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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 | June

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

This time 3 years ago I was editing this little girl's big brother's birth. And now I'm sharing hers. The longer I do this, and the more repeat clients I get, it just adds extra sweetness to see my first timers coming back to become big siblings. James loves his June, and steals the show with his sweet hands loving on his baby sister.

And Courtney, well, she rocked this quick birth.... Just like no two kids are the same, no two births are the same. Things got real quickly after her water broke. Miss June was in a hurry to welcome the world with her smiles. Yes, she came out smiling, and making the most expressions I've ever seen a baby make in their first minutes of life. She is such a joy, and came into the world shining her happiness.

Jonathan, you were such a wonderful supportive husband! Taking care of your wife's every needs while still intermittently documenting it, in the perfect way that only you can. Thank you for sharing that space with me!

Thank you guys for asking me back into your lives again on such a special day. Thank you for trusting me with your memories!

These images were editing with my custom color presets that can be purchased HERE.

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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 photographers | ker-fox photography | elle

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columbus, ga birth photographers | ker-fox photography | elle

This has been a year of repeat clients, and a year of curveball births. It's also been a year of growth for me. Even after years of doing this and over a hundred births, I'm still learning how to better love my clients. I shot Hannah's first birth two years ago, for her son Moses, it couldn't have been more ideal. Epidural, laughing through contractions, happily present in the moment. Fast forward to this birth with Elle, and on the surface as a birth worker it also seemed ideal. From my perspective she got the birth she had fought for.... she labored unmedicated, it was quicker, it was more intense, but it was more vulnerable. What I didn't know, was that it was taking Hannah more time to process this birth. It was so different from her first... not better, not worse, just DIFFERENT. And with that comes a mixed bag of healing, accepting, and eventually loving this experience as well. I think it's impossible to go into your subsequent births without some level of expectations. I did the same thing with Alden's birth. I wanted immediate skin to skin and delayed cord clamping, but he had a double nuchal cord and came out purple and slow to respond. In that moment my expectations for "that moment" were gone, and it took time to process that, and admittedly grieve the loss of my ideal birth, specially since he was our last. I say all this because what may seem ideal to us as birth workers on the surface, our clients may need more time and space to process the experience.

Over time, and many conversations, Hannah and I navigated this 4th trimester of emotions and processing together. And for that I am so grateful. With a few tweaks, we got the story to a place that they now LOVE. And I couldn't be happier. Because ultimately, that is my goal, not just to give you photos, but to make you feel loved. To make you feel supported. To make you feel heard.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I have fallen in love with this birth story. 

Hannah and Luke, I love you both... thank you for the gift of such biblical friendship. Filled with grace and understanding!

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