Baby O was born at Swedish First Hill Birth Center on a bright and sunny Seattle afternoon! However, it all started the night before…
Baby O’s parents arrived at the hospital the evening before with excitement and anticipation since Baby O needed to be induced for medical reasons. The plan was to administer some medication the night before and then (hopefully) get some good sleep overnight, with the induction to start early the next morning.
Laboring and waiting for Baby O’s arrival
I (the birth photographer) arrived to the scene mid-morning at the same time as the doula, and just in time for the epidural to be administered. Contractions were starting to pick up with intensity, and Baby O’s mother was laboring like a champ!
After the epidural was placed, Baby O’s mother finally had a chance to rest. Shortly thereafter, it was time to push!
Baby O born at Swedish First Hill Birth Center!
Baby O was born vaginally and was joyfully welcomed earthside! The golden hour is defined as the first hour after baby is born. Many parents choose to do skin-to-skin with their baby during the golden hour as it has many benefits. Skin-to-skin helps regulate the baby’s temperature, helps the parent and child to bond, and helps with breastfeeding.
As a birth photographer, I stick around for two hours postpartum to capture all these beautiful and special moments. The best moments happen during the golden hour!
Baby O’s parents wanted to take a “placenta tour,” which means that they were able to learn about, touch and see Baby O’s placenta! I always love it when parents choose to do this! Would you take a placenta tour if you had the opportunity?
The newborn exam is always fun to get photos of as well. From measurements, to tiny foot and hand prints, it’s just so special!
Time with Dad
Finally, Baby O’s dad was more than ready to get some skin-to-skin time with his sweet new infant.
Are you delivering at Swedish First Hill Birth Center in Seattle?
If you are delivering at Swedish First Hill, I’d love to be your photographer for labor and delivery! This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and you’ll have peace of mind, knowing you won’t miss a thing with me as your labor and delivery photographer. I offer professional birth photos and films for parents who want to remember all the important details of their birth story. You can even add professional birth photography to your baby registry!
Contact me to see if I have availability for your due date. (I take a limited number of births each month, so the sooner your contact me, the better!) Or if you are curious and just want to learn more, check out my page on birth photography. You’ll discover what birth photography entails, read some FAQs, and get all the details!