Guys, I’m addicted. I can’t get enough of the raw emotion and pure joy of witnessing a birth. Having two of my own, I understand that instantaneous explosion of emotions that come with giving birth to your firstborn, and I remember it like it was yesterday when I get the privilege to photograph the same experience for someone else.
Rehanna first contacted me on Friday, April 14th sometime in the evening. I think I was somewhere in the middle of baking cookies and trying to get the kids ready for bed when she called. Jason wrangled the boys so I could take the call. She asked me about birth photography, how does it work, how much does it cost, etc. I gave her the quick low-down and then asked her when her due date was. “Three days ago.” I chuckled. She then explained that she had been waiting around for labor to start and was thinking it might be a good idea to hire a birth photographer to document her planned water birth. I actually loved the fact that it was so last minute, and I was basically on-call right away. Five days tick by, and I checked in with her every so often. Induction was becoming a possibility if labor didn’t start on its own soon. Wednesday evening, however,
Five days tick by, and I checked in with her every so often. Induction was becoming a possibility if labor didn’t start on its own soon. Wednesday evening, however, Rehanna went into early labor and the countdown began. At about 1:30 AM I got the call, and I arrived at Puget Sound Birthing Center across from UW Valley Medical Center in Renton just before 2:30 AM–Rehanna and Jarod had arrived not too soon before me and were still waiting for the tub to fill with water. She was already in transition and we all knew it wouldn’t be long before baby Hadley would arrive, and she made her entrance into this world with a loud cry at 4:32 AM on April 20, 2017. Welcome to Earth, Hadley Day!