Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Black Breastfeeding Week 2017| Bet on Black| Womens Birth and Wellness Center| Love at First Sight Photography & Doula Services

I was given the opportunity to document some beautiful mothers during black breastfeeding week celebration at Women's Birth and Wellness Center in Chapel Hill to help normalize black breastfeeding. Black infants have the highest mortality rates in our country, and yet many black women do not receive the support they need to breastfeed successfully. One of those challenges is visibility – most images of breastfeeding do not reflect a diverse population. I am hoping that by documenting these sweet mothers and babies we can help make a difference in our community. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Womens birth and wellness center in Chapel Hill North Carolina| North Carolina birth photography| Cord burning ceremony| Love at First Sight Photography & Doula Services

What a magical birth I was allowed to witness and document.

Did you do anything unusual or meaningful during your birth? This was my first time witnessing and also hearing about umbilical cord burning and I quickly became fascinated and eager to witness! The practice of cord burning is slow and peaceful. The flames gradually cauterizes the umbilical cord, which contains two arteries and a vein surrounded by protective Worton's jelly. 

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, cord burning also has been thought to have multiple positive effects on a newborn:
By heating the cord and driving the last of the blood through there you are giving a profoundly tonic treatment for the baby who has just run a marathon…. Cord burning reduces the risk of bleeding and entry of infections. You are warming digestion which will reduce the tendency for jaundice, besides just creating a strong baby which means a good nurser.” ~ Dr.  Joseph Kassal, ND (Source:

   Big sister got to witness and help welcome her new baby brother into the world with such excitement! 

Placenta and umbilical facts you may not of known!

  • The placenta functions as a gland, secreting important hormones during pregnancy.
  • The placenta is a multi-functional organ that acts as baby's lungs to supply oxygen, kidneys to filter out waste, and as gastrointestinal/immune system by delivering nutrients and antibodies to your baby
  • The placenta is the only disposable organ! It naturally expels itself when its purpose is fulfilled and during each pregnancy your body grows another to support each baby
  • Fetal cells can transfer to the mother through the placenta and can help target and heal injured areas inside the mother. WOW
  • The placenta works incredibly hard exchanging blood. Can you believe that every minute of your pregnancy almost 500ml (pint) of blood is sent to the uterus to exchange nutrients via the placenta! 
  • The placenta is part mom and part dad! When the sperm fertilizes the egg, the egg and sperm become a blastocyst which becomes the placenta and the baby. 
  • The placenta functions without direct control from the nervous system as the placenta does not contain any nerve cells. The placenta develops and functions with out being connected to you brain! 
  • The placenta helps in aid of starting breast milk. when the placenta separates it triggers the production of prolactin which is the hormone responsible for milk production. 
  • 35% of babies are born with the cord around their neck. 1% of cords have a true knot at birth.
  • The cord can serve as a back up oxygen supply if baby needs resuscitation after birth; another reason why delayed clamping is ideal! 
  • The cord is filled with a clear, gelatinous mucous called Whartons jelly, a substance that protects the internal arteries.
  • Most babies umbilical cords have three blood vessels; One vein, which brings nutrients from the placenta to baby, and two arteries that bring waste back to the placenta. The mother's blood never mixes with her baby's blood. 
  • The cord develops from the yolk sac which offers nutrients to the fetus before the placenta is functional enough to take over the job. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Milestone Birth Clients| Mr. L's 2nd Birthday| Love at First Sight Photography & Doula Services

Mr. L's 2nd Birthday Portraits

I remember like it was yesterday getting the call that she is in active labor and moving fast. Pull up to the hospital with a text that she is 10cm and pushing, run to the security station flashing my badge and walking in to him crowning. Wheww I made it!!!

Gosh where on earth has the time gone?! It cant be possible that you are two

 Overalls, no shirt and chucks.... This little guy has stolen my heart <3

Another little guy I have documented since birth. Slow down Mr. L and HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY!
"always remember you're braver than you believe stronger than you seem and smarter than you think" -winnie the pooh

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Baby n Company Cary| Baby+Co| North Carolina Birth Photography| Laboring Goddess| Love at First Sight Photography & Doula Services

Beautiful Water Birth at Baby+Company in Cary NC

Words cannot even begin to describe how powerful, empowering and purely beautiful this birth was to witness. I got a text message about 3:30am stating that contractions are steady and will be heading to the birthing center shortly to be checked. A short time later she said she deiced to come back home and labor as long as possible. A little before 8am i get a text that contractions are strong and water broke. At that time i knew it was game time. Jumped out of bed, got dressed, grabbed my gear and headed to the birth center, a quick/long 45 mins. As I walk into the room I can tell things have progressed very quickly, her doula Hannah gave me a signal that it was game time! I grabbed my camera out of the bag and didn't even get to place my flash before she started to push. Within a few short moments baby was born and in his mommas arms. 

The doulas from WomanWise doula collective have become my second family. Being able to be in the room with two of my colleagues, one birthing the other doulaing was beyond rewarding. Watching and experiencing your calm presence Hannah was beyond words and Candace you my dear are a birthing goddess! 

<3 Congratulations Candace and Daniel on your baby boy <3

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Essential Beginnings Labor Services

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Continuous presence of her doula

Doula giving positive words and presence

Midwife whispering in her ear slow breathing, baby is coming, reach down and grab your baby

That moment you realize he is here
Dads first touch
Look at all that 'birth'day frosting (Vernex)