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

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

I love all of my birth clients, I do, but this girl I love like a sister. We talk nearly everyday. She knows parts of me that no one else does and loves me regardless. Outside of my family, she is my biggest cheerleader, butt kicker, and all around touchstone for advice whenever I call. I truly don't know who I would be, or where I would be if not for her friendship. So you can imagine the overflow of emotions watching your best friend become a mom. I've been blessed to be present at both of her deliveries, first with the birth of her twin boys, and now with precious Maeve. And oh how I adore her babies...

Eliza, Mike.... (and of course Melissa, and the nursing staff at St. Francis), you guys rocked this natural labor. I know they always say you don't get a medal for delivering without medication, but I nearly went out and bought Eliza one. If it weren't for sweet Maeve's epic first poo after delivery, she most definitely would've tipped the scales at 9+ pounds. 

Grab some tissues, you've been warned. Between Eliza's grace and strength, Mike's unwavering support for his bride, sweet Honey's reaction when she found out it was a girl, and of course the twins meeting their new sister... well it's a waterworks folks.

Eliza and Mike, thank you for everything. Thank you for allowing me to share that space with you. Thank you for letting me love your kids. Thank you for your friendship. And Mike, thanks for letting me steal her occasionally for girls nights and gin and tonics.

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

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

Just when I don't think I can be surprised by the labor process, or women in general, this lady right here finds a way. She walked around 6cm dilated, with her bag of waters bulging for nearly a week. We all knew that as soon as her water broke, things were going to go FAST. And they did! She handled her quick, intense, and medication free birth with such grace and determination. And what a team she had supporting her along the way. Her husband never left her side, and her mother's hands helped guide her newest grandchild earth-side. 

Miranda's mother is a past labor and delivery nurse, so watching her slip back into that familiar role, except this time with her own daughter was something to behold. 

Big brother was also smitten with his new best friend, and made sure to get in on the snuggles too.

The wonderful providers and staff and St. Francis continue to raise the bar for maternal and fetal care, and I thank them for their continued kindness towards me, allowing me to capture these memories for my clients. 

 

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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 Photographer | Birth | Ker-Fox Photography | Liam

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

After a birth photo goes globally viral, to the point Lil Wayne even shares it, it kind of makes it harder to start the thought process on writing their blog. What a whirlwind birth and what a rollercoaster experience of the longest viral run any of my work has had. Dara and Eric were champs, as it's no easy task dealing with media requests and internet trolls. I couldn't think of two better people to share and walk out that experience with.

Obviously Dara's expression of finding out it was a boy takes the cake, but the expressions of her husband and his doting support, the care and affection of the midwives, the shared excitement of her best friend being her nurse for the birth, the shock and adoration of the grandparents, and last but certainly not least their precious daughter smitten with her new best friend... well all of that makes for one heck of a birth story.

It's been an honor being by her side for both of her births, and it's an honor to call her my friend!

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