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I’ve been fortunate to never have two clients in labor at the same time. The possibility of this, as well as having two small children of my own at home, has made me keep my birth bookings to a very reasonable two or three a month. My schedule has always worked out perfectly! On the months were I was pushing it, and booked a couple of extra births, babies ended up being born early or late – spilling into the no-so-full months. But they say, all good things must come to an end. On this Saturday I was supporting a couple in early labor as their doula, when I got the first texts from Brooke just before noon. With a history of fast labors, this being baby #4, and being outside of my “safe” travel range, we both knew that I’d need to head to her ASAP in order to make it for the birth. As soon as she confirmed that this was indeed labor, I got my first couple my backup doula’s information incase they needed it, and hit the road. I was headed to Thibodaux before Brooke had even left her home.

I was getting close to the hospital when I got this text, “8-9 cm water bag bulging.” Just in time! When I arrived this mama was doing great, and still hadn’t gotten her epidural. Her husband, Sam, filled out all the paperwork, as the nurses were busy preparing for a baby at any minute. Things slowed down a little bit after her epidural, which gave time for the rest of the family to arrive!

These cuties were eagerly waiting for their new baby sister!

When Brooke saw her pictures, this is what she said.

“Ohhhhhh my goodness, Angelle!!!! These pictures are amazing!!! They are all I hoped for and more! We will cherish these for the rest of our lives! I so wish you could’ve been at our first three births! Thank you so much! You were such a pleasure to work with. All of our family talked about how sweet and wonderful you were! I honestly could not be any more pleased! Everyday on the way to school the kids and I would pray “that the photographer would make it to Emersyn’s birth…” It was so important to me and it couldn’t have turned out any better. You were worth every single penny. I really can’t thank you enough! If there is ever a #5, you are a must! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!”

I’m so blessed to be able to witness the beauty of birth on a regular basis! Seeing these families welcome new little ones is so rewarding. Thank you, Brooke and Sam for trusting me with these moments!

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Andrew and I had such a sweet time together for his newborn session! I had just finished up a photo shoot including his brother and cousins, and now it was our time to document his little one-week-old features. After a quick feed, he just contently enjoyed the sunshine coming through the window, being a perfect little subject. In no time we were finished, so his big brother, Martin, and mommy, Emily, came to join us upstairs. Here are some of my favorites!

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I don’t think I’ve had a client more joyful than Emily.  I mean, look at her! Even in labor, she’s beaming with care for others. Emily was talking with her doctor about how she and her husband wish they had some of those first moments from their first son’s birth recorded, and her doctor sent her my way!

Emily’s labor took a little bit to get rolling, but when it did, she quickly progressed to completion. I met up with them late one evening, and Emily, her sister, Molly, and husband Brian were working together, making a great birth team! The room was dim, and full of quiet excitement and anticipation.

It wasn’t quite 4am yet, when it was time to meet this baby!
Emily wanted those first moments after her baby was born to be recorded on video. I was able to get just the footage she wanted, and we were able to pull a few stills from the video! It’s a BOY!

Aunt Molly went home to get Andrew’s big brother Martin, as he was just waking up. The timing was perfect for him to come to the hospital and meet the new baby!

And of course, Andrew is such a great little brother, he brought Martin a gift!

Emily and Brian, thank you so much for having me document your birth! It has been a pleasure working with you!

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  • Maria allen - wonderful couple such a great experience glad I was able to be there an meet the new addition to the family Maria Allen ,rnReplyCancel

I got to meet this little guy a few weeks ago for his newborn session – and he was such a peaceful guy. He was passed out pretty much the entire time I was taking his pictures, which always makes things easy! The teal blanket was his mamas pregnancy blanket – used to cuddle up many times when she was dealing with morning sickness, and the hat was made by Declan’s great grandmother. This family’s uptown home was full of pretty window light, but Declan’s nursery was my favorite! I’m obviously partial to the simplicity of gray and white, and it made for a beautiful room!

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