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Celebrating a new life | Palatine Homebirth Session

I had the unique opportunity to attend another home birth. When someone willingly allows me to be in the room during a birth, whether at home or in the hospital, it never ceases to amaze me. It is truly such an honor.
It is such an intimate, amazing, important moment in a family’s life and they allow ME to be there. The first time I did a birth session, when I went to edit the pictures, it took me FOREVER. I couldn’t get through them. I kept crying. Not because I’m the best photographer ever but because the moment is so beautiful!

I am officially addicted.

Chris and Lisa allowed me attend their second child’s birth to take pictures, so it was an honor to be at their third child’s birth. (I hope they have MANY more!) πŸ™‚

I got the call on Monday morning that it was time.
I usually recommend calling me in when mom is about 7-8 cms dilated.

I raced to their house and arrived about 45 minutes after the call. I really wanted a police escort. I needed to get to this birth! I ran up to the door, knocked a couple times, then decided to run in and what do I hear?

THE FIRST CRIES!!!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

I literally missed the birth by a minute.

Little baby girl FLEW out. She was ready!

But alas, there was still plenty of pictures to take.

This was Lisa’s first water birth. I thought that was so cool!DSC_4373PINIMAGE

DSC_4380PINIMAGEDad gets to hold his new little girl!DSC_4494PINIMAGELisa, I still can’t get over how amazing (and refreshed!) you look! This next picture was taken pretty much right after she got out of the water. I looked scary after my kids were born. For days. Maybe years.DSC_4569PINIMAGEDSC_4699PINIMAGEDSC_4738PINIMAGEGrandma’s turn to hold the peanut.DSC_4815PINIMAGEDSC_4657PINIMAGEDSC_4788PINIMAGEIs it weird that one of my favorite parts is when the baby is weighed? Maybe it’s because the scale is so cute?!DSC_4603PINIMAGE I got to grab her for a few minutes. I put her to work posing. She was a natural.DSC_4840PINIMAGEDSC_4843PINIMAGEDSC_4808PINIMAGEDSC_4928PINIMAGEDSC_4994PINIMAGEDSC_4981PINIMAGEDSC_4966PINIMAGEMy turn to hold her!!!!!!! So precious.DSC_4838PINIMAGEThank you thank you thank you Chris and Lisa!!

What a blessing a new life is. I know that she is blessed to have you as her parents!

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  • Kirsten P - These photos are amazing! My absolute favorite is the last color photo(the third from the end). The baby’s face so pretty, so peaceful and her hands so expressive. The daddy gazing at his new daughter. The mother smiling at her husband, the daddy. The delicate lacy yellow of the blanket and the purple of the mother’s gown. The baby holding onto her mom’s finger. It’s exquisite, Erica.

  • Adrienne - Ahhh!!! I LOVE the ones of Chris holding her- it shows how tiny she really is! And I LOVE LOVE the ones of the three of them in bed, especially the one with Lisa looking at Chris! Fabulous!! I wish you could’ve been at mine! You definitely wouldn’t have made it! πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to see more of future births!

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