Three years ago, I had the blessed opportunity to photograph the birth of a little girl by c-section. It was, as you can imagine, awesome and unforgettable. Shortly after that, my friend Erin (the mother of that baby girl) and her family of four moved across the country to Maryland. Fast forward to early 2012. Erin called me from the east coast and told me she was expecting another baby. I was thrilled for her! And then she told me she and her family would be moving back to Washington and she was hoping to have her baby at the same hospital she had her daughter back in 2009. She asked me if I would be available to photograph another birth for them! Another c-section! I was ecstatic to have the opportunity to be part of such an amazing experience again. Documenting the c-section birth of this sweet family’s third child proved to be a little different than the previous birth, as the hospital had changed its policies and now only one support person was allowed back into prep, the OR and recovery. And obviously, that one support person was Dad, not photographer/friend me. Erin did all she could (including writing a letter of request to the hospital board) to try and make it so we could document this birth just like we’d documented the birth of their second-born, but to no avail. I was allowed to be there to photograph everything leading up to when Erin and her husband walked back to be prepped for the c-section and everything afterward, including the baby’s first bath, weighing, first shots, etc. Actually, being allowed into the nursery with Dad and the nurse was a privilege. They almost weren’t going to allow that, but we were kind, respectful and persistent and we were rewarded! So my photographs are missing the big moment, the first-minute baby Fischer entered the world … and a few other pivotal moments in prep and the OR that help tell the story of his first big day. Erin sent me a disc of the photos her husband took during those moments and asked if I’d edit them to match the others I took, so she could have the full story of the birth of their third-born to put into an album later. The two photos below that are not taken by me or with an AKP camera are marked. I think Fischer’s dad did a great job filling in the holes in this birth photography session, don’t you? So here you have it. Without further ado … the birth of baby Fischer, one of the most handsome newborns I’ve ever seen, into one of the kindest families I’ve had the pleasure of photographing. It was an honor to be part of your very special day, Ken and Erin! Thank you so much.
*Above two photos by Fischer’s daddy