Welcome, baby boy.

Welcome, baby boy.

Dad patiently awaits the arrival of his daughter.

Dad patiently awaits the arrival of his daughter.

Welcome, baby girl.

Welcome, baby girl.

A'Maya and Anne measuring the twins soon after their arrival.

A'Maya and Anne measuring the twins soon after their arrival.

Happy daddy with both babies in his arms.  

Happy daddy with both babies in his arms.  

 

Every birth I photograph is special to me, but this twin birth is right up there with my first home birth photography session.  Lynn called me about this birth the week mom was due - she had just met them.  I was giddy with excitement from the moment I received Lynn's call.  I wanted so much to be a part of a natural twin birth, but this certainly turned out to be more amazing than I could have ever expected.  

Whenever I'm on call, I can hardly sleep.  I wake up and check my phone periodically throughout the night and I constantly go through my bag to make sure everything is charged and ready to go.  A week went by and I started to feel like mom was never going to go into labor!  Or worse...maybe they forgot to call me?!  How could they??  On call life is insanely exciting.

And then, the message came.  A text from David at The Retreat telling me mom was 8 centimeters dilated!  It was morning traffic time and I hadn't yet finished taxiing my girls to school.  Holy cow!  There was no way I could make it because I was still 45 minutes away and this was mom's third pregnancy.  {Welcome, adrenaline rush!}

A block away from The Retreat, I  missed the turn and backed up my truck at the intersection.  There was no way I'd be wasting time making a u-turn.  Little did I know it was A'Maya, one of the twins' midwives, that I nearly backed into at the intersection.  Oops!!

I made it!  Mom starting pushing shortly after I arrived.  Much to my amazement, the first twin was born in the caul -  a large portion of his body was still in the amniotic sac with the amniotic fluid still sloshing over his tiny head.  Amazing!  All birth photographers dream about a baby being born en caul, and here I was taking it all in.  Rose and Anne, the midwives assigned to the first twin, gracefully took him and made sure he was okay while mom prepared for the arrival of her next baby.

The second twin announced her arrival within a few minutes by showing us her tiny fist coming toward us before here head.  Oh my goodness! ANOTHER wonderful surprise.  

With a room crowded with five midwives and several family members, you could feel the awe and amazement as we waited for Lynn and A'Maya to bring this baby into the world alongside her brother.  Needless to say, everyone did their job amazingly well!   Baby sister joined her brother and quickly reached out for him as mamma did some skin to skin.

Many people ask me what would possess me to photograph births.  My answer is simple:  to watch a woman's body perform magically and do what it is meant to do, while she is surrounded by a wonderful support system, and being able to document that for generations to come...that is a gift to me... a gift I repay by documenting it for these warrior moms.

xo - Blanca