David’s Birth Story
Lisa reached out to me early in her third pregnancy to inquire about Birth Photography. I remember receiving the sweetest message from her. Her words were bursting full of so much excitement and she knew for this birth she really wanted all the moments and memories captured, something she never had with her first two births.
Lisa and Jon currently live about an hour north of Winnipeg and so we met in the small town of Selkirk, Manitoba at the cutest tea shop for our prenatal meeting. We went over all the details getting to know each other better while we sipped on warm yummy tea. It was one of those meetings where both of us could have talked all day long about pregnancy, labour, birth, babies and parenting but I am not sure that Jon was feeling quite the same way! He had been working long hours and so of course he was very tired and I am pretty sure he dozed off in the warm and cozy tea shop a few times as Lisa and I chatted away! We covered all we needed to and said our good-byes knowing next time we would see each other would be the day baby decided it was time!
In the wee hours of March 17, 2019 I got the text that Lisa was indeed feeling those familiar sensations and would be making her way soon to Selkirk Hospital. I quickly got myself dressed and ready to also hit the highway. Selkirk is about a 40 minute drive for me from Winnipeg and for them it was about the same distance so I knew we would arrive at almost the same time. Lisa’s sister Tina was also on her way from Winnipeg. The drive north was very dark and foggy and so all concentration was needed and I couldn’t help thinking about how Lisa and Jon were doing navigating the fog while also labouring in a moving vehicle.
All 4 of us arrived at almost the exact time and made our way to up to labour and delivery together as a team. Lisa’s contractions were very strong, long and close together and I knew that it wouldn’t be long.
This was the first birth I attended at Selkirk Hospital and none of the staff had been at a birth with a Birth Photographer before. I introduced myself to everyone and explained my role and was met with the most welcoming and kind energy into their space. Thank you Selkirk Hospital for being so amazingly supportive to my clients but also to the gal with the big camera!
Once we were admitted to a room the contractions picked up even more. Lisa’s birth team was beyond amazing. Tina was the Doula in disguise applying counter pressure, sharing encouraging words, offering sips of water and making sure Lisa’s needs were met without Lisa ever having to ask. It was so beautiful to witness this powerful sisterly bond. Jon was such an incredible partner and stayed by Lisa’s side every step of the way. He held a calm yet protective energy which allowed Lisa that space to truly surrender. They were doing this hard work together.
Lisa laboured with incredible power and strength. She stayed on top of the contractions and present in the moments trusting the process. I will never ever forget how in-between a transition contraction she looked up consciously and said to the entire room with a big smile on her face “I am so excited to meet my baby” I still get chills and teary eyes every time I think about it.
And at 7:56am on March 17, 2019 Lisa met her baby! He arrived with birthday paint, birthday frosting and a head full of golden blonde hair.
Thank you Lisa & Jon for welcoming me into your lives and hearts and for trusting me to capture one of the most important days of your lives xoxox Cat
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