Birth Photography – Emilia’s Birth Story
The birth story of Emilia Rose in Savannah, Georgia on April 29, 2017.
Birth photography is one of my passions. Therefore, when you live in Savannah and have some pretty cool neighbors, who then move 15min away, and then find out they are pregnant… of course you offer to shoot their birth story for them. That’s exactly what happened with Ryan and Rachel. They were the best neighbors ever (and I’m not just saying that because they are going to read this). They would talk to our kids, chit chat with us, bring our grill over when it got delivered to their house, and even our dogs liked each other (as long as there was a fence between them of course). Then one day, they moved. Insert sad face here. Don’t get me wrong, we were happy for them with their new (totally adorable) house, but still sad to be losing such awesome neighbors.
A few months had passed and when Ryan came by to pick up some of their mail from the old house, he informed us that Rachel was expecting!!! Me, being me, told him that if they needed a photographer I happened to know someone. 😉 (I can be a bit sarcastic from time to time… in a good way).
Fast foward 8 months and messages back and forth and it’s the evening of the 29th of April. I received a text from Ryan that Rachel’s water had just broke. Once they got to the birth center they would let me know. To say I kept checking my phone every 2 minutes to make sure I didn’t miss a text or call from him is an understatment. I finally got the text to head to the birth center about an hour later. Needless to say, I kissed the kids and husband and was off, safely of course with only minimal speeding.
Upon arriving, Rachel was in the shower and laboring great. She didn’t want to know how far dilated she was when she arrived so it really was a guessing game to see how fast miss Emilia wanted to get here. After the shower, Rachel then moved to the bed where she tried multiple positions to help her with the pain and to help Emilia get here quicker. Finally, after 5.5hours of her water breaking, miss Emilia entered this world!
Rachel was so great and such an inspiration and Ryan was a terrific coach. I was in awe with how calm he stayed during the whole thing! And we cannot forget Rachel’s mom who showed up while we were all waiting for Emilia. Watching her talk to her daughter and comfort and coach her during contractions was something I’m not sure I will ever forget.
Happy Birthday sweet Emilia! You are already so very loved!