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The Motherhood Project: Part Four

A Year in the Life of Motherhood Project:

Part 4

The Birth Story of Hayes

Well if you are just jumping in then I suggest you first go check out Part One, Part Two and Part Three because watching this Motherhood journey from the beginning is SO beautiful and so worth it. In 2018 I got the opportunity to follow along on the journey of one incredible mother of 5! I watched as she grew a tiny human, loved her 4 older boys and husband unconditionally and stayed powerful and stunning in her womanhood. L’s story has been one of the things so many people have reached out to me about and so many people last year followed along to see. I’m so sorry for my lateness in sharing the next installment of their story and debatably the most epic. Today I’m excited to finally share the birth story of their fifth baby! In all its raw beauty and power!

Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography

After 4 births with all different arrival dates Lindsay was pretty shocked when this little one decided to keep us all waiting almost a week past his due date. That’s pretty typical for moms but when you’ve had a few early and few a on time I know we were all shocked when this little one was pushing us to 41 weeks.

I got the text/call late one Thursday night that L. was barely feeling contractions. Now this still meant a lot for me because with a fifth baby literally any sign could mean we are close to this little one slipping out :P I got myself ready, dressed and out the door by the time they texted 15 minutes later to say they were heading to the Women’s Birth and Wellness Birth Center.

When I arrived i was actually there right before they made it and we all walked in together. With them was L., Her husband, 4 boys, both grandmas, a great grandma and one grandpa. It was a party to say the least :P Most family sat in the waiting room getting the boys situated with places to sleep or just wait while L. went straight into the birth space.

L. is a Hypnobabies coach and total goddess when it comes to meditating through her birth. She was already in a state of hypnosis when she arrived with her headphones in. With every wave she breathed in and out like she knew exactly when and where this baby was coming down the birthing canal. She was so connected with baby and so in tune with her needs throughout. She knew when she needed a cold cloth, a hand hold and for everyone to just give her space. She described this part in her own words this way,

“Even though my eyes were closed during most of transformation I just felt so loved and supported by my birthing team.

My doula was reminding me to use my cues and telling me how amazing I was.

My nurse was helping to keep the ice water as stocked as possible.

My midwife was sitting on the floor just watching the birth unfold and telling me that I was doing a great job.

My husband never left my side and was holding the cold rags on my forehead.

During this time I was focused very inward so I could remain in my hypnosis and stay very comfortable…

I would think to myself how amazing this must be for everyone to watch.

I was totally rocking my birth and I knew it! I had never experienced having a birth photographer before and I was so excited for these moments to be captured so I could get to see what everybody else was getting to watch. With my eyes mostly closed and me focused on my hypnosis it wasn’t something I could get a sense of in my prior births.”

I may be remembering this wrong but I swear we were not in the birth suite longer than 20 minutes, I was still deciding whether i was going to turn some more lights on or pop out my flash, before L., sitting on the birthing stool, reached down and lifted her fifth baby boy up into her arms. I was standing right in front of her trying to grab each detail and moment in almost the complete dark. I looked down and saw babies head and knew it was time and seconds later L. had already gasped out her “i just birthed my fifth baby” breath. In all the commotion grandma or doula ran to yell for the whole family to come in (they had all planned to be there to witness the moment of birth) but since baby came out so fast they were all rushing in when baby was being lifted up. Here is how L. described this epic moment,

I brought the baby up to my chest and just stared in amazement at this new little life. My oldest son was first into the room and he saw me bringing the baby up to my chest.

The rest of our children and family came in right behind him. I remember saying, “My precious baby! You are finally here!”

My husband gave me a hug and a kiss, and we took a few moments to take it all in before looking down to discover we had another son!

What a blessing! What a miracle! We were just overjoyed!

L. and her husband wanted to be the first to announce the gender and if you watch the video, I’ll post at the end of this series, you can watch their live reaction. Oh so much love, shock and joy filled the room when they said, “it’s a boy” All the brothers gathered around like they had gotten their wish, filled with so much laughter and begging to hold him. It was a pretty amazing to witness.

L. just sat taking it all in, absorbing all the energy surrounding her, the oxytocin clouding the space and smiling at her strength to bring another little one into the world. They named him Hayes something they had taunted us all with saying, “girl or boy the name starts with H” So we had all come up with a million ideas but perfect little Hayes was it. As he snuggled close each boy got a chance to hold him and shower him with love. The room filling with excitement was truly infectious to us all.

I was so honored to first of all make it to this birth but to get to tell this incredible story of what it looks like to birth her fifth little boy amongst her family tribe and to feel so much power in your body that you literally reach down and bring your own little boy up into your arms. L. is a badass goddess and her birth story was one of my favorites to tell!

Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
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Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
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Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Hayes O. Birth Story | Motherhood Project | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography

And Definitely check out their Birth Film below!

Alec N. Birth Story

Durham- Chapel Hill Birth Photographer

The Birth of Alec

and the Motherhood Journey of Lauren

An exciting family focused birth center birth

at Women’s Birth and Wellness Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer

Births come in all different shapes and sizes. I’m often overwhelmed over being a birth photographer after a long all nighter waiting for a little one to arrive. Those stories are powerful and beautiful in so many ways even in the waiting but there is nothing that gets me back on my feet and ready for the next birth journey than witnessing a birth that is whirlwind fast and exciting.

I got the “maybe its labor, maybe I can sleep on it” type text right around midnight. I quickly jumped in bed (i know all the mixed sleep patterns leave me a bit of a late nighter now a days :P) I was hoping to grab any bit of sleep I could because I knew from Lauren’s first birth that when things pick up, they could go fast. Her first birth had everyone surprised and her photographer made it just after her sweet first boy was born. So I didn’t want that to happen at all so I was definitely on edge trying to grab some sleep.

Not 2 hours later and I got the second text that they were all headed to the birth center, but weren’t sure if things were really that progressed. Me and their wonderful doula, Sarah Stanley, both felt the same way and waited only a bit before just jumping in our cars and heading her way. better to be safe than sorry with a mom with a fast labor history.

I arrived about 15 minutes later to see momma already in the tub breathing through her labor like a total goddess and her sweet sleepy boy curiously watching on as mom happily explained that baby was coming. Typically moms aren’t encouraged to get into the birthing tub until active labor is for sure so seeing her there was a good sign that I had made the right decision to just go and meet them there. Lauren was handling things so peacefully that you would have guessed we had hours to go. We all settled in and Sarah arrived to give their little boy some sweet sibling doula love. They were in and out with his curiosity until he pretty much fell asleep in the birth-center’s family waiting area, where i have spent many a night (way more comfy than a hospital waiting room, so thank you WBWC)

As we all sat in the room it was quiet with the occasional laugh filling the room as Lauren worked effortlessly in the tub. At one point she decided to get out, I can’t recall whether it was to try something different or use the restroom but she just stood up. Things got extra intense all in that moment. She moved to the bed to lean over some pillows and work through labor in a different position. I was there with her but still thinking this is simply just a change of pace. We all thought this was just a moment of contractions intensifying so much that her sweet partner went out to check on their little boy and see if he could switch with Sarah to come and help do some hip squeezes to help Lauren through these intense labor waves. Within moments baby Alec was born, right into the arms of their incredibly ready midwife, Emily. I was in the perfect place but pretty much in shock because it was not until the splash of her waters breaking that I even looked down to watch as little Alec came fast furiously into the world. Lauren was even in a little shock asking for a couple breaths and pause before lifting her sweet little boy up to her chest for the first time.

Daddy rushed in moments later to the perfect smile of pride on Lauren’s face that said everything with just a look of, “meet out little boy.” It was everything just to get to watch their joy fill the room as they loved on this precious new life. He was a little bruised from his fast entrance into the world but already so calm and sweet and ready for cuddling. After an hour or so of mom and dad bonding they woke Alec’s big brother to come and meet him. Not so sure about this new little bundle of joy, Bryce watched with sweetness as he saw his whole world change. We all watched as the wheels turned in his head with curiosity. I’m so glad I got to check in with them a few weeks later to capture their sweet family session! I promise to have that up soon :) but for now I just want to bask in this incredibly and fast and beautiful birth.

The adrenaline of fast births is really unlike anything else, it’s so hard to come down to the real world :P With every story I tell and life i get to witness enter the world, I’m blown away and honored by this job. Thank you to this beautiful family for openly sharing their journey for others to see and experience. All births are unique and beautiful and the more we see and know the better prepared the next generation of capable strong women will be to meet birth with their innate power!

If you are expecting in the next 3-9 months please reach out! I would love to talk with you, answer questions and truthfully be apart of telling your unique journey of birth.

Click here to reach out today!

Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
IMG_5992.jpgAlec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer
Alec N Birth Story Birth Center Birth | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth Photographer

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!

Jude W. Newborn

Jude W. Newborn 

Hanna Hill Photography | Durham, NC Newborn Photography

These photos have swiftly become some of my favorites. The coziness of this beautiful first time mom snuggled up with her sweet hubby and little boy, melts be every time. I met Lia and Andrew through a mutual friend and super early if I recall in their pregnancy. Lia really wanted to meet and hear details first so she could best choose the perfect session to celebrate her little one. And I loved that, I love being able to grab a cup of coffee and talk babies, birth and photography! 

It ended up being perfect that she chose an at home newborn session. Because soon after little Jude was born they all ended up moving from this sweet first home they shared as a family of three. Getting to celebrate not just those perfect little details but also the place and setting of where the memories were made always brings another level of depth and story to photos.

There was something so timeless about the style of this session, the joy on their faces and the color bring me back to the 1970s/60s and I completely love it. The whole session screams young love, first time parents, first home, and just the beginning of their long and beautiful story. One of my favorites moments (which was really this whole session:P) was when I asked if they wanted to bring little Jude outside, to get a little fresh air and celebrate the sweet season he was born in. They of course were down and those little sweet moments of them as a family of three on the steps of their home bring me so much joy. Those are the moments they will look back on when Jude goes off to college or moves out of their home for the first time. They will revel in the memories of bringing their little baby home and the sleepless nights they shared. They will cry thinking about how tiny he was and how big he has grown to be. They will be so proud to have been his parents! ... it gives me chills :)

 

If you have a little one on the way and want to celebrate with a sweet Newborn session this I would love to hear from you! 

Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Ok can we talk back up cameras? I am in a constant struggle on what next to invest in, I'd really love a 24-70mm for my Fall season of births and for my vacation to Kenya in December but my back up camera is very poor(like i'm ashamed to even say it :P) Would you invest in a nicer back up camera first? or go with the lens? My Canon 6D is only 2 years old.  Getting the back up seems like the responsible thing to do but the lens seems like the thing I want to do.  I also have big dreams of getting the Mark IV and making my 6D the back up but that wont be for another year or so to save up.  Also if I wanted to get the lens and back up what would be a good camera that runs lower price then the Canon 6D like a nicer crop sensor? would that even be worth it? ugh the debate within me is so real right now
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Jude W. Newborn | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer

Milly L. Fresh 48

A Rainy Day First Meeting at Home

| Milly L. Fresh 48 Story

A huge part of a birth story is the moments after. The moments of coming home and meeting the loved ones that will forever surround you. This story seriously melts my heart every time I look through these photos. The moments this little brand new baby girl met her big brother. It was everything you want in a first meeting. 

Amber and Chad were awesome, they got home from the hospital a day or so after bringing this little one into the world. They took the time to wash up relax and introduce little Milly to her new surroundings. And they planned to have little Elias come meet his little sister the following day and have me there to photograph the genuine and real reactions and love that was poured out. Now toddlers are often the hardest kids to react the way you may want. I always encourage parents to have pretty low expectations when it comes to first meetings and fresh 48s because thats just a whole lot of change for little mind. But since Amber and Chad are incredible documentary photographers, they knew exactly what they were getting. They wanted to full joy, crazy antics, tantrums and true life that now being a family of 4 would bring. 

The moment Elias got home he ran straight to his mom, snuggled in on her and asked for a snack. There was no notice of little Milly sitting in the center of the room, he was right in his mode and it was so sweet to see. After getting his chicken nuggets (a must) Chad prompted him a bit to go explore the living room. Those reactions were seriously priceless. He was curious, joyful and a little shocked. When Amber went to feed little Milly, Elias was so focused on her not eating mommy and insisted she eat some of his nuggets. It was seriously the cutest thing, him shoving chicken nuggets towards them, even laying them in her little basinet as a tempting lure away from his mom. 

I think it was important to let Elias do his thing. Find some joy and get back to his energetic self. So we all followed him into his room where we watched him find wonder and normalcy amongst his balloons. The beauty of this moment was watching Chad and Amber in their pure patience. There was no "right" way for Elias to react except the way he did.  

As our session continued there was a serious storm rolling in, clouding up all the windows. in order to get enough light I suggested we take some photos outside while the rain still wasn't coming down. It was peaceful to see the clouds roll in and daddy cuddling his brand new baby. It was also adorable when their sweet neighbor came by to drop of treats and meet their new little girl. We were out there maybe 10 minutes before the wind picked up and swept us back inside but those moments of joy and family sitting on their porch were truly some of my favorites. 

I love this session because it really takes you through the story. The first meeting to the processing little brain of a new big brother. In so many ways Home fresh 48s may be the way to go. Especially when you have older siblings, those moments of first meeting can be all over the place but what better place to do them, than in the comfort of their own surroundings. Letting those new big brothers and sisters work through the change and joy they feel all while surrounded by the normal home they know. 

If you want to see the first part of this story (little MIlly's birth) go check out the story HERE it also includes a short film with clips from this Fresh 48 session! 

Milly L Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Hey Starlena,   I hope this message finds you well! I wanted to get back in touch and see if you had any questions about the pricing guide or info I sent over.  I'd love to be apart of telling your beautiful birth story, these moments of parenthood are truly precious and unlike anything else.  Feel free to be in touch whenever you get a chance and congrats again on your pregnancy!  Sincerely, Hanna
Milly L. Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photography
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer
Milly L Home Fresh 48 | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Birth and Family Photographer