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Birth Story: Magnus Mateo | Berkeley Birth Photography | Pacifica Family Maternity Center Berkeley CA

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”  – Ghandi

I was more than a bit excited when Ngan and Jerry contacted me about covering their birth at the Pacifica Family Maternity Center in Berkeley. They are the type of people who instantly make you feel comfortable– just so genuine and sweet. We did their beautiful maternity session several weeks before the actual birth day of their little one. The morning of their birth, I rushed out of the house around early morning traffic time to drive over to the birth center. Ngan’s labor was progressing rapidly and I was worried this little one would make it out before me!! And being stuck in traffic while trying to stay cool is tough under normal circumstances.;)But I made it!! Ngan labored so amazingly and just had this beautiful strength about her during the entire process. The labor progressed quickly to fully dilated and Ngan transitioned to pushing very quickly upon my arrival. After several long hours of strong and tireless pushing, this sweet babe just was not engaging down. After much thought and consideration, the midwives transferred the team to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, only a few blocks from where the birth center sits. Baby and Mama were still doing great, but quite tired from the long labor. Knowing that every avenue was exhausted, the doctors elected to perform a c-section, and sweet baby Magnus was welcomed at 5:19pm.

Even though this birth did not go according to the plan, it was amazing to witness the utter support than Ngan received from the midwives and hospital staff, most but especially– Jerry. He was by her side every step of the way as you’ll see in their video. And just to see her utter strength and will– it was truly a beautiful thing. And, of course, little Magnus with his head of hair and sweet face. Everyone was so tired, but so excited by his healthy presence. And I’m grateful to have captured their experience. To re-tell their story so they could process, re-live, and remember what a wild day that was and what a precious gift they so desperately earned through that journey together. Enjoy their story– it is truly one worth re-telling.

{attention: birth related nudity is included in this video. while not graphic in nature, it depicts many aspects of birth in its true nature and may not be comfortable to everyone.}

And stay tuned for more of Magnus!! His newborn session will be coming soon!

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J. Swenson Photography specializes in newborn, baby, maternity, birth, and family photography in Pleasanton, and Livermore, CA and surrounding areas including Walnut Creek, San Jose, Alamo, Berkeley, and the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

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