Alison has been a client of mine for some time. I've lovingly documented magical memories of her two beautiful daughters; Olivia and Bernice in the past. So, Of course when she wrote me last winter to quietly, yet excitedly inform me of her bun in the oven, as well as schedule her announcement photos (and maternity, birth & newborn) I was ecstatic.
Nothing excites me more than capturing incredible once in a lifetime memories, watching little ones brought into loving homes, families grow and love overflow- even more so when it's a client and friend that already holds a special place in my heart. Excitement grew as the day approached.
What I adored about Alison's birth plan was not only her and her husbands decision to not learn the gender of their little one before the birth, but also that she planned a completely natural water birth in her cozy home with family and friends present and under the care of her midwife and doula.
"Babs" decided to keep us waiting and on the night before his due date (September 3) Alison called around midnight to inform me that he may be arriving soon; I showered and went straight to bed to rest up for the amazing day that was likely ahead.
Around 6am on September 3, which is also my birthday, her husband Tim called to let me know it was time- so I headed right over. As I was walking to their door, he called again to tell me that she was starting to get ready to push and I ran up the stairs just as she was laboring over the bed.
She progressed so quickly that she was moved into her tub instead of the birthing tub, and she started to push while on her knees.
Her birth was amazingly calm and beautiful. It's hard to put into words how strong and fierce Alison was, how powerful her birth was. Her wonderful doula, midwife, husband and best friend were present and incredibly supportive while she worked through the pain of childbirth and brought her beautiful baby into the world.
The moment her little one was born; she caught him and locked eyes with her husband and cried "it's a boy!" And cried they both realized they were welcoming a precious little boy into the world.
Theodore David Cason
7 pounds, 13 ounces
21 inches long
Born in the water, at home on September 3, 2017 at 7:58 AM
He was laid upon her chest, bright pink and lungs full of rejoicing cries, and the room was silent, tears in all our eyes and a smile on all our faces as we watched him cradled in the arms of his mom and dad and love overfilled the room
I continued to document all the amazing moments that followed as Teddy, mom and dad spent their first moments together:
Grands were called
Placenta was delivered and examined (the tree of life)
Skin to skin bonding time
First latch and feeding
He was weighed, measured and had his first check up
And everyone gushed.
I will never be able to put into words how incredibly honored I am to capture a child first moments of life, to be trusted with these priceless moments. I cannot wait to see the beautiful young man he grows into. But first... the newborn session! (Coming soon!)