When I found out Nicole was expecting...and having a homebirth...and lived in Baker, which was only five minutes from my home in Denver....I couldn't have been more thrilled. One of the hardest parts of birth photography is timing. Knowing when to go to a birth is complicated because each woman and each birth is so different. When you add in traffic and drive-time across the front range an already tricky situation can become even more difficult. At the time we first talked, I had no idea I would be in the midst of my first trimester (and horribly sick) so when December came around, I was even more grateful that her birth would be close to home.
When I got the call that it was time to join Nicole...my nausea was at an all-time high. And yet when I arrived at her Denver home and gave her sweet midwife, Kathryn Raynes, a big hug...all of my sickness went away. To see Nicole work with such grace, strength and beauty as she labored inspired me and encouraged me. The temporary discomfort of the first trimester was going to be worth it.
Nicole wanted her husband to catch her baby, and so once she got into the tub, Kathryn prepared him to welcome his daughter into the world. I love seeing how midwives are able to give families the space they want and need, while still providing excellent care. Baby Salem came quickly and peacefully - right into her parent's hands and arms. The joy that filled the room was palpable. I drove home that evening feeling tired but incredibly blessed to see such beauty and strength time and time again.