the importance of having a village. the birth of Isla

DISCLAIMER – The following sequence of images documents a live birth. 
If you continue to view this post you will inevitably see some photographs of a baby being born.

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I felt an instant connection with Yarrow at our first midwife appointment at Ocean Grove Midwifery Care. I was pregnant with Alistair and excited and terrified and emotional. She made me feel safe and so well cared for and she was going to do everything in her power to give me the home birth I had hoped for. During my pregnancy, I lost my mom and I was devastated. Yarrow became more than my midwife… she became my friend, my family. With Yarrow and Sheila by my side, we met our baby in our home. Crazy and amazing.

When I found out Yarrow was pregnant, my heart literally burst! I was beyond happy that she asked me to photograph her baby’s story, pregnancy/birth/newborn. The stars aligned and shortly (a couple hours) after arriving home from a family trip, I received a call from Yarrow that she was in labour!!! WHAT?! I tried not to pace, hesitated on going to get groceries and soon got the word to come to the house. This was going to be the first birth I was to attend after my own birth and I was feeling quite teary on my drive over. I remembered Yarrow telling me there were going to be a few people to help, but had no idea the village of support I was about to be a part of. Husband, midwives, parents, friends… even her young son, it was more than incredible. There were words of encouragement, cool cloths applied, reminders for slow breaths, sips of water, helping hands, heartbeat checking, smiles, laughter and tears. A family. Her village.

Watching your friend go through the pains and calm moments of labour followed by the intense joy of meeting their baby is indescribable. Thank-you Yarrow, for allowing me to document such a beautiful birth story and for allowing me to share. Love you. 

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May 24, 2015 - 6:13 am

Amy - Wow!!! What a beautiful journey! Congrats on your little one. The pics are so incredible!! Makes me almost want another..just so I can have the same experience : )

March 4, 2015 - 12:21 pm

Esther - Oh my god, I was sobbing by the end of this series. Felt like I was right back at my own births – but viewing from the outside, as my husband and mother would have experienced it. What incredible shots and an incredible birthing woman. Thank you so much for sharing these – they gave me new insight into one of the most significant experiences of my life.

February 2, 2015 - 1:51 am

jennifer armstrong - Life’s most precious moments. Captured with such grace & honesty. Love & beauty & strength in every moment, in every frame. xoxo

February 1, 2015 - 4:44 am

Chelsey - So much love and support for Yarrow~ Great job Mamma. And pure honest lovely photos of such an amazing beautiful time. Nice job Nycky-Jay… Also, that is one of the happiest and proudest Daddies I’ve ever seen!!

February 1, 2015 - 12:59 am

Heather - So beautifully captured. Such inspirations, both Yarrow and Nycky. LOVE. So many (happy) tears as I look through. Feeling all the feels!

February 1, 2015 - 12:03 am

meghan - Wow, what you have created to show the world for the birth of Lisa is truly amazing. It’s incredible and you are honestly an artist. Thank you for sharing.

Meghan

January 31, 2015 - 11:38 pm

Michele PilonPayne - Yarrow, what a beautiful story. You worked hard, look amazing and have a beautiful family! congrats <3

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