When I was pregnant with my second son, my midwives were the wonderful ladies at Central Texas Birth Center (Heather & Salli). I consider them the first family we had when we moved to Central Texas. So whenever I get to photograph one of their births, I get extra excited.
I was contacted by Sahala less than a week before her due date, she realized that birth photography was something she really wanted and hoped that I was available. It turns out I was just about to go on call for another birth, but I am comfortable taking on two to three births a month because I have amazing backup photographers I can rely on should I need to be in two places at one time (and, for the record – I have never had two moms deliver at the same time. I had 2 moms deliver on the same day, but I was able to make it to both births as one was in the early morning and the other was in the evening).
A week later, I get a text from Sahala’s doula, Ashley, around 3:00am saying it was baby time. Contractions were 3 minutes apart and becoming intense. So I got dressed, quickly ate breakfast, and headed over to the birth center. I half expected to get a call to meet them on the side of the road to take photos! But thankfully everyone made it to CTBC.
I was witness to several hours of strong, powerful laboring. Sahala was so calm and collected, at one point even pulling out her laptop to start her favorite playlist. She labored in the water for several hours and then decided to get out of the tub once she wanted to push. Her partner Colton was so incredibly supportive the entire time, always there to hold her hand and offer his strength.
When it was time for baby to come out, Sahala instantly became a fierce and determined mother, bringing her baby earthside so beautifully. Jameson was born 6 pounds, 13 ounces and immediately bonded with both mom and dad.
Thank you, Sahala and Colton, for inviting me into your birth space and being witness to Jameson’s birth.