When Tiffany was pregnant with Elliot she joked the entire time that he was never going to come. She joked about it so much, that I started to believe her. So when she texted me on her due date and told me, “it COULD be something” I was SUPER excited. A DUE DATE BABY! Except that she texted me around 9 at night. Babies rarely come that fast….right?
Well, Elliot was determined to be born on his due date.
After that first text I received a series of texts becoming more and more clear that labor was starting. When Tiffany told me she was headed toward the hospital, I grabbed my camera bag and headed that way. I usually wait until a mom is ADMITTED into the hospital or at the very least checked before I leave my house, but I had a feeling that I needed to leave my house before Tiffany ever even reached the hospital.
When I reached the hospital Tiffany’s husband texted me the room number and as I reached the room I heard A LOT of commotion. A nurse outside the door asked if I was there to photograph Tiffany and when I said yes, he practically pushed me into the room saying, “YOU’RE GONNA MISS IT!” He wasn’t kidding, within 10 minutes of me arriving to her room and Tiffany was pushing another 10 minutes and elliot was in Tiffany’s arms.
It was quick. It was intense. It was amazing. It was beautiful. It was loud. It was perfect. And in the end, there was a perfect 10 lb. baby boy.
This birth took place in July 2015, and since then I have shown it to many clients and potential clients. I get a lot of response from this birth, mostly because the intensity shown in the photos. Yes, Tiffany was in pain. She was as surprised as anyone at the quickness and intensity of the birth, but she was OH SO AMAZING at handling it. Her husband was such a rock during the whole labor and it was beautiful to watch. So many of my births show a silent, internal, pushing through it kind of pain, when pain is portrayed. These photos show a much louder picture, because it was. It made this birth all that more amazing. Each birth is different, each baby, each mom, but they are all so amazingly beautiful.
Okay, I will stop using the word beautiful for 5 minutes, so you can take all the perfect emotions in.
One of my favorite things about this birth was that as soon as Elliot was born Tiffany “forgot” about that fear and pain. Her baby boy had arrived and they were so enamored by him. Tiffany and Brett kissed, laughed, joked and just took in their little boy.
She had just
ran a marathon given birth naturally to a 10 lb. baby in under 4 hours and was in such a playful and joyful mood!
I am just SO GLAD that I was able to make it in time.
This birth took place in July 2015 at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, VA.