There is a part of me that wants to tell you this story with words. I want to talk about this family's challenges, perseverance, and insurmountable amounts of love. I can't shake the idea that in doing that though, their story becomes a piece of a puzzle, of some greater thing, some bigger picture here on my website. When in all truthfulness, I am the piece of the puzzle, and this birth story is the bigger picture, the greater thing. Each one is unique, and stands wonderfully independent of my thoughts and influence here. I am so honored, over and over again, to document this family's journey and all family's that I am privileged to work with.
The one thing I will say, is to all women who are birthing their babies without their partner, whether they are deployed or otherwise - please see strength in this story. Please know that our community is here to lift you up and hold you with love. <3.
On the way to this birth, passing Brownsville Marina just before sunrise..
[Gear Info: All images captured on a 5DMarkiii with 24mm f/1.4 ii, 35mm f/1.4L ii, and 50mm f/1.2L. All images shot with available light.]
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Special thanks to Joella Pettigrew, DC, LM, CACCP of Innate Start Midwifery. Our families here in Kitsap are lucky to have you! A humongous thank you to Morgan Huges of The Flourishing Mother! You enrich our community in so many ways!! A loving and heartfelt thank you to Katlyn Carter (doula) of K4 Birth Services, watching you work with birthing women is inspiring! And last but not least, a big thank you to the wonderful Elizabeth Montez of Nourish PNW, for caring for sweet Owen during the birth, and for providing this family with love and support during the 4th trimester.