I can't think of a better way to start my new blog than with an entry about photographing my first birth story in Seattle. Soon after moving here, I met Gina and Joe through Ballard Swedish Midwifery's Centering program as we were both expecting babies in May. I instantly loved them; their wit, style and creativity. I am so grateful to them for allowing me to be present for the birth of their baby boy and be present as they became three.
Gina originally planned on delivering at Swedish Ballard, but late in her pregnancy she and Joe had to switch prenatal care to an OB/GYN and plan for a cesarean delivery at Swedish First Hill. Due to hospital policy, we knew I would not be allowed in the operating room so Gina suggested that we meet at their place before they needed to check in, which allowed us the opportunity for some preparation photos as they completed the final tasks before meeting their baby boy. The three of us then headed to the hospital to get Gina checked in and prepped for her delivery.
I was so impressed by how calm the two of them remained throughout the process as they patiently awaited their turn in the O.R. On the way to the hospital we spoke about Gina's need for a c-section and I very much appreciated her positive perspective. Maxwell is one lucky boy to be welcomed by these two! Thank you again for the opportunity to shoot Maxwell's birth story. Welcome to the world little guy!