Sacramento, Home Birth, Photography, Sacramento Birth Photographer, Sacramento Birth, Birth PhotographyAs a Sacramento home birth photographer, I am happy to say I have never missed a birth.  Well, let me rephrase that.  I HAD never missed a birth.  Not before handsome Mr. Arlo up there.  His birth was one that just sort of came out of no where.  His beautiful mama and I had been texting all day.  She wasn’t sure she was in active labor, and thought it would be a while before Arlo arrived.  Being this was her fourth baby, I believed her.  As day turned into night we kept texting.  “Should I come over?” I asked.  “No.  It’s going to be HOURS!” she texted back.  I settled down on my sofa for a cat nap.  As I pulled the blanket up over my legs the thought that I needed to get up RIGHT NOW and go to Janelle kept washing over me like a wave.  I foolishly pushed it aside and tried to get a few minutes of sleep.  This was going to be a long night.  About an hour later a text came from Janelle’s husband, Mac.  “It’s go time.”  I jumped off the sofa and into the car that was already packed with my gear and raced to their house.  I was SO excited to meet this baby.  Janelle and Mac decided not to find out the sex of baby, but we all thought it was boy.  I couldn’t wait to find out for sure. I arrived in much better time than I thought I would and walked in the front door.  Mac looked up smiling as he and the midwives mopped up the floor in the dining room.  Had the birthing tub sprung a leak?  What was going on?  “They are in there!” Mac said with a big smile.  I saw two midwives and one husband.  “THEY?” I asked.  “Yup, get in there and meet Arlo.”  In the 30 minutes from receiving the text to arriving at the door Arlo had made his way into the world – without the midwives OR the photographer.  He was caught by his dad in the middle of the dinning room floor as a very surprised mama gave birth.  I highly recommend reading Janelle’s account of Arlo’s magnificent birth. Actually, I just highly recommend reading everything Janelle has written, ever.  She is pretty amazing and I am so very happy to call her my friend.  And so, I missed my first birth.  But all was just as it should have been.  I spent the next several hours watching the beginning of a beautiful life, and for that I cannot be more grateful.

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      These pictures of Mac holding his son for the first time while NOT attatched to an umbilical cord are kind of the most amazing things ever.  I just love this family to pieces!

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      Janelle and Mac I can’t thank you enough for giving me the gift of being there to witness Arlo’s first few hours.  I adore you so very much. XOXO!

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