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Cole Michael (New Orleans Birth Photography)

Allie contacted me toward the end of her pregnancy, looking into birth photography. We weren’t sure for a while if schedules were going to work out – as I was in and out of town with weddings and a vacation in February. I made it back home, and Allie was still waiting on baby Cole. She made sure her doctor was on board with birth photography a few days later at her next visit, and it looked like we still had time for things, as there were no real signs that labor was near. That night we got the contract signed, and the very next morning I got a call that Allie and Sean were on the way to the hospital!

When we spoke she wasn’t even sure she was in labor, but wanted to give me a heads up – which I most definitely appreciate! I got another call back almost two hours later that she was at 5cm, and they were keeping her! Since this was a first baby, and she sounded great, we made a plan for me to join them in about two hours, when my husband could get home and care for our little girl. I let them know that if anything suddenly changes, to let me know, and I’d head over.

One hour later, Allie was suddenly at 9cm! I was praying that I would make it in time!

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I arrived to this beautiful smile. Allie was sitting up in bed, looking awesome! She definitely didn’t look like someone at the end of labor!

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What was a really fast labor, turned into a slow labor. Allie kept dealing with some really rough back pain – a sign that baby Cole wasn’t in the best position for delivery.

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They sat down with their Doctor and talked through the options, and decided to get an epidural.

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After some rest and working on getting baby into a good position, it was almost time to meet him!

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The moment of relief!

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Some proud grandparents were ready to meet this little man!

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When we were headed into the nursery, Sean ran into a former co-worker who was also with his brand new baby!

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Allie and Sean, thank you for letting a total stranger into this intimate moment in your lives! It was an honor to be there!

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