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Columbus, Ga Birth Photographer | Ker-Fox Photography| David

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Columbus, Ga Birth Photographer | Ker-Fox Photography| David

Giving birth in general is no easy feat. Giving birth unmedicated, during not one but two separate tornados is next level status. We knew bad weather was in the works for our area, unfortunately no one could have prepared our community and surrounding neighbors for what unfolded that day.

Becca was moved to three different locations during the birth of David, all at varying stages of labor. First you will see her laboring her her normal room, then she is moved to an interior hallway alongside the blue draped cart usually wheeled in just before pushing. She, Paul, and her midwife patiently strolled the halls until they were told even that wasn’t safe, and they were then placed into a small triage room. Becca progressed further. The all clear was announced and she was moved back to her labor room. We thought the worst of the bad weather was done for the day. Another hour passed, bringing Becca into transition. My heart dropped when the tornado siren went off, again. How in the world could they move her now, how would this effect her mental state this close to pushing? This time she was was moved to a different triage room, as the other was now occupied. This room, much smaller, would be the room she would welcome her sweet son into just minutes after settling into her new space. The lights flickered, the sound of generators could be heard coming on, portable lights were being brought into the room, cold washcloths and make shift fans helped cool her off without air conditioning. None of that mattered, she was laser focused on her son and her son alone. Even in the midst of organized chaos, everyone and everything worked like a well oiled machine. He was here safely, as was Becca.

As the excitement of the afternoon went from a roar to a whisper, the gravity of what went on outside the walls of the hospital came to light. Our hearts rejoiced at both the beauty of new life, and the grief of lives lost that day.

To the people of Beauregard, Alabama that lost their lives that day, you were in our hearts then, and you remain there today. As do the people of Columbus, Phenix City, Eufaula, Ellerslie and beyond who lost their homes and property.


 

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

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

Serendipity: The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

I wasn’t supposed to be able to shoot this birth. I already had THREE clients that month. But somehow, timing all worked out, and sweet Hudson was to be number FOUR. FOUR babies born within 7 days. Hudson, was one of two born within hours of each other. By the grace of God, both at the same hospital, mere rooms apart. One mom was 6 cm, when I was called into the OR with Tyson and Bekah. I managed to capture the entire birth, in what felt like a whirlwind. Upon returning to the recovering room, my other client was now 8cm and I waited anxiously for Bekah to get back into the room so I could at least grab some of her truly holding her son for the first time. They wheeled her in, handed her son to her and she and Tyson were one. All together, in one room, in one embrace. About that time I got the text that my other client was complete, so I rushed down the hallway for baby number two of the morning. In the organized chaos that was that morning, magic happened. Two different births, two different ways of coming into the world within minutes of each other, but at the heart of it all the same. Unconditional love. Families being made, and families growing.

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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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