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columbus, ga birth photographer | ker-fox photography | jack

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columbus, ga birth photographer | ker-fox photography | jack

Just like our children can be SO different, so can our labors. This precious momma fought, and fought, and fought for hours. Epidurals not touching her back pain, due to sweet boy being in OP position. He just wasn't coming down to dilate her cervix. At one point the dreaded c-section word was mention.

At two separate times myself and her midwife prayed over her. And thanks to her well trained midwife, Melissa, who pulled out all of her bags of tricks, helped momma rock and open her hips when she herself couldn't. It was just the jostle babe needed to come on down. She was 9cm for hours, riding each painful wave with little to no relief from her epidural (due to baby's position).

Here is their story... in the end, the pain miraculously disappears, the fear washes away, and peace floods your heart.

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Columbus, GA Birth Photography | Ker-Fox Photography | Lanier

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Columbus, GA Birth Photography | Ker-Fox Photography | Lanier

Over the years of doing birth photography, and spending hours that have added up to days, that have added up to weeks, have blessed my soul with the time and opportunity to make friendships with some of the most amazing nurses. Sara Beth is one of them. If I was ever shooting a birth and she was the nurse, I knew my client was in good hands, and I knew I was as well. Two years ago, Sara Beth and I were pregnant at the same time. She was about 2 months ahead of me, and I remember watching her work on her feet those 12 hour shifts, 9 months pregnant and thinking what an amazing woman she was. There I was 2 months behind her, and barely keeping up! Not only is she a phenomenal nurse, but she's an even more amazing wife and mother. She and her family love the Lord and His light shines SO brightly in their lives. I'm thankful for this job for countless reasons, so adding another to the list, is becoming friends with this chick right here (and about 25 other flippin' fantastic women I could go on to list by name).

And dare I not forget to sing the praises of her precious husband, Matt! He was a champ! He was her ever steady, calm, and hands on partner. He loved and supported her emotionally. And as evident in the photos, he most definitely supported her physically, as he helped with lower back and hip compressions for hours. Melissa and Nicole, her midwives, and her nurse Patricia all doted on her, and quietly encouraged her through her journey to bring sweet Lanier earth-side. She was so beautifully supported through this labor, and the team that surrounded her, that covered her in love, was something to witness!

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Birth Photography | Columbus, GA | Ker-Fox Birth | Evie's Grand Entrance!

Every birth photographer fears not making it to the birth in time and missing the delivery. It's the things our nightmares are made of. It will happen, in my career I will miss a birth from a baby being born so quickly. But I never, in a million years, imagined I could nearly miss a birth while in the hospital's waiting room, a mere 50 yards from my sweet client's room. At 4 weeks postpartum myself, I was shooting my first birth after having my own baby and therefore needing to pump while at the hospital. Everyone was so understanding and gracious, even giving me a nice private room in the NICU to pump! Nolan's very kind family offered to buy me lunch and I obliged. And thankfully so! Had I not stayed to eat lunch with them I most definitely would've missed this birth. After eating lunch I decided I better return to Kelly's room and grab my pump for one last pumping session before things got moving. Upon returning to her room, I could clearly see she was in transition and in pain. The nurse checked her within seconds of me being in the room. Kelly was at 8cm. Mentally I thought I still had time to pump, bent down to get what I needed, before hearing a very distinct vocal range (to put things mildly). I turned around to realize the baby's head was crowning! Organized chaos ensued. Yelling for doctor, pleading with Kelly not to push... in comes the doctor. Cool, calm, and collected,  just in time to, quite literally, catch sweet Evie. Dr. E was amazing throughout the day. He had such a calm presence about him, even early on when Kelly thought her labor wasn't progressing. His quiet reassurance was quite encouraging. And even in what seemed like craziness, all of the nurses and medical staff handled the moment like seasoned pros. As photographers we have the pleasure of time-stamps on our photos... while editing, I looked back through these images leading up to delivery. From the time I stepped back into her room after lunch, to the time the baby was born was 3 minutes ladies and gentlemen. 3 MINUTES! She progressed from 8cm-10cm and baby born in 3 minutes.

Kelly was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. All natural, beautiful, powerful! She had been rocking along all morning to her hypnobirth audio, smiling, laughing, loving on her husband.

These two! I swear, I've never seen a support system quite like what Nolan provided his bride. And you guys, his expressions are PRICELESS!

Kelly and Nolan waited until delivery to find out what they were having. But their precious first born knew the whole time, he even named his unknown sibling "Penelope". When he entered the room to see his sister for the first time, Kelly and Nolan were worried he wouldn't accept this new name, specially considering she was, in fact, a girl. They said, this is your sister... her name is Evie. And precious Oliver didn't skip a beat. He looked at his sister with adoring eyes and simply said, "Hello Evie".

Not many times do I say this, and don't get me wrong Kelly and Ms. Evie are rockstars... But this time, I think the boys stole the show.

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