Wow. Juuuuuuust wow. The woman’s body is so amazing. I am amazed at how much strength, courage, trust, patience and all out awesomeness that women have to be able to give birth at home! I arrived at Merrilee and Jason’s house around 8:30am on Monday morning. Their two older boys were playing in the next room; normal boy things like Lego’s and a game I need to ask Jason about – something about basic programming for kids:) I love young minds! Merrilee’s doula (Jen, Natural Blessings Doula Services) and midwife (Eloisa, Gentle Hands Midwifery) and midwife apprentice, Hailey, were there.
Jason and Jen were both coaching her through her contractions. Deep roars were coming from my friend. “You can do this! Nice, low breaths.” What a support system!!! I have mentioned before that birth photography is one of the most emotional and most difficult events to photograph for me. And I’m a crier. But I recently heard from a good friend that when you want to cry, it’s God. He’s pulling on you to be in the moment and realize what’s going on, and that’s ok. I am so thankful I’m able to cry and photograph at the same time! Tears of joy and overall pride for this woman birthing a new life! I’m going to fill this part in with Merrilee’s birth story – once she writes it! I’ll tell my version with the images below!
Merrilee – you are such a strong woman! You are caring, compassionate and such an amazing mom!! I can’t wait to see how sweet Escher grow’s to be the perfect finale to your family! Thank you for allowing me to document his birth! It was truly an honor!! Love, Meg