Birmingham, MI Birth Photographer
Jennifer Kohl Photography
Way back in February I had the honor and pleasure of witnessing Samuel make his appearance into this world! What a beautiful, morning (and into the afternoon) it was. Childbirth is truly miraculous. I’ve been fortunate enough to be welcome into some delivery rooms these last few years, and each time is so different and special. I truly can’t think of a more amazing life experience. To get to capture the raw emotions leading up to and right after welcoming a child is one of the most special experiences of my life.
Super Bowl Sunday is when I got the text from Jill that things might be starting up! I checked my phone all night hoping to see some news. I woke up and texted Jill’s husband again and they had been walking the hospital alllll night. So I headed over around 9am as they had just been admitted. Jill’s previous two children were natural births and Beaumont Hospital just added on the Karmanos Center for Natural Birth. It’s incredible, like a spa!
Jill’s doula was on her way and I chatted with Jill and her husband Mike between contractions. The doula arrived and set up some nice music and essential oils. Seriously, smelled like a spa. Now, I’m pretty sure I wasn’t alone when I was assuming this birth would go rather quickly. She had labored, (walking the hospital all night) and this was her third birth. But time ticked on, and contractions came closer and closer, but slower than expected. But through the entire morning, between contractions, Jill was happy. Laughter filled the room. It was, dare I say…fun!
One of my favorite parts of the day was when we decided it was time for some Bruno Mars music, instead of spa music. Dance party time to get that baby moving! Finally things kicked into gear and Jill was ready to push. For all that waiting Sammy made us do, he sure was in a hurry to come out quick! One looooong push! We later found out his hand was by his face and that was likely what made the labor longer than anticipated. Sammy had finally arrived and looked identical to his older brother!
What an absolute joy to be there to meet Sammy, witness his story and first breaths. I’m so grateful to his parents for welcoming me into their story. Jill, you are so strong and make labor look easy! 😉
Jennifer Kohl Photography specializes in Newborn, Baby, Family, Lifestyle, Birth and Senior Portrait Photography in Birmingham, MI and surrounding areas including but not limited to Detroit