Nesta’s her birth story. A beautiful birth story photographed at Edinburgh Simpsons Maternity Unit
Back at the end of June we headed to Mull for our annual Summer holidays. Now it’s a firm rule that phones are switched off on holidays with the sporadic check of the emails being allowed. So when signal kindly appeared, I had a quick glance and one email caught my eye. It started with the subject ‘Birth Photography’ and I knew I had to reply.
Honestly photographing a birth had been on my bucket list for a good while. Not only was it an amazing experience for me but what a gift to give back. Let’s be honest I can’t remember much about my two births, only the after part when my babies were handed too me so seeing yourself transition from adulthood to parenthood is a huge deal and one worth capturing to looking back on.
After a couple of emails back and forth we arranged a date to meet up. It was really important for me that we met face to face, we needed to ‘click’, then needed to be comfortable with me and I with them. This wasn’t a decision to be taken lightly, this was big and things could (god forbid) go wrong, terribly wrong.
Week 42 came, 300 days pregnant, Mamma Taco was going to be induced.
When they arrived at the hospital they were surprised that labour had already started. Staying at the hospital until 10pm they headed home to try to get some rest, all the while Daddy Taco was keeping me up to date. We decided it was best that I headed up and stayed at their house, so I was there just incase. I arrived at 1130pm had a few hours sleep, when I had a knock on the door telling me it was time to head to the hospital.
We arrived at the hospital about 3am, where Mamma Taco was monitored for a few hours and then we all headed up to the labour ward.
At 5.45pm, after a long labour, little Nesta was born.
I won’t go into all the gory details as the pictures explain all.
Once I left I was in shock about what I had witnessed. Mamma Taco was amazing. Daddy Taco was amazing. Wee Taco was amazing and the Midwifery team were brilliant.
It brought my births flooding back to me. It’s changed me forever, empowered me and made me realise that I would love to be apart of someone else birth story too. So if any fo you out there are expecting and want to talk further then give me a shout!
A massive thank you to Victoria and Mark for allowing me to share this. Not only to you guys but for the journey I have been on with them. I mean that from the bottom of my heart.
On a final note – we as a species really rock, like seriously – we have amazing bodies that bake babies, how frigging cool?!!