The Best Of 2018: Birth Photography in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the Surrounding Suburbs

What. a. year! In 2018, I had the honor of documenting 21 hospital births, 10 births at birth centers, and eight home births. 15 baby boys, 25 baby girls. Four surgical births, one surrogacy delivery, and one set of twins. Most of my clients allowed me to share images from their birth and a few chose to keep their images private. Additionally, I captured six births for other birth photographers as a backup and took a few months off to travel! The joy, strength, and love that I felt and witnessed at each of these births was heartwarming and immensely fulfilling. These are some of my favorite moments of my birth photography career in 2018 and some of the very best moments of my life. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed capturing them.

Bonus Real Postpartum images are at the bottom of this post! I absolutely adore these intimate motherhood sessions and the collection of images that I make at each session commemorates a bit of your postpartum time.

If you're looking for a birth photographer the Twin Cities, visit this page and then contact me to get the ball rolling! I provide birth photography services in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding suburbs too! 

*all images shared with permission and gratitude*

Click through to learn more about my birth photography packages.

And if you’d like to know more about my intimate motherhood sessions, visit my Real Postpartum page!

IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER TO DOCUMENT YOUR LABOR AND DELIVERY EXPERIENCE IN MINNEAPOLIS, ST. PAUL, OR THE SURROUNDING AREAS IN MINNESOTA, LET'S TALK! I'M EXPERIENCED AT HOSPITAL, BIRTH CENTER, AND HOME BIRTHS, AND I'VE DOCUMENTED (AND BEEN THE DOULA AT!) VBACS, TWINS, SURROGACY, WATER, MEDICATED, EPIDURAL, SAME SEX, AND CESAREAN BIRTHS.

HypnoBirthing at Home with Twin Cities Midwifery | A Preview of Mirabelle's Birth Story

December 14th, 2018 | 12:16 am

Kari and Levi welcomed the newest member of their family just after midnight. With their young daughter, Kari’s sister, their doula, and their fantastic midwifery team at their side, they met their new baby - a girl! - in a whirlwind of elation. Kari was laughing in between surges in the minutes before delivering their child and the new big sister was delighted by the arrival, stretching out her arms and asking to hold her almost as soon as she was born.

Welcome to the world, sweet girl! We’re so glad you’re here!

Learn more about my birth photography packages. Interested in doula support too? My partner Gina and I have a special package for you!

Born at Health Foundations in St. Paul, Minnesota | A Preview of Isla's Birth Story in Photographs

December 1st, 2018 | 8:15 am

We talk a lot about optimal fetal positioning in the birth world. This little baby’s brow was pressed down into her mama’s pelvis during labor so she came out with a funny little bulge on her forehead. Generally, babies are positioned with the crown of their heads entering the pelvis first. When they tuck their chins, they are positioned optimally so that their heads can mold to fit the pelvis. Because Isla presented with her forehead rather than the crown of her head, her mama had to work extra hard to deliver her. A little maternal positioning help from her amazing doula, Gina of the sown seed, got things moving and baby was born shortly afterwards.

Welcome to the world, sweet girl! We’re so glad you’re here!

INTERESTED IN BOOKING A BIRTH STORY SESSION? LEARN MORE!

Born at Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia, Minnesota | Terre's Birth Story

November 4th, 2018 | 7:53 pm

I’m writing this on November 5th, 2018, the day after sweet Terre’s birth, which happens to be the two year anniversary of my birth photography career. I spent most of yesterday with this incredible couple alongside my lovely doula partner Gina of The Sown Seed and I’ve spent most of today thinking about the lessons I’ve learned over the past two years and 50+ births. I have, of course, learned so much about birth, and the power and beauty of birthing people, and about photography, but I think I’ve learned the most about myself. Which brings me to this birth. This gallery is misleading. What you don’t see is the shoulder dystocia. You don’t see the room filling with hospital staff, mama’s knees being brought up to her ears, nurses pushing on her stomach while her midwife attempts to work that baby out of her, and so of course you don’t see any images of that maneuver, called McRoberts, not working. And you also don’t see mama’s midwife giving her a third degree episiotomy and then, later, stitching her back up again. You do see mama working hard to push her baby out, and you see her partner’s support and his waiting arms as he prepares to catch their baby, and you see the lovely golden hour moments they shared with their brand new babe. But you don’t see any pictures of that emergency situation. Why? Because I didn’t take any. One of the biggest things I’ve learned in the last two beautiful, birth-filled years is to trust myself. To trust my judgement and to decide when to document and when to step away. And I’ve learned that I’m entirely capable of remaining calm during an emergency and even being able to help during a scary time.

When I first started shooting births, I saw a lot of other birth photographers saying that one of their main goals was to be a fly on the wall, to be an invisible presence, to document without impacting their client’s day and so I, too, adopted that as my philosophy. But it didn’t feel quite right and after a few births I realized: that’s not me. I don’t want to be invisible; I want to help. I don’t want to not have an impact; I want to contribute to a lovely, calm, beautiful atmosphere for my clients. I don’t want to be a fly on the wall; I want to be supportive and caring and an asset beyond just capturing your day. And so that’s what I do: I document, and I fluff pillows, and I keep an eye out for chapped lips on thirsty mamas, and sometimes I put a hand on a shoulder and whisper reassuring words. And I’m so glad that’s who I am: not only someone who can capture your baby’s first birthday and all the emotions, moments big and small, and beauty that goes along with it but someone who is an active part of your birth team and is wholly there for you in all the ways I can be.

If you’re interested in booking a birth story session, chatting about your birth plans, or just talking about birth photography in general, I’d love to hear from you.

Interested in booking a birth story session? learn more!

Born in the Water at Methodist Hospital in the Twin Cities | Ethan's Birth Story

September 26th, 2018

Just an hour of arriving at the hospital, she delivered their baby in a fast and supported medication-free water birth. Ethan was bright eyed and so alert after his birth and he locked eyes with his mama as soon as he could.

Welcome to the world, Ethan! We’re so glad you’re here!

IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER TO DOCUMENT YOUR LABOR AND DELIVERY EXPERIENCE IN MINNEAPOLIS, ST. PAUL, OR THE SURROUNDING AREAS IN MINNESOTA, LET'S TALK! I'M EXPERIENCED AT HOSPITAL, BIRTH CENTER, AND HOME BIRTHS, AND I'VE DOCUMENTED (AND BEEN THE DOULA AT!) VBACS, TWINS, SURROGACY, WATER, MEDICATED, EPIDURAL, SAME SEX, AND CESAREAN BIRTHS.

I'M HAPPY TO CAPTURE YOUR BIRTH AT THE FOLLOWING HOSPITALS:

Burnsville Ridges, Fairview Southdale Hospital, Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, Maple Grove Hospital, Methodist Hospital, North Memorial Health Hospital, Regina Hospital in Hastings, Regions Hospital, Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, St. Johns Hospital, The Birthplace at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital (Fairview Riverside), The Mother Baby Center at Abbot Northwestern, The Mother Baby Center at Mercy Hospital, The Mother Baby Center at United, and Woodwinds.

I ALSO LOVE DOCUMENTING AT THESE BIRTH CENTERS:

Health Foundations Birth Center, Minnesota Birth Center (Minneapolis), Minnesota Birth Center (St. Paul), Roots Community Birth Center, and Willow Birth Center.

IN ADDITION TO HOSPITALS AND BIRTH CENTERS, I WOULD LOVE TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR BIRTH AT HOME (ASSISTED HOMEBIRTH OR UNASSISTED/FREEBIRTH):

Dearborn Midwives, Geneabirth, Mandala Midwifery Care, Modern Midwifery, North Star Midwifery, Peacefully Born Traditional Midwifery, Twin Cities Midwifery, and more!

Real Postpartum: A Milk Bath Breastfeeding Session in the Woods of Northern Minnesota

Book an honest storytelling session at home with baby to document a fleeting and unique season in your life. The days are long, the nights are longer, and the baby you spent so much time waiting for is finally in your arms for you to kiss and memorize and adore.

This is an opportunity to practice authentic self-love. To honor your body exactly as it is — whether you’re newly postpartum or a few months or even years into your motherhood journey.

This intimate collection of images celebrates the new, the hectic, the gorgeous. Embrace this moment and preserve it with a documentary session so you can always remember this special time.

 
minneapolis breastfeeding milk bath photography
 

Real Postpartum captures the magical, sometimes mundane, and treasured moments of motherhood. Real Postpartum encapsulates love and motherhood and womanhood in all the little details you’ll always want to remember. But more importantly, it stands for strength and perseverance through challenges. Late nights, long days, rediscovery: the connection and love present is powerful, sometimes raw, and absolutely beautiful. These moments are how you spend your days and nights — the real story — and they’re ones you'll wish you had images of outside of your own mind. Memories fade as time passes. A glimpse down memory lane with the help of photographs easily brings back the emotions of the time. Preserve a bit of your relationship with your baby with a Real Postpartum session.

To book a session with your breastfed or bottle-fed babe, visit my Real Postpartum page. Mini-sessions are also available!

TO LEARN MORE, VISIT MY REAL POSTPARTUM PAGE. IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN BIRTH STORY SESSIONS, CLICK HERE.

Our Souls Were Singing at Roots Community Birth Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota | The Birth Story of Khalil

September 21st, 2018 | 10:49 pm

This was a quick birth! As I was rushing in the door almost exactly 30 minutes after I got the call, I heard mama’s birth roar and I rounded the corner into the birth suite with my camera in hand as she was lifting her baby to her chest. Big sister and mom’s mom (along with her wonderful doula) were by her side as she birthed her son and I’m so glad I got to be there to capture his first few hours. After mama delivered the placenta, she made her way to the bed with the help of her birth team. After a while, her daughter got to cut the cord and then they watched his newborn exam together. The whole time I was capturing moments for these lovely people, this song was playing on repeat in my head.

Welcome to the world, buddy! We’re so glad you’re here.

To book a Birth Story Session, contact me.

Real Postpartum: A Tandem Breastfeeding Milk Bath in St. Paul, Minnesota

What a treat it was to spend some time with this mama and her two sweet babes. Real Postpartum is an opportunity to preserve a glimpse into the intimate bond you share with your child. Breastfeeding is often such a big part of my birth clients’ lives and it was a natural progression for me to exploring it through photography. Real Postpartum is also an opportunity share your experience, normalize breastfeeding, and to help other women feel more confident about breastfeeding (representation matters!). Nurturing a baby creates such a unique bond between mother and child and it's a fleeting phase that soon flies by. Book a Real Postpartum Session to capture one of the many magical, sometimes mundane, and treasured moments of motherhood. Real Postpartum encapsulates love and motherhood in all the little details you’ll want to remember. But more importantly, it stands for strength and perseverance through challenges. Late nights, long days, rediscovery: the connection and love present is powerful, sometimes raw, and absolutely beautiful. These moments are how you spend your days and nights — the real story — and they’re ones you'll wish you had images of outside of your own mind. Memories fade as time passes. A glimpse down memory lane with the help of photographs easily brings back the emotions of the time. Preserve a bit of your relationship with your baby with a Real Postpartum session.


To book a session with your breastfed or bottle-fed babe, visit my Real Postpartum page. Mini-sessions are also available!

Book an honest storytelling session at home with baby to document a fleeting and unique season in your life. The days are long, the nights are longer, and the baby you spent so much time waiting for is finally in your arms for you to kiss and memorize and adore. 

This is an opportunity to practice authentic self-love. To honor your body exactly as it is -- swollen, naked and milk-stained; you're exhausted and thrilled and oh so in love. Feeling the hazy daze of new parenthood, no longer pregnant, learning and healing and growing; you're changed and on the cusp of something new. 

This intimate collection of images celebrates the new, the hectic, the gorgeous. Embrace this moment and preserve it with a documentary session so you can always remember this special time.  

Real Postpartum details: $500 / $350 with the purchase of a birth package | at home (milk bath add on an option) | up to two hours | up to 30 images

Contact me for more information or to book your session today!

Born at Home in Excelsior, Minnesota | Baby Boy's Birth Story

September 13th, 2018 | 12:17 am

Welcome to the world, buddy! We’re so glad you’re here!

IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER TO DOCUMENT YOUR LABOR AND DELIVERY EXPERIENCE IN MINNEAPOLIS, ST. PAUL, OR THE SURROUNDING AREAS IN MINNESOTA, LET'S TALK! I'M EXPERIENCED AT HOSPITAL, BIRTH CENTER, AND HOME BIRTHS, AND I'VE DOCUMENTED (AND BEEN THE DOULA AT!) VBACS, TWINS, SURROGACY, WATER, MEDICATED, EPIDURAL, SAME SEX, AND CESAREAN BIRTHS.

I'M HAPPY TO CAPTURE YOUR BIRTH AT THE FOLLOWING HOSPITALS:

Burnsville Ridges, Fairview Southdale Hospital, Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, Maple Grove Hospital, Methodist Hospital, North Memorial Health Hospital, Regina Hospital in Hastings, Regions Hospital, Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, St. Johns Hospital, The Birthplace at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital (Fairview Riverside), The Mother Baby Center at Abbot Northwestern, The Mother Baby Center at Mercy Hospital, The Mother Baby Center at United, and Woodwinds.

I ALSO LOVE DOCUMENTING AT THESE BIRTH CENTERS:

Health Foundations Birth Center, Minnesota Birth Center (Minneapolis), Minnesota Birth Center (St. Paul), Roots Community Birth Center, and Willow Birth Center.

IN ADDITION TO HOSPITALS AND BIRTH CENTERS, I ALSO LOVE PHOTOGRAPHING BIRTHS AT HOME (ASSISTED HOMEBIRTH OR UNASSISTED/FREEBIRTH):

Dearborn Midwives, Geneabirth, Mandala Midwifery Care, Modern Midwifery, North Star Midwifery, Peacefully Born Traditional Midwifery, Twin Cities Midwifery, and more!

A Fresh 48 Session in Minneapolis

Baby Rosie was born on August 24th, 2018 and I got to see her and her fantastic parents again two days later in their room on the NICU ward for a Fresh 48 session. I made sure to capture her sweet toes, the amazing lanugo that still covered most of her body, and the way her parents worked together with a supplemental nursing system (SNS) to feed her. If you're interested in documenting a bit of baby's first or second day of life, reach out!

A Breech Belly Birth in Minneapolis | Rosie's Birth Story

August 24th, 2018 | 9:19 am

My lovely clients had their baby via cesarean section on a rainy Thursday morning. A combination of factors led to the decision to go in and get baby and one of my favorite things about the day was seeing mama's face light up when she was told that her baby was out bum-first and again when she heard that first sweet cry. Due to the surgical nature of this birth, some of these images are a bit bloody and I considered adding a warning to the top of this post but I ultimately decided not to. Birth can be bloody. Life, especially the life of a woman, is occasionally bloody. I see beauty in these images and I hope you do too.

Welcome to the world, sweet girl! We're so glad you're here!