth story hospital birth duke regional medical center | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
om rests through labor hospital birth duke regional medical center north Caroline birth photographer | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
dad watches in awe of his beautiful wife strongly going through contractions and labor in the early morning | North Carolina birth photographer | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
dad husband watches over his wife as show moves through contractions labor waves birthing hospital birth duke regional medical center | North Carolina birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
mom begins to move through contractions in the morning hospital birth duke regional medical center | North Carolina birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
mother lies in bed summoning peace and serenity throughout her labor and contractions hospital birth Duke regional medical center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
mom holds on to the bed as she breathes through an intense contraction, close up on hand with tattoo of her husbands initial hospital birth Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
husband prays over his wife while she fears pain during her labor and birth he gives her peace and comfort hospital birth North Carolina birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
strong momma takes a breath in between contractions taking in the morning knowing baby will be there soon hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
Mom smiles at her husband knowing baby will be here soon and taking a breath in between contractions | North Carolina birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
husband and wife hold hands talking while in between contractions labor pains birth waves | Hospital birth Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
mother feels the contraction intensely but stays strong and perseverant through her labor waves | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
peaceful momma breathing through contractions hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
morning light fills the birthing space a mom gets ready to bring baby earth side | Hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
The empowered strength of this gorgeous mother as she moves through the last contractions of her birth completely in the zone in tune with her laboring body | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
dad comforts his wife as she reaches transition of her birth and labor contractions | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
Mother begins pushing during labor bringing baby closer to her with each contraction | Hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
mom changes position during pushing to feel comfortable and bring baby out safely and quickly | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer | North Carolina Birth Photography 
baby is finally placed on mom's chest moments after baby is brought into the world, with a little cone head and pink skin | hospital birth story Duke regional medical center | North Carolina birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
mom lets out an emotional expression seeing baby for the first time while dad watches on with love and joy, that beautiful first moment as a family of three | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
those first moments of quieting her little one as he transitions from womb to earthside life their in his mother's arms as dad looks on with so much joy and adoration | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Story | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
mom holds baby close to her chest as the umbilical cord releases it's remaining nutrients and blood to their little one | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
baby's fingers grasp their mother's finger for the first time while both parents smile down with joy and emotion | Hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
Baby looks up in wonder at the world he was brought into with his little wrinkly fingers in his mothers arms | Hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
baby snuggles up in moms arms right after being born earth side little wet baby headed curls| hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
mother smiling with joy holding her brand new baby against her chest hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
baby toes feet reaching out from under the hospital blanket right after being born | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
mom holds baby on her chest breathing in the knowledge of motherhood | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
baby fist and fingernails as he is weighed and examined for the first time | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
little baby getting first exams there in the hospital with little birth baby curls hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
baby getting his head measured hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
mom holds baby against her chest keeping him warm right after birth | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
baby keeps warm against mothers chest right after being born | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
baby meets grandmother for the first time right after he is born and brought into mom's arms | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth Story | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
mom holds baby close looking out the window reflecting on this motherhood journey | Hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth story | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
dad holds son skin to skin to make a beautiful connection with him right after birth | Hospital birth Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth Story | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
baby looks up at his dad with so much wonder and love as he experiences skin to skin with him after birth | Hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth story | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
baby and dad skin to skin right after birth | Hospital birth story Duke Regional medical center | North Carolina birth story | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
baby looks up at the world while skin to skin with his dad | hospital birth story natural Duke regional medical center | North Carolina birth story | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
baby and dad skin to skin looking into each others eyes | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth Photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
baby is given back to mom to try and breast feed for the first time | Hospital birth story | North Carolina birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
mom and baby work on their first latch there in the hospital bed right after being born | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer | North Carolina birth photography 
baby breast feeds for the first time getting nutrients and milk from his mother first latch | Hospital natural birth photography Duke Regional Medical Center | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer | North Carolina birth photography 
milk drunk baby looking at the world, his mom | hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina Birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 
mom and baby work through breast feeding there in the hospital room while Dady texts in excitement the news of their baby | Hospital birth story Duke Regional Medical Center | North Carolina birth photography | Titus L Birth Story | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer 

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