‘We have a secret in our culture, it’s not that birth is painful, it’s that women are strong. ‘ – Laura Stavoe Harm
As you all know, I love birth sessions. I love documenting that raw, beautiful strength in women, and of families welcoming their new little ones. I love being present and witnessing a little soul entering this world and I’m forever grateful for everyone who entrusts me to do so. When Crystal reached out asking me to document her birth, I couldn’t of been more thrilled. When she started sharing her story with me, I was just in awe. This beautiful mama found out at 37.5 weeks that she was going to be welcoming twins earthside to join her, her spouse Zachary and their toddler Avily. She had, had a home birth planned and this beautiful mama and her spouse decided to move forward with a home birth, trusting that this is what was right for their family. To say that this was a beautiful birth is an understatement. This mama showed a strength that was just out of this world, she was surrounded by love the entire time and Zach & Avily. She continued to show love and grace towards Avily and continued nursing her throughout the birth. Zach was so attentive to not just Crystal, but Avily and his new littles ones too. Crystal made several comments throughout laboring how in love she was with birth and her babies. Again, awe struck. Crystal & Zachary thank you so much for asking me to document this beautiful time in your lives. You are amazing Crystal and I am so forever grateful to call you a friend. <3. Here’s just a few of my favorites from their birth story.