for a long time now, photography has been a core passion of mine. capturing all of the character and life involved in a single instant is awe inspiring. i remember when i got my first film camera - a gift from my grandpa back in 2001. as i sat in my first photography class in high school, i remember being so eager to learn...i couldn't wait to take my own photos. i carried my camera almost everywhere with me then and spent most of my time in the darkroom developing pictures. unfortunately, my high school had a sparse offering of photography classes and i knew that i wanted to learn more. i eventually began taking saturday morning art classes at columbus college of art and design through their offerings, i was able to dig much deeper and learn so much more. over the years, my love for photography continued to grow.
several years of adult life and four kids later (my youngest is still twenty one months young), my passion had faded. only recently have i began reaching for my camera and rediscovering my passion, the love and desire i once yearned for. since i am involved in welcoming new life, it is only natural that i have decided to start offering birth photography as an add on service to my normal doula packages. i know, i know...call me crazy! who just dives head first into the "amazing" lighting provided by hospital rooms, but it hasn't scared me away. my passion is just as strong as it ever has been. what's really intrigued me is how much is missed on such an important day. once new life emerges, that rush of oxytocin takes over, and both mom and partner and anyone else involved checks out to a place of bliss.
so after much practice here i am offering my services to you on a special day. i am here to capture the miracle and hard work of bringing about new life. the raw emotion that arises when two people are working hard together. the look of love on each of their faces when they meet that bundle of joy for the first time. i love that i can handle the capturing of memories, while mom and partner are able to sink in and enjoy the moment.
now for the disclaimer: i am NOT a professional birth photographer. if you are looking for a professional birth photographer than i invite you to check out sarah shaumbaugh and lindsey scholz. these ladies are incredible and have dedicated there life to focus on the welcoming of new life.
please note that all the pictures i will share with you in this post i have been given permission to do so by my client and
Lindsey Scholz photography. this birth took place at OSU with the Gahanna Carepoint midwives. i had the privilege of attending a birth with a couple who also hired Lindsey Scholz to be the birth photographer at there birth. i was than gifted these images and permission to share with you what that day looked like and the role i played as the doula.
i often get asked "how do you do it? ...you never know when you will get called, you never know what important life marker you might miss with your family", but when that phone rings at 4 AM the rush that surges through me is enough to keep me going. i love birth work...i love each and every aspect of it, from peeing on a stick to skin to skin. i eat, breathe and sleep birth. the ability of one human being able to make another human being just blows my mind.
birth work is not a hobby to me, it is a passion. it is my chosen career path. the excitement that fills me with each call letting me know that it is baby time is a reward in itself. not knowing what i will step into for that birth or what role i will play for this laboring mom is the excitement that fills me with joy. while no two births are the same, my love for my job is.
what a great first year chasing my dreams. i had the privilege of meeting and working with 26 amazing, strong and brave women. i want to thank each and every family i was blessed with this year.
i still can't believe what i have accomplished in seven months. in 2013 i took my first doula training class with DONA. befre deciding to certify with DONA i wanted to take one more doula training to help make sure that i chose the right certifying body. so in 2014 i embarked in another doula training class known as toLabor. after a month of review i decided to start the certification process with DONA.
in early april i met an interviewed with two wonderful mentors alison diaz and jessica buell who are the founders of roots midwifery. i am now one of the referring doulas and childbirth educators for roots midwifery. my co-pilot (back-up and referring doula for roots) elaine tucker of columbus birth arts and i decided to write and teach a six weeks series of childbirth education. we currently teach and hold these classes in a sacred space at roots. i have learned so much from these to amazing midwives in such a short amount of time.
in october of 2014 i decided i wanted to go on and continue my education. i am now training to be a monitrice.
in august of 2015 i will be traveling to summertown tennessee to the farm to take a week long midwifery assistant course to help me further along with becoming a monitrice. hopefully i will get to meet ina may gaskin.
i can not wait to see what the new year holds for. the paths i will take and the people i will meet along them.
thank you to each and every person who has trusted me with there care. you will always have a special place in my <3