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I am so excited to share this birth story with you! Christina was one of the first people I met when we moved to Spokane, and I was beyond honored when, almost 2 years later, she asked me to be her birth photographer. {You might recognize this family from their stunning Maternity Session — hop over there first if you haven’t already seen that piece of their story!} This beautiful birth took place with Spokane Midwives at their Birth Center in Spokane, WA.

Thank you so much, Christina for inviting me to capture your special day, and for graciously sharing your birth story:

 

Christina: “The morning of July 14th seemed like a good day to have a baby.

At 40+6 weeks I was getting anxious of when he would actually be ready to join us. I woke up that morning at 6am to go to the bathroom. I had a bit of water come out as soon as I sat down. Not much only lasted a few seconds. But hey it was something more than the contractions I had been getting every night for the past week! I went back to bed after telling my husband. My daughter got up and we went about our morning. I was having mild contractions I could notice but weren’t intense yet. I cleaned, did laundry, and danced around in the living room with Sofi all morning! It was wonderful!

After lunch it was time for nap so Sofi and I headed down stairs to read books before she went down it was almost 12:30pm. We are laying in her bed just getting started reading when I had this feeling my water was about to come gushing out. I jumped out of her bed just in time for my water to burst! Luckily I was wearing fleece pajama bottoms and I just ripped them to the floor and they caught everything. Sofi was so confused and concerned. I had to explain to her that brother was inside a water balloon and the balloon had to pop for him to come out! It was a good thing!! So she started running around saying, “my water broke!!” ripping her undies off and standing over a towel, it was hilarious! We both finally calmed down, and went back to reading books. To my surprise, after the excitement she actually napped. So I went to bed just to relax.

I could definitely notice the contractions more now! Coming about every 10 minutes and lasting 30-40 seconds. Dexter came home from work about an hour later. We just hung out in bed and watched Nexflix while Sofi napped. The contractions progressed in length but didn’t get much closer together. Sofi woke up about 3pm, and by this point my contractions were every 6 minutes and 45 seconds long. She joined us in bed and we continued to relax. She could tell I was in pain and kept asking what was going on. And I kept telling her “brother is coming!” About 3:30 my contractions hit 1 minute in length and immediately started coming every 3 minutes!

I called the midwife and told her, luckily she was almost to the birth center. We loaded up the car, sofi, and told Dexter’s mom it was go time! The drive to the birth center was luckily only 10 minutes away, but a very intense drive! We arrived at the birth center at 3:45, Dexter dropped me off at the door and I went in. The midwife was making sure everything was set up and asked me if I wanted to be checked. I told her yes as things seemed to have progressed so quickly. I was already an 8! Dexter’s mom met us at the birth center just minutes after we got there and took Sofi to play in the lobby. And I was off to the tub!

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Esther Edith is a professional Photographer and certified Birth Doula, serving Spokane, WA, Coeur d’Alene, ID and the surrounding areas.
I specialize in birth photography, and also offer maternity, newborn lifestyle, breastfeeding, and babywearing photography. If you are interested in inviting me to capture your story in timeless images, please connect with me to envision together and reserve your session.

 

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The day your baby is born, your life changes. Forever. This day is just as important as your wedding day! And you likely invested in a professional photographer to capture those special moments. My clients have described the day they gave birth as “Life-changing,” “The hardest thing I have ever done, and of which I am the proudest,” “One of the most important days in our lives. It bonded my husband and I in a new way.”

 

No iPhone image can do justice this special day for your family; this is a day to be documented for you by a professional.

 

I often hear, “We’re really interested in birth photography… but we might just have a friend take photos to save money.” Or, “My husband doesn’t get why he can’t just snap a few shots between the birth…”

 

With permission, my clients have allowed me to share a few of the photos that were taken by family/friends at the same births that I attended as their professional Birth Photographer and/or Doula. Thank you to each family for trusting me to be a part of your birth, and for allowing me to share these images in the hope of illustrating the value of hiring a professional birth photographer. If you haven’t already done so, please read my post on Five Reasons to Hire a Birth Photographer: “A birth photographer is trained and experienced in how to capture the best-possible images for you; from choosing the right angles, to the lighting, to capturing all the small details, as well as all the time it takes to edit and compile your birth story, a professional birth photographer is equipped with the necessary tools it takes to beautifully capture your birth.”

 

I am truly passionate about my job; I invest my heart and soul into my photography. I am beyond honored each time a family entrusts me to capture their birth story.

 

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One of my favorite images to capture postpartum is the first embrace between dad and baby. The last thing a mother wants to do right after giving birth is making sure that moment is documented; often, by herself! I anticipate this important moment, and I intentionally capture it from multiple angles.

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Families often like to have their birth space low-lit, which means potentially difficult lighting situations. This is why I have invested in equipment that is made especially for low-light situations.  Camera flashes are not recommended around newborns due to potential eyesight damage, but I use a professional flash, which allows me to “bounce” my light source without causing distraction to a laboring mother, and without any risk to a baby’s eyes. Even in dimly lit situations, I am experienced and prepared to capture your birth story without disturbing the peace of you birth space.

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After baby is born, parents are often eager to share with the world the news of their new arrival. The easiest way to do this is by snapping a quick phone image, and uploading it to Facebook. With this in mind, each of my birth packages include a few edited digital files within 24 hours to use as your official birth announcement.

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One of my birth co-workers nicknamed me “The Birth Photographer Ninja!” Having photographed several births, I am always thinking “ten steps ahead” about where I need to (unobtrusively) place myself in order to capture all the important details and special moments that you want to remember. I take the time to document all the important details from creative angles. Spokane Birth Photographer, Why Hire a birth photographer, Esther Edith Photographer and Doula Spokane, Coeur d

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Entrusting a professional birth photographer to capture your birth story allows your husband to be fully present, and support you 100% throughout your birth.

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…And I promise to do my job and capture those special memories for you. ♡ 

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If you are interested in inviting a Professional Birth Photographer to help you capture one of the most important days in your family’s life, please reach out to me!  I offer flexible payment plans, and special discounts with multiple packages. Having had two home births, and attended a variety of births as a photographer and doula, I am familiar with the birth space, and sensitive to your privacy and comfort. I would love to get to know you, and I would be honored to document the birth day of your child.

 

{Esther Edith is a professional Photographer and Doula who serves families in the Spokane, WA – Coeur d’Alene areas. She offers professional photography for Birth, Maternity, Newborn, Babywearing, and Breastfeeding. If you are reading this, and looking for a birth photographer elsewhere, I have several birth photographer friends around the globe that I would be glad to refer you to.}

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On the morning of this wonderful homebirth, I received a text saying mama’s labor had started, and then slowed down again, so everyone was heading home to give her some time and space (even dad headed out to work), and we all planned to return when things picked up again. A few hours later, I got the call to go back. The midwives had barely just made it there in time to catch baby, the doula was still on her way over, and dad was on his way home.  Everything happened rather quickly, and unexpectedly (as births do), and by the time I arrived, baby was earth side, and still attached to his magnificent, pulsing cord (which you will see below). These first three images were taken seconds after dad met baby for the first time. Shortly afterwards, mama indulged in a warm, herbal bath with baby. I am thrilled to have captured some raw, beautiful images from this sweet family’s birth story; thank you, K family, for inviting me to be a part of your special day. ♥

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