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On March 29, I photographed the birth of a beautiful baby girl. To say that it was amazing, moving, emotional, awe-inspiring and beautiful is the understatement of the century. I hope the images convey the sense of family, love and devotion that surrounded Bethany as she gave birth. I, for one, was in tears behind the lens as I was trying to take photos. It was an experience I will never forget and I hope I have the chance to photograph more births in the future.

Happy Birthday, Emmie!

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Everyone closely watched this monitor to see how the baby’s heart rate was faring as labour progressed
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Family gathered around Bethany. I love how calm and jovial everyone seems.
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Bethany’s Dad and Grandfather out in the waiting room
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Reese, Bethany’s husband, looked calm and happy
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Bethany’s Grandmother anxiously paced the hallways while we were waiting to go back into the room.
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Bethany had an epidural so even at 6cm, she was a happy camper! Reese held her hand and they laughed about little things to pass the time.
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Reese was always there to give Bethany a reassuring squeeze on the arm or hand.
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Bethany has their first daughter’s name tattooed on her arm. I asked where she was going to get this baby’s name tattooed on her 🙂
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The contractions strengthened and Bethany could feel the pressure even through the epidural. I love how Reese’s expression is saying, “You’ve got this”.
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Those are some pretty decent contractions!
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Things started to get more intense as everyone prepared for the baby’s arrival.
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Then it was time to push! I stuffed myself in a corner of the delivery room so that I didn’t get in anyone’s way.
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Quiet strength.
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Everyone was ready, even the Panda Warmer.
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Bethany’s mom helped out as the pushing continued.
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Baby Emmie was born!
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Everyone was overcome with emotion, including me.
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Beauty and perfection in an 8lb baby girl
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Reese got to cut the cord
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Baby Emmie got her fingers and toes counted…
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…her lungs cleared out…
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…and her head measured.
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While the baby was getting checked out, Reese thanked his wife. She sure was amazing.
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Hi, Emmie!
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The family with their new addition
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A moment a mother never forgets

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Marianne Scraggs

Amazing Kate!

Most beautiful moments…extraordinary perspectives…great artistry Kate!!!

Thank you very much Pamela! It was truly an experience I will never forget.

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