Meeting SA’s Birth Professionals: Gynaecologist & Obstetrician Jacky Searle

As a Cape Town-based birth photographer and chair person of the South African Birth Photographers Association, I get to work or meet with some of South Africa’s best birth professionals.  Dr. Jacky Searle is one of them.  She’s a mother of two and successful practice at Vincent Pallotti Hospital.

Article was originally published in BIRTH magazine.

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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.

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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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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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Fearfully-Made

I’ve been wanting to do a bird’s nest newborn shoot for a while now. However, I could not find a suitable ‘nest’.  I wanted something different to the typical ‘studio prop’ shoot – something more organic and natural. Something special. So I decided to make my own nest.  Today I got to try it out and I couldn’t have picked a more perfect subject for it (a little boy called Hendrik).

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Golden Hour Maternity Session

It was a ‘golden hour’ shoot in more than one way.  Not only did we have a beautiful sunset to work with, but it was also the last warm days of a fading summer and Lene and Gerhard were in the home stretch of their pregnancy.  I loved everything about this session.  The couple. The light. The location. The memories this couple would share for years to come.

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Newborn Photography | Fynbos Fairy

Grown in Cape Town – that is the beautiful fynbos fairy from today’s newborn shoot and the protea she’s clutching!  I’m proudly South African, as well as Capetonian so styling this session was right up my alley.  I prefer natural light on a newborn’s skin which is probably why I tend to do more on location work than studio work (but I do studio work from time to time).  I like to keep my styling as natural and simple as possible and love working with textures.

I can’t write this blog without mentioning the family dog who decided to join the family for this session. What a sweetheart!  Here’s to not forgetting our four-legged friends in the euphoria of bringing home a new baby!  And here’s to Cape Town, protea’s and this beautiful fynbos fairy!

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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).

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