When Adrienne, my best friend from college, announced her pregnancy, I was ecstatic and knew that I just had to be there for her. Though I am not a birth photographer, I wanted to capture this special time for her. Since most birth photographers post photos in black and white, I decided to blog these photos in B&W.
Adrienne and I first met in our first day of college at Founder’s Day at Vanderbilt University when we were eighteen. We bonded over crushes and cute boys. Over the years, we are still very close and keep touch over the phone and occasional visits to each other. When she married her husband, I attended her beautiful wedding and was so happy that she had found her true love. I was so happy to hear that she was expecting a little girl! I love everything pink and gifts for baby girls are so easy to find.
On Tuesday, August 30, 2016, Adrienne called me and let me know that she was heading to the hospital to be induced at 7pm. Though I was in St. Louis at the time, and she lives just outside of Louisville, Kentucky, I hopped in my car and drove the five-hours to the hospital. By the time that I arrived to the hospital, Adrienne was already in a room and was 5cm dilated with any induction medicine.
To help speed the process along, the nurses gave her a low dose of picotin. Adrienne tried very hard to labor naturally, but finally, around midnight, she decided she wanted an epidural. The epidural helped her tremendously. Baby Meredith was born around 3 am on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. Auntie Zoe cut the umbilical cord. It was my first time cutting a cord, and it was an amazing feeling.
Sweet Baby Meredith was 8 lbs, 14 oz. She is the most beautiful baby ever, and I love her so much already. She looks exactly like her mama! I can’t wait to get to know her and photograph her as she grows older.
I hope you love these photos as much as I do. It was my first try at birth photography!
I absolutely loved my experience as a birth photographer! If you’re interested in having me document your baby’s arrival, contact me for rates and more information!