Cesarean Birth Photographer, Toledo Ohio {Kelleigh’s family friendly C-section}

I know a lot of pregnant moms in Northwest Ohio, as well as birth workers, doulas, etc.  Most of us plan for a natural birth, hope for an uncomplicated delivery, and a quick labor.  We keep our fingers crossed, hope for the best.  But sometimes we do our best but the word says “Hey, I’ve got other plans!”  And that’s our first lesson in Motherhood!  Expect the unexpected.  In birth, everything is unpredictable!  And thus, the story of Kelleigh’s “Family Friendly Cesarean.”  Kelleigh and her husband, Jason, hired me to be their birth photographer, expecting beautiful photographs of the entire labor process.  Kelleigh is huge into making sure every precious moment in life is documented, so she came to the right birth photographer.  We worked together to discuss her hopes for her birth, and how I could help support that as a doula and birth photographer.  Towards the end of her pregnancy, she discovered that her baby was actually breech (head up, butt down.)  Most OB’s won’t practice a vaginal breech birth, but this OB did suggest doing an ECV- External Cephalic Version.   That basically means they attempt to turn the baby from the outside, manually.  It can be painful and sometimes leads to an emergency cesarean, so they gave Kelleigh an epidural and I waited on “high alert On Call” to see if I needed to come immediately.  Luckily, that wasn’t necessary, but their baby was just not budging.   Their outlook on their birth remained beautiful and we carried on with planning for a scheduled c-section to meet their baby.  It was the most beautiful Cesarean birth, and the smiles were everywhere, all day!  Kelleigh only seemed a little bit nervous and said that having that epidural for the ECV helped her know what to expect and calmed her nerves a lot.   Since she really, really wanted to get as many birth photographs as possible, we made sure to talk to everyone on the hospital staff that we might possibly need to chat with in regards to getting into the operating room to get those precious first moments of life photographed.  The OB, two anesthesiologists, nursing staff, etc., all were tremendously supportive in helping Kelleigh reach her birth goals.  I can not speak highly enough about how much they worked with us both to make sure that her birth photography investment didn’t go to waste.  It is experiences like these that I hope will show the positive side of birth, even when our perfectly laid plans didn’t quite go the way we had hoped.   Birth is beautiful.

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Almost time to meet baby!

 

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When the OB cheeses for the camera all day, you can’t help but smile.  (Through the tears, of course!)

 

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Love.  I mean, I seriously just LOVE this moment.    A baby is born, parents are born.

 

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Newborn baby exam!

 

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Look at the vernix under her chin! Birth Photographers call that “birthday frosting!”

 

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Mommy is meeting her firstborn baby.  I’m so glad this Toledo area hospital allowed a Birth Photographer to capture this moment.  

 

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Mom’s look to Dad…. I think it says, “We did it!  We’re new parents! And she’s perfect!”

 

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Mom and Dad didn’t find out the sex of the baby, so she had her nails done to show that they had a surprise gender reveal. She was excited to say she was right- newborn baby GIRL!

 

There are so many more birth photography images, that I decided to break this birth story up into two different blog posts.  Stay tuned for the second half of this beautiful Gentle Cesarean, as well as the Video Fusion Slideshow that tells the story so beautifully!

 

If you are interested in learning more about Birth Photography or Fresh 48/ Fresh Baby Hospital Sessions, please give me a call at 419. 231. 1174!

As the area’s only Doula- Birth Photographer, Ashley Short Photography is currently serving all of Northwest Ohio, Southwest Michigan,  as well as the Fort Wayne Indiana area. (Including but not limited to Wauseon, Archbold, Napoleon, Bryan, Pettisville, Defiance, Whitehouse, Toledo, Delta, Swanton, Perrysburg, Maumee, Holland, Sylvania, and more.)

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  • You did an incredible job capturing this c-section birth! These are so beautiful and moms expression is priceless. What incredible memories you have captured for this new family.ReplyCancel

  • These birth photos are beautiful! You captured the birth of their baby girl perfectly! So many sweet moments!ReplyCancel

  • How awesome! I love that you were allowed in the OR! I love the photograph of mom smiling at dad!
    Once in a lifetime photos!ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      Thank you! I think all birth photos are once in a lifetime… more precious to me than wedding photos.ReplyCancel

  • This is so special… I’m so glad they allowed you into the OR, I so wish there wasn’t even a question about letting this happen! I’m so glad you could be there for this!ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      I know! I hope that professional birth photographers can earn the trust needed, and eventually, photographing births in the OR is the norm!ReplyCancel

  • Birth truly IS beautiful. Your images capture the emotion and the miracle of it. What a wonder that a Caesarian birth can be photographed. Fabulous job, Ashley.ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much, Andrea. <3ReplyCancel

  • That’s so wonderful that this Toledo hospital allows you to photograph c-sections! My last two babies were cesarean and I only have a couple of crappy cellphone photos. I am thankful for those, but I would have loved to hire a professional birth photographer.ReplyCancel

    • ash.short@yahoo.com

      I understand, Allison. I had hired a professional birth photographer for both of my births, but they both ended in Cesareans and my birth photographers weren’t allowed in the operating rooms in the smaller hospitals.ReplyCancel

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