May 1, 2020

We were anticipating an early and possibly quick delivery with our rainbow baby. But never could have imagined how early and how quickly. This is Austin's story.

Austin's due date was May 10th, 2020, Mother's Day. Due to my history of preterm labor and delivery and this being my fourth pregnancy, my OB had taken all precautions to prevent an early baby. From multiple doctor visits...

April 15, 2020

I am letting the Dads take over this blog and tell you in their own words, what having a birth photographer is like. Enjoy!

My experience with Nicole as a birth photographer is an amazing one. My initial thoughts of having a birth photographer was more of an excitement for my wife, and not for myself. I figured there would just be some great photos. Not to mention, quite a bit of...

January 20, 2020

I love birth. I picked up a book on natural child birth when I was pregnant with my first baby, at the age of 22, and ever since then I have been fascinated with every aspect of it. After I gave birth to my first baby (Charlotte), an unmedicated hospital birth with an OB, I couldn’t wait to do it again. In fact I became a certified birth doula during that time, because I loved it...

October 21, 2019

The Birth Story of Aiden Ellis

From the moment I drove home from the hospital after delivering my firstborn via unplanned c-section under general anesthesia, I knew I wanted to give birth vaginally if we had more children. I spent the next two years learning everything I could about VBAC and the culture around birth. It was also during this time that I found the online birth commu...

March 5, 2019

On Saturday, January 26th we welcomed rainbow baby Liam Hayes to our family at 11:41pm. 

Early Saturday morning Benton and I woke up with a yucky stomach bug. I spent the day between bed, the bathroom, and the couch while Alex held down the fort. I began to feel a bit better and we all settled in to watch Beauty and the Beast around 5pm. 

Throughout my pregnancy I had an “irrit...

September 17, 2018

Oh my sweet baby boy, where do I begin?

As we celebrate your first birthday today, I find myself reflecting on our journey together. I loved being pregnant with you, watching my body change as you grew inside me, listening to your heartbeat at each check-up, and feeling you move around. Feeling you every day was absolutely my favorite part of our early time together. The first tim...

August 18, 2018

Breastfeeding / Pumping is a journey and it's a journey that needs to be celebrated. It does not matter how long you did it for, or how much milk you made, you did it, and that is something to be proud of.

To my breastfeeding mamas, you stuck through the horrible first weeks, the cracked nipples, the crying (both you and babe), the leaky boobs, cluster feeding, teething, neve...

August 11, 2018

Valor Shae Berlanga-Hodges Born 3/15/18

*Trigger warning- retained placenta*

I was 40 weeks and 10 days pregnant on March 14, 2018. I am not sure if you are aware, but that is most certainly NOT 9 months. That is one of the many lies you hear about pregnancy. Anyway, since we had reached the 40 week mark I was insisting this baby come Earth side soon, so I got the go ahead from my...

December 31, 2017

I knew even before we stared trying that I wanted a Homebirth this time around. After being a birth photographer for two years at this point, I had fallen in love with the midwife model of care and I was determined to have a healing birth this time. My birth with my first was very chaotic, 40 hours of hard labor, and a botched epidural. I also knew there was no way I could handle...

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