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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 Birth Photographer | Ker-Fox Photography | Charlie

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

The longer I do this, the more repeat clients I have... and this precious momma has had two very important firsts for me as a birth photographer. Her first baby was my first family centered csection, and this baby was my first csection with the use of a clear drape. I witnessed both births completely change the perception of birth for this mom and dad. The family centered csection created that physical immediacy, dad was able to cut the cord, mom instantly cradled her baby within her arms. And this birth, with the clear drape... it gave mom the visual of seeing her baby born. It removed that barrier, that mystery of birth happening to you. She lifted her head, looked past her tummy, and saw her child being birthed. No she didn't see anything she didn't want to, neither did dad, they simply watched their child come into this world, and truly there's nothing more amazing. My heart is encouraged and humbled to have been a front seat witness to the changes and choices that are being made available to these families. I'm so proud of our community!

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