My photo biz partner Ashley recently had the chance to shoot the birth of the daughter of two of our very favorite people. Natasha and Paul’s birth experience was pretty unique for two people in the state of Alabama, and they actually had to travel to Tennessee to have it.
Alabama’s a little tricky — it’s not illegal to be a midwife here (there are eleven nurse-midwife practices and forty-three Certified Nurse-Midwives in the state), but it’s illegal to have a licensed midwife attend a home birth. Since a home birth is what Natasha and Paul wanted, they journeyed to Blessed Care in Fayetteville, TN, to do it.
Ashley received a phone call at three in the morning from Paul letting her know Natasha had arrived and was in labor — so she got to witness the beginnings of the day as well:
Says Ashley, “When I got there, I asked where Natasha and Paul were — everyone pointed to the back bedroom. I quietly walked in to find them in the tub with Arcade Fire playing softly in the background. Natasha quietly started crying and the midwife, Linda, asked if she was ok. She replied, ‘I’m ok. I’m just so happy right now.’ Everyone turned to each other with tears in their eyes, and I knew this day was destined to be a great one.”
Ashley spent over ten hours with the couple and the team of midwives, along with Natasha’s mother and sister.
“The moment she opened her eyes everyone in the room melted. Sniffles were heard all around as Natasha and Paul held their daughter for the first time. As soon as Natasha said ‘Hi, baby’ Georgia lit up and smiled and cooed right back at her.”
If so inclined, you can most definitely see more of the photos at the White Rabbit Studios blog.