Earlier this year I was so excited to share in such a beautiful birth story. It started in the fall when I met everyone. This was to be my first surrogate family capturing a live birth and we were all very excited about the journey ahead. As this little angle was to be born in BC, her Dad’s wanted to have some maternity photos captured in the place she was born, so what better than on a fall day to head into Maple Ridge and find some water, forrest and mountains.
It seemed like no time at all before they were back in town and ready for her arrival! After only a few days of being back in BC, I got the call… we were all sure it sounded like labour and rushed into the hospital. After all of us spent countless steps going up and down stairs to try and keep labour progressing… it was best we just waited. It was a few days later that this time was it… she was on her way with great hope that she would be able to be delivered naturally. Several long hours of labour and a whole lot of oxytocin to get to the next stage, it was decided the best thing would be to go to the OR.
We had already suspected this might happen and had asked the staff if I were to be able to come in and photograph – but were told no, there were already going to be two Dad’s in there… too many people. I followed everyone down the hall as far as I could go and waited outside the operating room doors. To my surprise, our nurse came out quickly and said “hurry… go find some scrubs and you can come in!!” In a flash, I was back and ready!
What an honour to be present during something so life changing, so precious and magical. The love, the bond is instant and they are now a family of 3.
Welcome little Henrietta!!!