Monday, 2 February 2015

Brown paper packages tied up with string.....

These are a few of my favourite things.....

About being a midwife at a home birth.


Not being welcomed at the door... 
tippy toeing in, following the sounds...finding this.


Estimating the progress of labour, 
just by being with and watching.






just waiting...
getting close now...
secretly wishing she births in this spot where the light is amazing!


Alas... 
back to the safety, warmth, comfort of the darkened birth pool.



that cord...





The relief, when all is done, from all involved....
The idea that bed is near....



Sneaking just one with the flash ;-)



Counting 10 and 10.



Saying goodnight, you were amazing x


What a joy and privilege to be present for this families birth of their new daughter. It was on the spur of the moment when their midwife fell ill and asked me to cover her as back up until she could be back with her clients.
Lucky for everyone their midwife came good, the family had two happy midwives present (one wielding the camera). 

Birthing at 3am poses some difficulty for the birth photographer, trying to maintain the calm and darkened birth environment without compromising the quality of the pics too much.
The birth photos here are quite fuzzy and grainy from the lack of light, but they still tell the picture here so beautifully.

Thank you to this family for welcoming me in to their home for their birth and to my friend and colleague Rachele Meridith for being a support and teacher.

Until next time,

Louise x









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