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Jordyn and her husband Jonathan were planning a home birth for their second baby, due mid January this year. Jordyn is not only a friend and yoga student of mine, but also happens to be an amazing birth doula in her own right. And as we neared her guess date, and days of start-stop contractions came and went, this mama kept her cool. We’d have fun conversations about how amazing women’s bodies are, and how so much of birth is such a mystery. But when I got the text from her early Monday morning around 6am that contractions had started up again, this time it felt like things were getting serious. Another text at 830am that the midwives were on their way to check on her, and I started getting ready to go. When I got the text around 10am from someone using Jordyn’s phone that she was 7cm and contractions every few minutes, I was out the door in no time! 
As soon as I arrived I could hear Jordyn working hard. I ran upstairs and found her in the birth tub, surrounded by her husband, Jonathan, and her three midwives from Midwifery Traditions. Through every wave of intensity, Jordyn’s birth team gave her calm and loving support. After working for a while in the tub, Jordyn moved to labor in the bathroom with her doula, Joy. Watching these two women, these two doulas, these two mothers, working together to get through each contraction was so beautiful to witness. 
Finally, Jordyn was ready to move to the bedroom to finish bringing her baby earthside. Midwife Kathy got on the bed with her, and gave so much strength and comfort to Jordyn through the most intense moments of her delivery. Later, Jordyn commented that she must have been pushing for at least 2 hours, but in reality it was only about 20 minutes, and she did an incredible job. Just as the head was crowning, Jonathan came around to catch. As he held his baby’s head, he told his wife that he felt the little cheeks and chin, and it gave Jordyn the last bit of strength she needed to bring her new son out and into the world. All 10lbs, 2ozs of him! Jordyn’s first birth had been a home birth transfer, and as she and Jonathan lay in bed with their new son, she took a moment to celebrate that she had gotten the home birth she had hoped for. It was such an honor for me to be a part of this birth team of women who encircled this new little family of four with so much love and support.It would be an honor to document your little one’s birth day. If you’d like to chat with Rachel about capturing your baby’s birth story, please be in touch.

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Rachel Utain-Evans is a Philadelphia, PA photographer specializing in natural, loving, joyful newborn, maternity, family, breastfeeding and birth photography. Serving the Greater Philadelphia area. 

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A birth story can start any number of ways, and this one starts with one of the most amazing, loving, supportive couples I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I actually met Chita in my prenatal yoga class, and had unknowingly already connected with her wife, Yana, over our shared passion for birth photography. Isn’t Philly great that way! Yana and Chita are also amazing wedding photographers in their own rite, and I was so excited when they asked me to document their baby’s birth story. 

Chita started having prodromal labor the Sunday before she would be 42 weeks. Yana and I kept in touch over the next few days as we all waited for early labor to set in, and on Wednesday I got the call to head to the birth center at Lifecycle WomanCare. Contractions were 4-5 minutes apart, and these mamas were understandably excited to be finally getting closer to meeting their baby. Once there, the midwives confirmed that labor was progressing and baby was doing great, so Yana and Chita settled in to the work ahead of them. Over the rest of the day, the beautiful connection between these two women was so inspiring to watch. Using their skills from Hypnobabies class, they tirelessly worked through every contraction/wave, laughing and resting together in between each round of effort.

Both sets of grandparents stopped in to contribute their love and support for their daughters, and even made a run to Wawa for us to bring in lunch. Throughout the day, the midwife and nurse came in to check on baby and offer suggestions of ways to help labor move along. As evening settled in, contractions started slowing down. After trying a few more tricks and discussing the situation with the midwife, they made the difficult decision to transfer to the hospital, just about 14 hours after checking in at the birth center.

We packed everything up and drove over to Bryn Mawr Hospital in the light snow that had just started to fall. While waiting in preparation for an epidural, baby’s heart rate began to drop with each contraction. The staff calmly explained what was happening, and tried a few things in hopes that baby would do better. When things didn’t improve it was decided that they were to have a c-section. Yana waited anxiously for them to reunite her with Chita in the OR, and not long after we heard baby Zoya’s wonderful first cries. Yana got to have skin to skin with their beautiful new daughter while Chita’s surgery completed. Zoya had no trouble latching on and was able to breastfeed happily snuggled in with her new mamas. As they wheeled everyone to recovery, all four grandparents came running down the hall to embrace them, so relieved and overjoyed to see their daughters and granddaughter together as a family at last.

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daughter, Philadelphia PA birth story photographerPINIMAGEPregnant mom and her wife support each other through contractions at birth center in labor to meet their daughter, Philadelphia PA birth story photographyPINIMAGEPregnant mom is examined by midwife at birth center while wife supports and comforts her, Philadelphia PA birth story photographerPINIMAGEGrandparents quietly enter the room while their daughters labor together to birth their baby girl, Philadelphia PA birth story photographPINIMAGEPregnant mom has a contraction in between bites of her sandwich for lunch, Philadelphia PA birth story photographPINIMAGEPregnant momPINIMAGEPregnant mama and her wife rest during labor at birth center, Philadelphia PA birth story photographPINIMAGEPregnant mom is examined by midwife at birth center and hear options from nurse while wife supports and comforts her, Philadelphia PA birth story photographerPINIMAGEPregnant woman gets comfort from her wife while being examined during labor at birth center, Philadelphia PA birth story photographerPINIMAGEPregnant woman gets comfort from her wife while midwife listens to babyPINIMAGEPregnant mom and her wife comfort each other during difficult labor to birth their baby girl, Philadelphia PA birth story photographPINIMAGEPregnant mother and her wife climb stairs to encourage contractions during labor at birth center, Philadelphia PA birth story photographPINIMAGEPregnant woman and her wife rest during labor at birth center, Philadelphia PA birth story photographerPINIMAGEPregnant woman is examined by midwife at birth center while wife supports and comforts her, Philadelphia PA birth story photographerPINIMAGEPregnant woman is examined by midwife at birth center while wife supports and comforts her, Philadelphia PA birth story photographPINIMAGEPregnant woman is comforted by her wife while midwife listens to babyPINIMAGEMidwives switch shifts during long labor at birth center, examine pregnant mom while wife supports her, Philadelphia PA birth story photographyPINIMAGEPregnant woman gets support from her wife after having her water broken at birth center, Philadelphia PA birth story photographyPINIMAGEPregnant woman gets support from her wife after having her water broken at birth center, Philadelphia PA birth story photographerPINIMAGEPregnant mom fills out forms with support of her wife after transferring to the hospital from birth center, Philadelphia PA birth story photographerPINIMAGEPregnant mom gets comfort and support of her wife after transferring to the hospital from birth center, Philadelphia PA birth story photographyPINIMAGEPregnant mom is wheeled out for a c-section, Philadelphia PA birth story photographerPINIMAGEPregnant momPINIMAGEPregnant mom has c-section and waits to meet her new baby girl, Philadelphia PA birth story photographerPINIMAGENewborn baby girl is delivered c-section and has umbilical cord cut by her mom, Philadelphia PA birth story photographerPINIMAGENew mom has skin to skin with newborn baby girl while her wife has c-section, Philadelphia PA birth story photographerPINIMAGENewborn baby girl has skin to skin with her mother after being born c-section, Philadelphia PA birth story photographerPINIMAGEBaby girl meets her moms and breastfeeds for the first time after long and difficult birth, Philadelphia PA birth story photographerPINIMAGEBaby girl meets her moms after long and difficult birth, Philadelphia PA birth story photographyPINIMAGEBaby girl smiles at her moms after long and difficult birth, Philadelphia PA birth story photographerPINIMAGETiny inky toes of newborn baby girl born c-section at the hospital, Philadelphia PA birth story photographerPINIMAGENewborn baby girl is examined after being born c-section at hospital, Philadelphia PA birth story photographyPINIMAGEMidwife shows new moms their baby girlPINIMAGEBaby girl meets one of her moms after being born at the hospital, Philadelphia PA birth story photographPINIMAGENew moms fall in love with their newborn baby girl after long difficult birth, Philadelphia PA birth story photographerPINIMAGEMom kiss and celebrate birth of their daughter after long labor, Philadelphia PA birth story photographerPINIMAGENew grandparents rejoice over birth of their granddaughter and celebrate with their daughters, Philadelphia PA birth story photographerPINIMAGEProud new moms take first family photo with newborn baby daughter, Philadelphia PA birth story photographerPINIMAGEWhere a birth story is going to end is anyone’s guess, that’s part of the magic of birth! Even though this birth day did not go “as planned”, these mamas brought their baby girl into the world with strength, bravery and love, and I was so proud to be there to witness it all. 

 

If you’d like to chat with Rachel about capturing your baby’s birth story, please be in touch.

 

Rachel Utain-Evans is a Philadelphia, PA photographer specializing in natural, loving, joyful newborn, maternity, family, breastfeeding and birth photography. Serving the Greater Philadelphia area. 

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A toddler is a special type of person, and if you’ve raised one you know exactly what I’m talking about. Starting to come into their own identity, exploring all of their boundaries and yours, and discovering so many amazing things at once that any moment might just be too much to handle. Nora was no exception. This amazing little woman has so much personality it’s almost hard to keep up, but that’s not surprising considering she has such wonderful parents.  Ben and Marissa invited me into their home when Nora was just a few weeks old to capture those moments of their new family with a newborn. And even though I’ve seen them many times since then, it’s still hard to believe that this tiny baby is now this spirited toddler!

The weather and the gorgeous Autumn sunlight were just perfect for portraits in Fitler Square. At first Nora was having a “toddler moment”, and started with little tears running down her cheeks, but quickly perked up when she realized we were going to be running around the park together. I made sure mom and dad had at least a brief quiet moment for a few photos of just the two of them, but Nora jumped right back in to steal the show again. When she was finished, she took Marissa’s hand and started leading us out of the park, and had a few more adorable faces for me before heading home.Toddler girl cries and nuzzles into her mom for comfort, Philadelphia PA family photographerPINIMAGEToddler girl is tickled, laughs, and runs away from daddy, Philadelphia PA family photographerPINIMAGEMom and dad tickle and laugh with toddler daughter in the beautiful autumn light, Philadelphia PA family photographerPINIMAGEDad tosses toddler daughter in the air as mom watches and they all laugh, Philadelphia PA family photographyPINIMAGEMom and dad pose for a group photo with toddler daughter, Philadelphia PA family photographyPINIMAGEMom and dad get a quiet moment to have their portrait taken in the gorgeous autumn sunlight, Philadelphia PA family photographerPINIMAGEMom, dad and toddler girl all laugh together in the beautiful autumn sunlight, Philadelphia PA family photographerPINIMAGEToddler girl snuggles up to her mama for comfort, Philadelphia PA family photographyPINIMAGEToddler girl looks right at the camera for a portrait and laughs with her daddy, Philadelphia PA family photographyPINIMAGEFamily of three walks out of the park together but toddler girl just wants to hold momPINIMAGEToddler girl is shy and clings to momPINIMAGEToddler girl holds mommyPINIMAGEToddler girl makes a funny face walking down the street with her mommy and daddy, Philadelphia PA family photographPINIMAGEI am so excited to watch Nora continue to grow and discover even more of her incredible personality. I have a feeling she’ll have some really interesting things to tell us once she gets a few more words!

If you would like for me to create beautiful photographs of this special time for your family, please be in touch, I can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Rachel Utain-Evans is a Philadelphia, PA photographer specializing in natural, loving, joyful newborn, maternity, family, breastfeeding and birth photography. Serving the Greater Philadelphia area.

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Being a pregnant mommy waiting for your next baby is a special experience. You’re excited to meet the newest little one to join your family, and probably spending a lot of time thinking about the children already in your life. That time before your second baby arrives is so special; you’re on the verge of a new family dynamic, and stopping to appreciate your family as it is now feels so important.

Sarah was just weeks away from meeting her new baby girl, but really wanted to take some time out to soak up her “big” girl, Abigail.  So we met up just before sunset. The shoes quickly came off so the girls could run around in the grass and play in that golden light that was just perfect for highlighting these girls’ gorgeous red hair. Grandma and grandpa are a special support for this strong mama, and they came along for the fun. Abigail clearly loves her grandparents so much, and the way they look at their daughter and granddaughter is so sweet and heartwarming. I was honored to capture these moments of this beautiful family just as they were ready to welcome their newest little member.
red head little girl in a blue dress in a green park, Philadelphia PA Family PhotographerPINIMAGElittle red head toddler girl gets a flower from her grandpa and a kiss from her grandma, Philadelphia PA Family PhotographerPINIMAGEred head little girl in blue dress hugs mommyPINIMAGEIs there anything more beautiful than a strong, pregnant mama…
Pregnant mama in black and white striped dress at sunset in a park, Philadelphia PA Maternity PhotographerPINIMAGELittle girl leads her pregnant mommy by the hand walking in a park at sunset, Philadelphia PA Family PhotographerPINIMAGEThis little miss just loved leading her mommy around. There is no doubt that she has a strong personality, I can just imagine her taking her new little sister by the hand and leading her the same way.
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Mom snuggles and kisses toddler daughter, Philadelphia PA Family PhotographerPINIMAGESleepy time didn’t last long though, as Abigail had more amazing personality to show off!
Mom laughs as toddler makes funny faces, snuggles and kisses daughter, Philadelphia PA Family PhotographerPINIMAGEPregnant mom walks with toddler daughter walking through a park at sunset, Philadelphia PA Maternity PhotographyPINIMAGEThere’s just something irresistible about gorgeous baby bellies and sweet little toes.
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Sarah and Abigail are such strong, beautiful souls, and this newest little women is so lucky to be entering a family so full of warmth and love.

If you would like for me to create beautiful photographs of this special time for your family, please be in touch, I can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Rachel Utain-Evans is a Philadelphia, PA photographer specializing in natural, loving, joyful newborn, maternity, family, breastfeeding and birth photography. Serving the Greater Philadelphia area.

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When Stacey and I first spoke about photographing her VBAC birth at Pennsylvania Hospital, she admitted that she had one big hesitation. With her first pregnancy, she had an unplanned c-section after a very long, difficult labor. She was worried that if this birth ended in a repeat c-section she would be so upset that she wouldn’t want any photos of it. My heart went out to her, and I shared my own first birth story with her, how disappointed I was that it hadn’t gone as I’d hoped. It took me several years to process my first birth experience and I truly believe that if I’d had a photographer there, to capture what my birth looked like beyond my own perspective, who was in the room with me, what my husband’s face looked like when our daughter was finally born… I think that it would have helped me process and move on much sooner. I so wanted that for Stacey this time, and told her that no matter how her birth ended, whether in a VBAC or another surgery, that it was still her birth, still the culmination of her hard work. You can imagine how excited and honored I was that she and Brian decided that they did want me to be there to witness and record the beautiful story of their second son coming into the world.

Fast forward a few months, June 27th, the day before Stacey’s estimated due date. I get a text from her around 10pm that she’d been having regular, intense contractions. I checked in with her doula, Heather, who happens to be a mommy-friend of mine from when our first babies were little. Heather works with another doula, and this was her last night on call before her partner was going to take over, so it looked like we were going to get our wish of being at a birth together! I decided to rest (aka lying in bed awake too excited to sleep) until I got word from Heather that they were heading to the hospital, and met them there around 130am. Stacey was laboring like a champ, and stopped to have a contraction right outside the entrance while Brian parked the car. It turned out to be a really busy night on the labor and delivery floor, so we walked the halls for a while waiting for a room to open up. Stacey, Brian and Heather had a beautiful system worked out to get through each contraction. 

Once we were in a room, Stacey got hooked up to monitors and kept laboring with her excellent support team. After they broke her water the contractions got really intense, and Stacey powered through them with constant support from Brian, Heather and her L&D nurse. Around 5am she got an epidural and she and Brian took a much needed nap. After that, we all hung out for a while talking about birth and food and music. Stacey had prepared the most amazing, eclectic playlist for her birth, and yes we had a little dance party when Beyonce’s “Run The World” came on! 

Finally, right before 9am it was time to push. Stacey was calm and focused, and in between contractions she even sang along to the songs that were playing in the background. Her nurses were incredibly supportive as she slowly pushed her baby down. Stacey admitted to me later that she didn’t believe them when they said she was pushing well, because she had heard the same encouragements during her first labor and her pushing hadn’t been as successful. But Brian and I could see the head making its way down, and it was the most amazing thing I’ve ever witnessed. The doctors came in to help baby travel his final inches into the world, and at 952am, Ian Everett was earth-side and on his mama’s chest. Heather, Brian and I were all crying, and Stacey was completely overjoyed that she had gotten her VBAC. Brian cut the umbilical cord, and he and Stacey marveled at their beautiful baby boy while the doctors stitched her up. Within the first hour, Ian had already made his first latch and was happily breastfeeding. I stuck around to see him weigh in at 9lbs 3ozs, got a few last photos of the blissful family, and then left them to rest and get some quiet.

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photographerPINIMAGELaboring mother and father hold onto each other going to the delivery ward at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographerPINIMAGELaboring mother leans on her husband and gets hip pressure from her doula during a contraction at Pennsylvania Hospital the hallway at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographyPINIMAGELaboring mother gets comfort from her husband and her doula after a contraction at Pennsylvania Hospital the hallway at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographyPINIMAGELaboring mother rests in between contractions at Pennsylvania Hospital the hallway at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographyPINIMAGELaboring mother leans on her husband and gets hip pressure from her doula during a contraction at Pennsylvania Hospital the hallway at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographyPINIMAGEPregnant mom is examined by a doctor at Pennsylvania Hospital, the father looks on with love and concern, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographyPINIMAGEPregnant woman labors through a contraction on hands and knees with a fetal monitor around her belly on her bed at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographyPINIMAGEPregnant woman labors through a contraction on hands and knees while her doula gives hip support and pressure on her bed at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographyPINIMAGEPregnant woman labors through a contraction on hands and knees, gripping the bed sheets, while her doula gives hip support and pressure on her bed at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographyPINIMAGELaboring mama gets some rest after receiving an epidural and gets comfort from her husband at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographPINIMAGELaboring mama gets some rest after receiving an epidural and her husband takes a nap at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographPINIMAGELaboring mama gets some rest after receiving an epidural and gets a massage from her doula at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographPINIMAGEPregnant mother and father laboring through contractions and pose similar to the art on the wall at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographerPINIMAGEHusband looks at his laboring wife with concern and love while she labors through a contraction at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographyPINIMAGEPregnant mama pushes through contractions to deliver her baby with doctors, nurses, doula and husband watching and supporting her at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographerPINIMAGEPregnant mama rests and gets ready to push through contractions to deliver her baby with her doula and husband comforting and supporting her at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographerPINIMAGEHusband looks at his laboring wife while she rests between pushes to deliver their baby at 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for his mother after he is born at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographerPINIMAGEMother and father lean in for a kiss as newborn baby boy looks between them at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographerPINIMAGEDad takes cellphone picture of his new son while baby boy lies skin to skin on motherPINIMAGENewborn baby boy reaches for his mother while lying skin to skin on her chest and tries to breastfeed after being born at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographyPINIMAGENew baby boy lying on his motherPINIMAGEBaby boy gets his first latch on to breastfeed while having skin to skin time on his motherPINIMAGEFather looks amazed and in love at his new son and leans in to give him a kiss while baby boy lies skin to skin on mamaPINIMAGEMother and father look at each other with love and amazement after giving birth to baby boy at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographerPINIMAGENurse holds newborn baby boy over the scale and weighs him at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographerPINIMAGENewborn baby boy lies on the scale after being weighed and looks at the camera at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographerPINIMAGEFather comforts his newborn son while his weight and footprints are recorded at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA VBAC birth photographerPINIMAGEFather holds his new son, mom and dad give baby boy a kiss after giving VBAC birth at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA birth photographerPINIMAGEDad holds newborn baby boy while mom rests in the bed after giving VBAC birth to her second son at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA birth photographerPINIMAGE

 

It was such an honor to be a member of Stacey’s circle of encouragement and empowerment as she took this journey, and I’m so glad I was there to document her hard work and achievement in getting the birth she dreamed of. I don’t think witnessing the birth of a child will ever get less incredible, the work that a birthing mama does any less amazing, whether it be VBAC or c-section.

If you would like for me to create beautiful photographs of your birth story, please be in touch, I can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Rachel Utain-Evans is a Philadelphia, PA photographer specializing in natural, loving, joyful newborn, maternity, family, breastfeeding and birth photography. Serving the Greater Philadelphia area.

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