A Tribute to C-Section Mothers

One of my birth images was recently published in a ‘First Meeting’ feature published by Kidspot. The feature only covered natural births.  The response to the post was very positive, but I could not help but notice a sadness amongst some of the moms not fortunate enough to have experience natural birth.  A sadness I, as a three x C-Section one x failed VBAC mom can emphasize with.  I too once felt those pangs of regret, but doing what I do I’ve also learned that how you become a parent is far less important than becoming one.

So to all the C-Section mothers out there:

Whether chosen or pushed into; whether it was necessary for medical reasons or whether you just elected it for personal reasons; whether you feel heartbroken that you did not experience natural birth or whether how you gave birth is not important to you; whether you experienced a gentle C-Section or a scary one – nothing can make meeting your child for the first time less special. Because how you became someone’s parent is far less important than the fact that you did.

Do I wish all woman could have beautiful natural births? Yes, wholeheartedly so – I’ve seen few things that can be as empowering, or the lack thereof mourned so deeply, but I have also seen breathtaking C-sections, I have been grateful for the option in emergency situations and I have learned, first hand, that in the end love does conquer all.

For more on shaping your first or next maternal and birth experience visit Maternal Choice.

To end this post off – some breathtaking C-Section birth photo’s. Thank you to the relevant hospitals and birth professionals for working with SABPA (the South African Birth Photographers Association) to give me special theater privileges and by doing so allowing me to capture these incredible moments.   But most  importantly thank you to my birth clients for allowing me to share your incredible, miracles and memories of a first breath that I know has been etched into each of your hearts.  You are tigers and you wear the stripes to prove it.

Interesting: Did you know that some woman find birth photography to be very healing in C-Section situations as it allows them to see that first moment albeit after the fact – something they often miss out on lying flat on their backs.

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BIRTH Magazine – Sharing Maternal Memories

Maternity. Birth. Newborn. South Africa.  I’m so proud to announce the first edition of BIRTH, a seasonal maternal photo journal by Love Alda Maternal & Family Photography.  This magazine is all about capturing and sharing some of the beautiful maternal memories being created daily across South Africa.  It is a platform to tell our stories of love and meet some of the people that support us in our first wobbly steps to parenthood.

In this Autumn / Winter edition learn more about birth photography and why more and more parents are opting to have their birth stories captured by a professional birth photographer.  Learn how to select your birth photographer.  You also get to meet Dr. Jacky Searle and Midwife Sandy Standish.  There’s a beautiful nursery feature and a natural, water birth photo feature.

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For your future FREE online edition of BIRTH make sure you click on ‘Follow’ once you’ve opened the electronic version.  You can also stand a chance to win monthly prize. Hard copies of BIRTH is also available at selected maternal health care offices across the Western Cape.  For feature or advertising consideration email [email protected]

Your Nursery Featured in a Magazine!

I still remember getting my first nursery ready – the time, love and care that went into it and sometimes just spending some quiet time in it – waiting with anticipation!  I also remember feeling very sad when my 3 year old son told me he was too big for his baby room and wanted something with bugs.  My heart literally sank as I covered the beautiful cream and pastels with a forest green.  In hindsight I wish I had taken more photo’s of that first nursery – it was beautiful.

I’m therefore offering my Love Alda clients and fans the opportunity to get their nursery photographed and featured in BIRTH.  Memre van Heerden’s nursery is in the autumn / winter 2014 edition and if you think your nursery will make others weak at the knees I encourage you to follow BIRTH for tips and ideas and contact me at [email protected]

A FREE mini nursery shoot (to be included in your final birth story) is now also offered to all my new birth photography clients!

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And Then They Were Three

I’ve known Charlotte since her intern days as a marketing executive.  Back then she and Matthew were still dating, but we all knew that one day this special couple would get married.  They did – and my husband and I were there to witness this special occasion.

Fast forward a couple of years: Today Charlotte is a mom.  We don’t see each other that often anymore, but it was so special to follow Charlotte’s journey from a tiny little growing bump to finally meeting their beautiful little girl and falling in love with her on a daily basis via facebook.

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I finally got to meet her little princess when I did their family shoot for them a couple of months ago.  The couple that met me at the park were the same young couple from years back, and yet they were different.  They had a beautiful maternal glow.

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Studio Newborn Photography – What to expect

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I love natural light and minimal styling when it comes to newborn photography, but that is not to say that I do not do styled, studio work.  In fact, I would not be true to my own ‘inner princess’ if I didn’t admit that doing a styled, studio shoot like this one every so often is LOADS of fun! Playing ‘dress-up’ is however hard work – so here’s some pointers as to what to expect at and prepare for your newborn session (whether on location or in studio):

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Natural Water Birth | At Home: Meeting Beth

I was not yet on standby for Michele and Raymond Kroger and on my way to a kids birthday party with my own little munchkins, when the call came through from Lana, the doula – Michi was in labour.  Thinking I could steal a couple of moments with the camera at the birthday party, I had my camera bag in the back of the car (but not my ‘birth photography bag’ – which I will do a separate blog on).  This is the story of Meeting Beth on that rainy Saturday afternoon as told by Raymond (original source Your Pregnancy Feb/March 2014, photography Love Alda Maternal & Family Photography).

 All images and content shared with parents’ permission and family friendly.

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