A while ago I had the honour to capture my first birth. As many of you already know, this has been a dream of mine for a very long time, and I feel so humbled being allowed in to such a sacred moment in life.
When you have a dream, when you really want something, you have to try to make it happen, to find solutions were other might think it is impossible. When this mom contacted me about capturing her birth, I was on holiday approximately 1700 kilometers away. But after talking to her on the phone, and feeling that we had a good connection, I knew I wanted to make this work. Since she was a first-time mom, we made a plan and hoped that the labour wouldn't be too fast, so that I could get there in time.
Several days after her due date I finally got a text late one night saying that the contractions had started. There was no flight that late in the night, so I just had to go to bed and try to get some sleep, which wasn't easy. In the morning I got a new text from dad saying that the mom was still in early labour. Normally I would like to arrive at the birth when mom is in active labour, but since early labour had lasted at least 12 hours already and it would take me several hours to get to the hospital, I booked my plane ticket and crossed my fingers that the baby wasn't in a rush to get out. Seven hours later, my plane landed and I was so nervous when I got off the plane and turned on my phone. Had I missed the birth? But no, the baby was still inside, so I took a taxi to the hospital and got to meet the soon to be parents.
The hours passed, and there was still no baby.
Late that night the baby started showing signs of distress, and pretty soon it was obvious that the baby needed to get out. So a few minutes later mom was on her way to the operating theatre, preparing for a Cesarean section.
Sometimes photographers are allowed in during a C-section, but then it is normally during a planned C-section and it has been approved beforehand. And still, even then, it can be difficult to be allowed in. So when this birth ended in a unplanned C-section, I thought that my chances were about zero, but the midwifes were very supportive and helpful and said that I should come with them and they would ask. So I again crossed my fingers and hoped for the best, and the surgeons actually allowed me in. However, I think they were afraid that I would faint, so they wanted me to stand behind the curtain, and it wasn't the time or the place to start arguing about that. I was just so happy to be allowed in there and to being able to capture this beautiful and precious moment when the parents got to see their baby for the first time.
I want to thank the parents for allowing me to capture this beautiful birth and for allowing me to share their images. I am forever grateful for your trust. I also want to give a big thank you to the midwifes, and also the surgeons, for allowing me to be there and being so positive and friendly.
"Når jeg så oppslaget til Maria på UNN angående fødselsfotografering syntes jeg det hørtes veldig spennende ut, men jeg var også litt i tvil på om dette var noe for meg. I fødsel er man tross alt i en sårbar situasjon, og jeg visste ikke hvordan jeg ville reagere med å ha en ekstra person på fødestuen, en fotograf tilogmed. Idag er jeg veldig glad for at vi tok valget om å ha fødselsfotograf. Vi sitter igjen med over hundre fantastiske bilder av fødselen til datteren vår. Bildene gjenspeiler virkelig følelsene vi opplevde underveis. Maria var ikke bare god å ha som fotograf, hun var også en god støtte som kom med oppmuntrende ord underveis når vi pratet. Hun var dyktig på å lese både meg og situasjonen, og det var godt å få noen positive samtaler. Når vi ikke snakket sammen merket jeg knapt at hun var i rommet. Hun er også veldig selvstendig, og når min fødsel til slutt endte med keisersnitt var det hun selv som ordnet med legene så hun fikk ta bilder på operasjonsstua, så jeg fikk bruke tiden til å konsentrere meg om meg og mitt. Vi er veldig fornøyd med kvaliteten på bildene, og at vi fikk både fargebilder og sort hvitt bilder. Vi liker Maria sin stil som fotograf, og hvordan hun klarer å fange de ekte øyeblikkene. Maria har klart å forevige hele fødselen fra start til slutt. Og når jeg fikk se bildene kom mange glemte minner tilbake. Det er nemlig ikke lett å huske alt når man er i en sin egen boble under fødsel, og derfor er jeg veldig glad for at hun var med oss."