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Columbus, GA Photographer | Birth | Ker-Fox Photography | Merritt M.

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Columbus, GA Photographer | Birth | Ker-Fox Photography | Merritt M.

The closest I've EVER come to missing a birth, was this one right here. Rachel was a scheduled c-section but sweet Merritt had decided she was to choose her own birthday. I got the call that Sunday just before lunch. Admittedly in my pajamas, no make up and doing laundry at home about 25 minutes from the hospital, when my phone rang and I heard Rachel's mom on the other end: Rachel's in labor, they're about to take her back, you're probably not going to make it. I've never run through the house, put close on and grabbed my camera bag so quickly in my life. By the grace of God I was on-call for her with my bags packed and ready, and my husband was home to watch the kids or I would've missed it for sure. (Insert sage wisdom of a seasoned birth photographer right here ---> this is why we charge the same thing for c-section births as labor clients, there are no guarantees that babies come on certain days).

I arrived at the hospital just knowing I wasn't going to make it, but the wonderful staff at St. Francis, my family/home away from home, had a nurse at the entrance of the waiting room ready with a set of scrubs for me. They rushed me back, I threw the scrubs on, unpacked my camera, and I kid you not as I put it around my neck they called Justin and I back into the OR. From the time I arrived to baby being born was less than 10 minutes. 

Rachel was grace under pressure the whole day... there were concerns in the hours leading up to the delivery, then sweet Merritt required a brief visit to the nursery for some extra help right after birth, and then Rachel experienced a rough patch as well when her epidural wore off precipitously. Her doctor, Dr. Stephens was phenomenal. He is always a calm voice, and a confident comforter. The whole day felt like a whirlwind for me, I can only imagine what it must've felt like for her and Justin. When the buzz of busy finally settled down, their precious twin boys (Their birth story can be seen HERE) came to snuggle and love their new sister. And as they tend to do, the bigs steal the show. 

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Columbus, GA Photographer | Birth Photography | Ker-Fox Photography | Martha Ruth

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Columbus, GA Photographer | Birth Photography | Ker-Fox Photography | Martha Ruth

This mom. Her husband. Their birth team. Everyone fought so hard for this precious momma. They pulled out all the stops to provide the delivery she had hoped and waited years for. Unfortunately, after all options were exhausted, and mom was rightfully exhausted.. sweet babe came into the world through her mom's tummy, and all was right in their world.

Jessica and Martin, you were such an amazing team. Jessica you are fierce (that word is so overused, but in this case totally necessary). YOU ARE FIERCE. You fought like a warrior through your labor, and then you faced the unknowns of surgery like a boss. I wanted to crawl in your recovery room with you and just hug you and tell you how proud I was of you. And Martin, my friend, you were her steadfast rock. If you were nervous you never let her see. You were a constant source of encouragement. And when sweet Martha Ruth needed some skin to skin while mom was in the OR, you gave her a warm place to wait for mom. 

And her team... Her OB Dr. McPherson, her amazing nurses Ashley and Leslie, and of course the baby crew of Dr. Cason, Dr. Taylor and her precious baby nurse, Melissa that I caught adoring Martha during her newborn exam, and Joelle who so sweetly helped daddy do skin to skin. She had the dream team. But then again, everyone at St. Francis comprises to make a dream team!

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Columbus, GA Birth Photographer | Ker-Fox Photography | Carter

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Columbus, GA Birth Photographer | Ker-Fox Photography | Carter

What better day to be born that New Years Day! Needless to say I started off my 2017 the best way possible, celebrating a new life!

This mom right here battled her unmedicated labor like boss. LIKE. A. BOSS. Her husband, by her side supporting her every need. Sweet Alexis pushed just shy of two hours, but she never once gave up. She would rest between each contraction and come back even more determined to meet her precious boy.  

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Columbus, GA Birth Photographer | Ker-Fox Photography | 2018 Birth Bookings

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Columbus, GA Birth Photographer | Ker-Fox Photography | 2018 Birth Bookings

NEW 2018 BOOKING INFORMATION:

As many of you may have heard I am taking a much needed sabbatical from birth this summer. It's been a long time coming. Since specializing in birth nearly 4 years ago, I've never had an extended time away. I felt this break was needed, and necessary to truly avoid a burnout from something I love so dearly. I desperately needed some self care time as well. There are surgeries I've put off that need to be addressed, and I'm SO looking forward to turning my phone off and living presently and spontaneously with my family. Needless to say, I'm pumped to start this time away.

BUT I am not leaving the birth industry. I think there has been some confusion, and rumblings around town and the internet that I'm done shooting births. That is not the case at all. A sabbatical simply means a break. I have booked a handful of births this Fall after my summer break, and plan on taking more on in 2018.

I'm writing this blog as moms are now finding out they are pregnant for 2018, and I'm getting questions and inquiries so I thought a blog post to clear the air of any confusion would be best.

My approach moving forward, to avoid burnout of on-call life, will be to have seasons of On-Call time. The taking two a month scenario, well, it never really seemed to be two a month. And the longer I do this, the more repeat clients I gain. Between April-May I had 8 moms in 8 weeks. 7 of those were repeat clients. That's double what I "say" I will take on in a month. Not to mention the 3 I took on in March, one of which wasn't even a client of mine, but rather me backing up another birth photographer. So the two a month is great in theory, but I often found myself overbooked.

So moving forward these will be my On-Call months, with a priority given to previous clients first:
February (2 slots available)
March (2 slots available)
April (2 slots available)
May (1 slot available)
June - August: OFF-CALL
September: (2 slots available)
October: (2 slots available)
November - January: OFF-CALL

If you find yourself expecting during my Off-Call time, it will be up to my discretion as to whether or not I will choose to take the session. Again, priority consideration will be given to past clients first.

During my Off-Call months I will be taking on Family Documentary Sessions, and Mentoring Sessions, with the possibility of quarterly mini-sessions.

I hope that this will allow a more healthy balance of On-Call life and family life. And I hope you all will stay along for the journey! Thank you to everyone for your love and support, and prayers as I've navigated this difficult journey of finding peace and balance as a wife, mother, and business owner!

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