Sarah Jane | Intimate Home Birth Story
Have you ever been confronted with a dream opportunity that seemed so far fetched, you weren't even sure it was a realistic dream? Shooting a home birth has been a dream of mine long before I ever knew I would be specializing in birth photography, so when Whitney approached me about shooting her intimate home birth I was THRILLED! Jon & Whitney were expecting their third baby and second daughter, Sarah Jane, who like her brother and sister would be born in the comfort of her own home.
We were expecting Sarah to be born before Christmas of last year because both of Whitney's previous babies were born early, but Sarah had other plans. She kept us waiting until after the new year!! WHAT?! Whitney and I texted back and forth every day for a week as she experienced early signs of labor. Each day seemed to be the same thing:
10:00:00 AM -- Whitney: I'm having some contractions. Timing them, and I'll let you know.
10:02:54 AM -- Me: Yay! Let me know if anything changes, or when to come!
4:36:15 PM -- Me: How are you feeling? Any new developments?
4:40:34 PM -- Whitney: Nope. Still no regularity in contractions. I'll keep you updated.
This happened for an entire week, until that one special day. It was a Sunday and I was getting ready for church when Whitney texted to say she was having contractions, but this time it was different. She was going to continue tracking them, get in touch with her midwife, and let me know when to come. I went through my same routine, packed up my bags, and headed out the door hopeful and ready for Sarah Jane to make her grand entrance! She arrived shortly after 3pm, and it was by far one of the most raw, beautiful, and moving births I've ever witnessed. Whitney labored beautifully, gracefully, and with such strength!
Thank you for asking me to capture Sarah's birth story for your family, Whitney & Jon!