birth stories

Lilliana's Birth Story: 9.5.2019

Oh what an amazing birth this was! Much like Maverick’s birth back in March, Lilliana’s mama is also a Labor & Delivery nurse so she had her crew of buddies also acting as her providers that day! It was so much fun documenting her arrival for them because it was almost like a giant party of your friends all there to welcome your new babe into the world.

This birth was my ninth in a month (holy cats!!) and ZERO have overlapped and it was just an amazingly awesome month of documenting new babes coming into this world! Marissa rocked her birth with Lilliana and I am so happy I was there to document it! I hope you love these pics…I sure did taking them!

Isabella's Birth Story: 8.26.2019

Being a soon-to-be 5x c-section mama myself, I absolutely love getting to capture belly births. And when they are scheduled ones — that are relaxed and planned and all of that preparedness — they are just truly magical!

Little miss Isabella’s here was no exception! Her mama and daddy, after a long road of infertility and IVF and Isabella being the lone embryo that stuck, finally arrived at the hospital early in the morning on August 26th to meet her. I met them there and was honored to document and capture her story! She came into this world knowing only love and I think that’s truly all she’ll ever know! I hope you enjoy these pics…I sure did capturing this sweet little one’s arrival!

Johanna's Birth Story: 8.16.2019

Oh goodness what an amazing birth this was to capture!!! Casey totally ROCKED this birth — and it was such a redemptive, healing birth from how her first went. She made it look easy, and roared this team green turned pink little lady into the world so quickly! I am forever grateful to Casey and Kevin for letting me capture this sweet little lady’s arrival!!

Barrett's Birth Story: 6.14.2019

HOLY CATS.

This is another birth story that went from 0 to 100mph in like MINUTES!

Katy had to be induced because her little guy was measuring small (due mostly to a 2 vessel cord (instead of a normal 3 one)) and it was better to get him out than keep him in. She and her amazing hubby Tyler had been keeping me posted all day long and it was a long, slow induction. It seemed to take her HOURS to go another centimeter.

Tyler text me an update around 6 and said she was just a 5, progressing really slowly and to take my time. I replied that I was going to put my kiddos to bed in the next hour and head their way and hang out with them…but obviously if things picked up I could be there ASAP. I had already rescheduled my 6 and 6:30pm photoshoots cause I didn’t want to have to race out of theirs to go up to the hospital…and it’s a good thing I did!

A little after 7 Tyler text me still a 5, maybe a 6 but again, SO SLOW and to put my kids to bed and take my time. Like 5 minutes later I get another text from him, “Complete. Pushing.” and I was like WHATTT???!?! So panicked, called him and he’s like “yeah she felt pressure all of a sudden and we can see the top of his head so you probably wanna come.” I was like OMG I AM ON MY WAY!

It usually takes me 20+ minutes to get to St. Luke’s from my house…it took me 11. I sprinted, my very out of shape almost 17 weeks pregnant self through the parking garage and hospital and made it huffing and puffing into their room literally 4 minutes before this sweet little man was born!!! Katy mayyyyyyy have been doing some really good fake pushes until I got there. God bless her.

Little Barrett made his entrance on Friday, June 14th at 5 pounds even! I am so glad I made it and so glad I got to capture some snuggles and skin to skin before he had to go off to the special care nursery for a bit of oxygen and some glucose for his low blood sugar.

UPDATE: I am even more happy that I was able to capture this sweet boy’s arrival for his family — little Barrett went downhill quite fast after I left and is currently fighting for his life in one of the US’s best Children’s hospitals with heart/lung issues…these pics, as his parents have reminded me over and over again, are the only ones they have of him without tubes and machines connected to him. They give them a glimpse into what they hope will be the future with their son: home with them and snuggled up without any machines and support. If you’re the praying time, send some prayers up for little Barrett — he needs them now more than ever.

SECOND UPDATE: Unfortunately after 28 days in the NICU, Barrett passed away from a rare genetic condition called alveolar capillary dysplasia. I was able to go back and capture a NICU session with Barrett and also be there when he passed away to get some final pics with his mama, daddy, and big sister. His parents want his story shared with the world, and want to fund ACD research so this horrible condition can be treated and/or cured in the future. If you feel so inclined to make a donation to the ACD Association, you can do so here.

Ruby June's Birth Story: 5.14.2019

Ahhhh, sweet little Ruby June! Man, good thing I’m already pregnant or CUE THE BABY FEVER!! HAHA!

So I have to detail a bit of Ruby’s birth story… her mama text me Monday morning that she was being induced at 8pm that night. AWESOME. She was already almost 4cm dilated so I figured it was going to go quick. We checked in with each other as the night went on, and about midnight she said she was 4-5cm and they were going to break her water around 4 or 5am…just let her labor down on her own and rest (she just got an epidural). Awesome. I asked if she wanted me to come up and she said no, she didn’t want me waiting around so I said well give me a shout whenever and I’m there. So I dozed off, periodically waking up to check my phone.

At 3:18am I got a text that said, “my water just broke on its own.” I replied, “Awesome I am on my way.” I called my dad to come over (since Mike was working) and I headed to the hospital…got there about 3:50am. Just as I was walking in her husband had grabbed the phone and was getting ready to call me because IT WAS GO TIME, she was 10cm. WOOT! So glad I didn’t wait for that call and just came…because barely 20 minutes later baby was out after only a few pushes (and the last push wasn’t even Rachel — holy fetal ejection reflex!!). So had I waited for that call I wouldn’t have made it!!

But I did, and sweet little Ruby June made her entrance into the world at 4:10am weighing 8 pounds 5 ounces and 21 inches long. Rachel did amazing and made it look SO EASY! Congrats to this sweet family — cannot wait to do their newborn pics next week! I hope you enjoy these…I sure did taking them!!

Rhett's Birth Story: 4.26.2019

Oh goodness. ALL OF THE FEELS with this birth story. Rainbow baby after years of trying, 2 miscarriages, and so many needles and appointments and FINALLY this sweet little boy made his entrance earth side on the late afternoon of Friday, April 26th.

This sweet mama was induced due to gestational diabetes and she ROCKED her induction! Although she was barely 4cm when she called me to come up, I AM SO GLAD SHE DID — she listened to her body and knew it was time, because not long after I got there she was complete and time to push! Which, this mama did maybe two times and out came this adorable little man.

I absolutely loved being able to there to capture big brother Ryker meeting his new little brother Rhett too! It was seriously THE BEST.

I put this video together too for them — this is something new I’ll be offering my birth clients as well and I just love how it turned out!

Man, I hope this sweet little rainbow babe's arrival gives you all the feels…it sure does for me!

Ashton's Birth Story: 4.10.2019

Well this sweet little man decided a whole month before his due date he wanted to make his grand entrance! He wasn’t due until May 8th, but decided at 36 weeks it would be the best time for him to come. Luckily, his entrance was smooth as can be — mama made it look SO EASY (seriously, just a few pushes!!) to get him here! — and despite being a month early, he came out screaming and a healthy five pounds and just the new glimmer in his parents’ eyes!

I was so glad I was able to make it to capture this sweet family’s birth story for their first little one — he is just the cutest little guy and is giving me crazy baby fever seeing him all snuggled up with his mama and daddy! I hope you love these pics…I sure did taking them!!!

Patrick's Birth Story: 3.11.2019

My goodness, another amazing belly birth this morning and I am on such a high from capturing 4 births in less than a week! GOSH I LOVE MY JOB!

This sweet family is one of my favorites…and this little man was such a huge surprise to them after they thought they were done with babes after a miscarriage and some unexplained infertility after their oldest was born. Nope, this little dude had other plans! And my gosh, I am SO GLAD they allowed me to capture his arrival! I am so partial to capturing c-sections and theirs was no exception!

I hope you love these pics…I sure did taking them!!!

Maverick's Birth Story: 3.6.2019

Oh my goodness, what a crazy past 24 hours I have had! Two births, a room apart from each other, at the same hospital, almost exactly 24 hours apart!! WILD!! But AMAZING! And so perfectly timed as I’ve been home about 48 hours or so from my Hawaiian vacation!

This adorable little (or big!!) man Maverick made quite the entrance! Knowing his mama’s history with quick labors, I elected to head her way when she was 4cm and I’m glad I did because just about an hour and a half later this guy arrived earthside weighing in a a massive 9 pounds 8 ounces at just 37 weeks!! What a chunker he is! THE BACK ROLLS!! GAHHHH! His mama and daddy were just completely smitten with him! He did need a little help getting his lungs cleared out but after some cpap and suction love he seemed to perk right up and want to eat…and eat he did!

I just loved documenting this sweet little dude’s birth story — and I just LOVE his parents too! And his amazing nurse…she is one of my all-time favorites and was SO GLAD she was there for both of these back to back deliveries I had! I hope you enjoy these pics…I sure did taking them!!

Brooks' Birth Story: 2.18.2019

First off, how freaking gorgeous is this mama?!??! She made bringing her third sweet babe into this world look so incredibly easy! And this was another birth that time was on my side, as mama went from 4cm to baby out in just about an hour! Let’s say I made it with just a few moments to spare — but I am SO GLAD I did because I am literally OBSESSED with how these pictures turned out!

I did come back for a Fresh 48 later in the morning too so big brother and big sister could meet their new little bro. They were beaming and just so sweet in seeing and holding him for the first time!

I hope you love these pics…I sure did taking them!

Dakota's Birth Story: 1.3.2018

Oh what a wonderful WONDERFUL birth story to start 2019 with! This sweet little lady made her arrival just a few days into 2019 via scheduled c-section and I am forever grateful I was able to be there to capture her entrance! Her parents are just wonderful and were so smitten with adding a new little lady to their family. This was just a beautiful birth to attend and I am forever grateful to being able to capture little miss Dakota’s arrival! Happy 2019 friends!

2018 Birth Stories Favorites

I snapped 17 birth stories in 2018…and I wanted to share a glimpse into some of my favorite images from those!  Births are so incredibly personal, and I am forever and ever grateful to those parents who allow me into their birth spaces to capture their little ones’ entrance into this great big wide world.  And so so so thankful to these parents who then let me share their birth stories with the world too.  2018 was a great year for me…I cannot wait to see what amazing stories I get to capture in 2019!

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Amilia's Birth Story: 12.16.2018

Oh my goodness, what an entrance this little lady made into this world! Her mama was hands-down one of the strongest ones I’ve ever come across — she went into labor on her own, labored until she hit 10cm, pushed for nearly an hour (sans any drugs! #beast) and her little lady wasn’t liking pushing or the contractions…as her heart rate kept dipping. So an epidural was given…to see if that would help her tolerate contractions and pushing some more. Welp, after another 30 minutes of pushes once the epidural kicked in, baby girl really didn’t like that and off to the OR we went! Maggie and Steve handled this major change to their birth plan so incredibly well and safely welcomed little Amilia into the world via c-section. I was so thrilled I was able to be there to capture their whole story for them! I hope you enjoy this birth story…man I sure did capturing it!

Kenneth's Birth Story: 12.4.2018

Oh my goodness, what an entrance this little dude made! Kaitlyn is hands-down the strongest mama I know — she labored for almost 24 hours like a boss — after a 37 week induction due to low fetal movement and tones while being monitored after she decided to go in to be checked. Her hopes for a birth center arrival for this team green babe went out the window, but I think she was under the best care at MoBap.

After trying nearly everything under the sun to get this little guy to come and being stuck around 7cm for hours it seemed, and then with some continued dips in his heartrate during contractions, it was deemed the safest bet for all to go do a c-section…which was a tough thing to swallow for this mama who had three prior vaginal deliveries. But even in the toughest parts of birth and it not going to plan, it is all about getting a healthy baby earth side, and that is exactly what Kaitlyn and Drew did here for their team green turned blue little guy Kenneth! I am so glad I was able to be there to capture his arrival for them — and they had a wonderful midwife Jen by their side too who made all of the difference in their birth story.

Enjoy these pics of this new little guy’s arrival — you are so loved little K!

Penny's Birth Story: 9.25.2018

Oh my goodness. Seriously, the team green babes get me every.single.time! And another c-section mama, which those always hold a special place in my heart.

Laura was expecting baby #3 and was CONVINCED it was another boy. When she first told me she was pregnant I thought immediately it was a girl, but she was convinced it was another boy (she had one of each at home already).

Welp, c-section day came and low-and-behold, even after an initial ‘it’s a boy!’ shout by dad (who quickly corrected himself because the cord was so deceiving in the boy parts ever) little Penny Olivia made her entrance into this world. And what an adorable little lady she is! I LOOOOOOVED that mom used the clear drape for her c-section — that was SO COOL. Anyways, as always it was such a pleasure to be there to capture this little one’s arrival! I hope you enjoy these pics…I sure did taking them!

Benjamin's Birth Story: 8.30.2018

My goodness what a busy month August has been for new babes!  I rounded out the last of my August birth mamas with this little fella's arrival late on the 30th...and oh what an arrival he had!  

What's nuts is that all four of my August births were c-sections -- that has never happened before!  But, being a 3x (soon to be 4x) c-section mama myself I am partial to capturing those for parents as best as I can...and little Benjamin's was no exception!

I just love the story his snaps tell -- I am just swooning over his pics!  Although his arrival wasn't what was planned, he came out safe and healthy as did his mama and that is always the end goal with every birth.  I hope you enjoy these...I sure did taking them!!

Jase's Birth Story: 8.27.2018

I KNOW this is 'MoBap Birth Stories' but dang nabit I have a few of my own clients wrapping up their deliveries with me at other hospitals before I am just exclusive to MoBap...so you're gonna see a few from time to time that aren't MoBap! SHHHHH!! :)

This dude surprised everyone by coming almost 2 weeks early!  He had an eviction via c-section set (thanks to being frank breech!) and instead decided he wanted to party in August instead of waiting for his September birth date!  A little breaking of his mama's water and a superrrr early hospital trip resulted in an August 27th birthday for this guy!

And oh my goodness, what an entrance it was!  He was the cutest, sweetest, SO MUCH HAIR! little fella as soon as he came into the world!  And he was alllll about snugglin' up with his mama as soon as he came out too!

Kelly and Ryan are two of my most favorite people and I could snap their adorable family all day long! A huge thank you to them for letting me capture their little guy's arrival!  I hope you enjoy these snaps...I sure did taking them!!