Real Postpartum: A Raw Postpartum Portrait Session in Bloomington, Minnesota by Meredith Westin

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.

Real Postpartum: An Intimate Breastfeeding Portrait Session in St. Paul, Minnesota by Meredith Westin

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.

Born at Home on Fat Tuesday | Baby Liv's Birth Story in Photos by Meredith Westin

March 5th, 2019 | 12:58 pm

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

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INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHED? TALK TO MEREDITH TODAY.

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!

Born in Maplewood, Minnesota | A Preview of Kaia's Birth Photos by Meredith Westin

January 3, 2019 | 1:25 pm

It always amazes me how quickly a baby is born once the decision is made to go down the hall for an unplanned cesarean section. Once baby is born, it’s usually just a short while before they make their way from the newborn station over to their mama’s chest for skin-to-skin bonding and maybe even an attempt at latching and initiating their breastfeeding relationship. Most of my clients who end up with a surgical birth haven’t planned to have one and it’s always an honor to support them through the process. While I’m not always allowed into the operating room, I have had really good luck and have been able to join the majority of my clients to photograph the birth of their baby.

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

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

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 by Meredith Westin

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 by Meredith Westin

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!