I have known Jessica for quite a few years now. She was a client, turned intern, turned friend who helped me out occasionally (babysitting, running errands, etc.)
She has always wanted to be a mommy and had a couple of miscarriages and issues and just never had one come full term, until this last year.
Jessica was due May 1st and she emailed me about taking photos. She wanted a belly session (SPECIFICALLY with a silhouette), birth center birthing photos and then a newborn session of course. I don’t normally do birth photos, but agreed for her.
She started helping out around the studio to build up a credit so she could use that to buy whatever she wanted from her sessions.
She wasn’t due until May 1st, so we were going to do her maternity at the blueberry fields and maybe the beach on the 14th. So she left the studio on the 7th and we had a plan. That weekend, she started having high blood pressure issues and was admitted to Shands.
I had had both a hospital birth with my daughter and a birthing center birth with my son and she fell in love with the birthing center idea and booked the Birth Center of Jacksonville.
She didn’t get her water birth, nor her birth center birth, but Beth and Linda, her doulas showed up and stuck it out with her the whole time. Helping her to keep calm and relax.
I new that Jessica planned for this to be her only pregnancy and really wanted that silhouette shot, so I went to the hospital and did the best I could since she wasn’t allowed to get up because of the induction medicines.
It may not be perfect. It may not be dreamy and on the beach or in a field as we planned, but it is HER birth story. It tells their story. And for that, I’m happy I was able to run out there and grab it.
Some photos aren’t extremely flattering, but it’s birth, it’s stress, it’s hormones, it’s drugs, it is what it is, and all the emotions and non brushed hair that goes with it.
And here’s her boyfriend in the corner, on his phone. You can see a bit of her bed in the corner of the photo.
All the machines.
Jessica says: They took my unexpected circumstance and made it as comfortable and close to a birth center experience as possible. They helped me relax and breathe through it. They were beautiful.”
Lelon Eugene was born about 3 weeks early via Csection, at a whole 3lbs 5oz on April 11th at 10:06pm. He’s still in the hospital, but momma and baby boy are getting as much snuggles as they can, as evidenced by this photo Jessica posted to Facebook:
Thank you for letting me be a part of your birth story Jessica, even if it wasn’t exactly how you planned it! Can’t wait for the newborn photos!