Danica and I met at Whole Foods. We sat down to talk and immediately connected over the realities of birth: crowning, placentas, umbilical cords. Some of my clients aren't too interested in these topics, but I find most of them are - the human body is incredible and it's glory is in full display during birth. Danica was planning a waterbirth at Mountain Midwifery Center, one of Colorado's leading birth centers. The more we talked, the more excited I grew for her birth. I was honored to be chosen as her birth photographer.
When I met Bryan and Danica at the birth center several weeks later, I was struck by both the intensity of her contractions and the deep and evident love between Bryan and Danica. They worked together beautifully. For hours. Eventually the decision to transfer to Littleton Hospital was made, and after even more hours of work and labor, the decision to have a cesarean birth was also decided.
Bryan and Danica advocated for themselves with as much strength as they had labored with: they fought for me to come back into the operating room, they asked for Odin to be immediately placed on Danica's chest, and they requested that he stay in the room with Danica until she was ready to go into recovery.
Cesarean births are intense, beautiful, and difficult. As a birth photographer, I'm honored to capture these stories.