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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 | 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 | Shepherd

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

This birth, this mom, this couple, this baby, this family... they are all so, so dear to my heart. If the Lord had a theme song for their love story, it would be the song I chose for their birth story. Lindsay and Nathan's love story was one of waiting, as was the birth of their much awaited son. 

"Lord, today You know what I need to do,
But You can do more in my waiting than in my doing I could do."

Sometimes it's easy to ask the Lord, "Why?" in our times of doubt. And waiting on the Lord, is one of life's most challenging tasks. But so far I've found, what's waiting on the other side are God's blessings... and they're always much more beautiful than anything I could do by myself. 

His timing is always perfect. 

Lindsay navigated her unmedicated and intervention free birth with such grace and strength. Lindsay delivered standing up, with her water breaking on its own at 10cm. Her son was then guided to her chest for skin to skin, and delayed cord clamping. It was glorious! I'm so proud of everyone in that room... Lindsay and Nate for their amazing teamwork and determination, the midwife for her steadfast confidence in the birthing process, and the nursing staff who supported this momma's birth the whole way through.

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