Franklin Birth Videographer + Photographer | Erin’s Birth Story

August 20, 2022

The sun was shining so brightly. It was around lunch time, when my dear client, Erin, texted me it was time to head her way. A Baby would be born!

I arrived at 12:30. The sun was coming into her bedroom, where baby would enter the world.  It was a truly beautiful sight.

The midwife and her nurse assistant were there, already tending to mom’s needs. Haven Birth and Wellness is an amazing Home birth midwifery practice out of Franklin, Tennessee. About 10 years ago, Lauren (the lead midwife and starter of Haven) was my midwife at Vanderbilt when I had my son. She was so amazing. I hope someday to film a birth that she is the attending midwife at.

Shortly after I arrived, Erin’s doula, Dani, came. Dani (Motheringarrows on ig) ¬†brought such a peaceful presence with her. The environment was already pretty peaceful. But Dani was this quiet calm spirit. It was amazing observing her in her element. My favorite part was when she prayed over Erin during labor.

The first part of Erin’s birth journey had some emotions, fear and anxiety trying to take hold. I loved capturing her tears and her voice as she voices her fears and thoughts. In my opinion, this is just par for the course. Bringing a baby into the world is a place of vulnerability. It is my opinion that the best births come from women who are able to fully let go and embrace all of their vulnerability. So, working through the emotions is part of how we arrive at delivering the baby.

Erin’s husband was amazing. Between contractions, he would whisper to her. I don’t have the audio in a way that actually gives us what was said. and, I kind of like that its a secret between the two of them. In the film, I will have that audio and that conversation – and we don’t know what is said. But they do. and they will remember. It is truly such a beautiful moment between husband and wife.

Erin’s labor starts to intensify. You can sense her fear and then as she works through each contraction, you can sense her letting go and submitting fully. With Jesus and her birth team, Erin feels fully supported in her journey of bringing her baby boy into the world.

Dani wrote in her instagram story the most beautiful perfect wording to describe this stage of birth for Erin (and many mothers). “The end. The part where you really come to the end of yourself. I told one of the midwives yesterday that there’s a whole mindset in the birth world that ‘you got this’ … and the reality is… you can’t… NOT alone. God designs birth to break us…to break the complete end of ourselves. We find HIM in this place, if we choose to look up and fix our eyes. I think that’s why I have always treasured birth, found it so utterly profound and beautiful. It’s because as we lose ourselves, and find HIM and he swoops right in and holds us and helps us get our babies here.”

I hope Dani writes more about her introspection into the birth space. She has profound intelligence into the depth of birth.

Erin was breathtaking and a warrior in her birth. That sweet baby came into the world, both shoulders simultaneously coming at brute force (poor Erin, but she did it!) all 8 lbs of this precious boy.

Thank you for reading. If you want to inquire about birth videography and photography in the Nashville area, contact me here.

 

P.S. Erin wore this beautiful night gown from free people in cream during her early labor and in navy after baby was born.

 

 

 

 

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