Manitoba Birth Photographer – The homebirth of Sophie Marie
In her living room, in front of the fire, and surrounded by her husband, Doula and Midwives she birthed her baby girl.
I arrived at Rhonda & Jon’s place in the wee hours of January 5th, 2017. They live in a beautiful country home on the Manitoba prairies just east of Winnipeg. Rhonda was 41+6 weeks pregnant and the day had arrived. Today was the day they would welcome their 4th baby.
I arrived to Rhonda busy baking a groaning cake in between rushes and I immediately was in admiration at her strength and ability to concentrate on her task. When a rush would come on she would stop what she was doing and work through it with Jon and Christel (her Doula) and then pick right back up where she left off. The cake was soon prepared and into the warm oven. The entire home was filled with the delicious aroma.
The 2 Manitoba Midwives along with a very wonderful student Midwife were busy getting their supplies set up and checking in on Mom and baby as needed. It was truly the perfect birth team. Everything was set for their homebirth.
It was a very cold day in Manitoba yet their home was so full of warmth from the fire Jon kept going and from the cake baking in the oven. Rhonda took some time to smudge herself and her birth space, light candles and hang up affirmations from her Mother’s Blessings.
Christel worked seamlessly as Rhonda’s Doula and knew just what each moment called for her to do.
Jon was such a wonderful support to Rhonda knowing instinctually just what she needed and when she needed it. No words needed to be spoken. Their connections is on a much deeper level than eyes can see or ears can hear. They were truly on this homebirth journey together as a solid team. Jon also pleasantly set the mood with a very wide range of music. At one point we were listening to relaxing spa music and the next we were listening to Wiggle by Snoop Dogg. Anything goes! The only rule set was “No Bieber”.
Over the next few hours Rhonda laboured in her kitchen, her livingroom, her bedroom and her bathroom. All rooms that hold comfort to her. Rooms that hold so many memories and stories. Rhonda laboured from within. Entirely in tune with her body and her inner wisdom. She welcomed her labour and was ready for her 1st homebirth.
Ultimately she made her way back to her cozy livingroom. There was gorgeous winter sunlight streaming through the livingroom windows and the fire in the wood stove provided glorious heat to all. She laid her head in Jon’s lap and held onto his hands on one side and Christel’s hands on the other. She was safe. She was supported. She was circled and surrounded with love. This was it. The pause. Altered time. The final few moments of pregnancy. They were about to meet their baby.
And at 11:12 am in front of the fire and surrounded by her husband, Doula and Midwives she birthed her baby girl, Sophie Marie.
Jon & Rhonda ~ Thank you for hiring me to be your Birth Photographer and welcoming me into one of the most important days of your lives.
What a gift you have given Sophie. She will forever look back upon these images that tell the story of the day she was born.
A little bit about me and what I love to do:
Catherine is a Professional Birth Story Photographer in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has been documenting births in Winnipeg and the surrounding area since 2015. She is member of the IAPBP (International Association of Professional Birth Photographers) and Canadian Birth Photographers. Her work has been featured on BuzzFeed, BabyCentre Birth Becomes Her and The Birth Hour.
If you would like to chat some more about Birth Story Photography and hiring me to capture the story of your baby’s birth please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Id love to hear from you.
With love and gratitude,