You might remember my sadness when I missed the birth of Baby Jax. Jax's mother is a good friend of mine who lives in Texas. She had always expressed her desire to have me photograph her birth, but unfortunately, it's quite difficult to be on hand the day baby decides to arrive when you live 1000 miles away. She ended up hiring a quite gifted birth photographer who took some really touching, lovely photos of her birth back in March.
Joy and I have a mutual friend named Bethany. Bethany and her husband, Blake, attended our church in San Antonio. Bethany had her first child at the same birth center that I used for Schroeder (see her first birth photos here). Blake recently took a job in Chicago which is a long way away from both Texas (where his family lives) and California (where her family lives). And SO they contacted me to ask if I would be interested in photographing the birth of their second child. YES! Absolutely! Please! So for the past few weeks I've been on alert, waiting for Bethany to call and say she is in labor. Some nights I went to bed thinking that if she were to call, I wouldn't be able to make it because I was so exhausted. But she went into labor on the perfect day and at the perfect hour (for me at least :)) and I was able to make the 3.5 hour drive in plenty of time to see baby born.
I'm a huge advocate for home births for women experiencing normal, healthy pregnancies. This birth was so beautiful. Bethany labored with such grace and she progressed easily. There little boy, Barak, toddled around the house until the last hour when things got more intense. But he came back soon after she arrived to meet his little sister. Bethany delivered sweet Brooke Michell without any complications. Here is her birth story in pictures.
Here she is in all her cuteness! Thanks to Bethany and Blake for allowing me to be there.