San Francisco Bay Area Birth Photographer
On September 16th at 6:30am, I got the call. The call that I love to receive from my birth clients: baby is coming so you better get your gear together and come over. When I arrived, I was greeted by lots of smiles and excited faces– the midwife, her assistant, Rita, Nathan, and the five brothers and sisters awaiting to meet their newest sibling plus a few grandparents thrown in there.One of the many beautiful aspects of a home birth is that everyone can comfortably be around while waiting on babe. Rita decided to give a home birth, particularly a water birth, a try for her sixth baby.
Heather Groves, from Nine Months Midwifery, was there to make sure the birth went smoothly and to support Rita and Nathan in every way possible. What I especially love about this birth was that I got the opportunity to capture more of a “day in the life of” documentary style as well as a birth. With so many people present, it was so fun to have the variety of perspectives as they awaited Emet’s arrival. And so many memorable moments: a little boy gifting his mama a drawing of her in the water, sisters reading the same book together, a husband comforting his wife, a toddler head-over-heels in love with her new baby, and lots more reading. I hope you enjoy Emet’s story as much as I did documenting it.
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J. Swenson Photography specializes in newborn, baby, maternity, birth, and family photography in Dublin, Pleasanton, and Livermore, CA and surrounding areas including San Jose, Alamo, Los Gatos and the greater San Francisco Bay Area.