C-Section Birth Photography | Luan Viljoen

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” – Ashley Montagu

I received a frantic call at around 12 in the evening, but I did not need to answer to know that a special boy was being born that evening. As soon as I saw the caller ID, I knew we were ready to roll, instantly my calm birth photography mode took over my sleep muffled brain. By the next morning the lives of my friends will be changed forever ….

On my way from Pretoria to the Wilgeheuwel Life hospital in Krugersdorp, I was thinking of all the surprises that comes with the territory of having a baby. There was a few I could think of and I few I knew would surprise Rickus and Tharien on their new journey. I made a mental note to do some reasarch on the most common themes to the ways that kids revolutionize our lives. Have a look at the top 10 I found and let me know how acurate they are.

Surprise #1: Your relationship with your partner will change
Surprise #2: You’ll have no idea where the time goes
Surprise #3: You may look different
Surprise #4: You’ll join an exclusive worldwide club
Surprise #5: You’ll be stronger than you ever imagined
Surprise #6: You’ll make “mistakes” you never anticipated
Surprise #7: Your friendships will change
Surprise #8: There’ll be times when you hate parenting
Surprise #9: You’ll be overwhelmed by love (and other emotions)
Surprise #10: You’ll have to let go sooner than you think

Luan saw to a couple of his own surprises that evening and being part of the incredible journey called birth photography, I got to witness and capture a few.

He started his strike of surprises by his birth, born at 36 weeks, which was a few weeks earlier than his scheduled C-section date. I think his dad knew he would love him, but I saw how the overwhelming love for this little boy took his him by surprise. His big brother was a little surprised by his first pictures, but that was soon forgotten as he got involved in a betting game with his grandfather over the size of his brother. The surprise and wonder of the miracle of Luan are almost tangible in the images below. The love for this boy striking, evidently beautiful, unmistakable moments of utter happiness! 

No matter how much you prepare for it, the birth of your baby and parenting will blow your mind.

Your kids will challenge you, bring you to tears, crack you up, and make you forget what you urgently had to do. They’ll shatter the life you knew into a million pieces. Then they’ll put it back together, like a stained-glass window, into something infinitely more complicated and beautiful.

Riki-Riks en Lallie, you are special friends! Enjoy every single surprise your little boy brings into your life, and by the looks of his beginning you’re in for the ride of your life!

xXx
Sam

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Luan’s Birth slide show

C-Section Birth Photography | Sharlette Rose

C-Section Birth Photography

“Where there is great love there are always miracles.” –   Willa Cather

There aren’t many mothers who will say that a c-section was what they had first envisioned when they thought about giving birth. This was also not Sharlene’s birth plan but by the time we were finalising birth photography we both knew it would be C-section Birth Photography.

A c-section is a medical necessity in the best of situations; in the worst cases, it can be due to the outdated practices of a doctor or his/her desire for convenience.

Some c-section mamas have weeks to mentally prepare for a change in their plans, but many only have days, hours, or minutes. Suddenly, everything she envisioned when meeting her child has changed. Her birth plan has been thrown out the window. Surgery lies before her. She doesn’t know how long she’ll have to wait after birth before she holds her baby in her arms.

We humans don’t tend to do well in situations of sudden change. And yet c-section mamas find a way to let go of their pride and connect with an inner-strength that allows them to enter the OR and give birth to their child.

And then the actual surgery happens. The actual cutting and suturing. Full recovery often takes months. And while most of us would like to curl up with a bowl of ice cream and a stack of movies after a major surgery, c-section mamas do just the opposite. They nurture and love and bond with their needy, beautiful babies. Their “great love” making “miracles” happen.

Emotionally and physically, these women are SO strong. And this strength isn’t just necessary on delivery day; this strength must endure in the weeks and months and years ahead – as their bodies and souls heal, crafting new dreams with their little ones in their arms.

I share with you these beautiful pictures of a person becoming a dad, a courageous mother, nuturing and loving their little princess, living miracles everyday because of their “GREAT LOVE”

xxx
Sam

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Fresh 48 | David

Birth Photographer

[quote]”A wise woman once said to me that there are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these she said is roots, the other, wings.” ~William Hodding Carter (1907–1972)[/quote]

“When I think of that word (roots), I picture an entanglement of yucky, brown, dirty stringy things. And above it, I picture a beautiful oak tree giving shade to young children at play. What’s amazing to me is this, in order for the oak tree to protect those children with its shade, it must be held up by the dirty, yucky roots that at first seem so unappealing.

God wants us to have roots. He wants us to go through life’s difficulties with one another and to be connected. Every year brings a new challenge to the strength and connection of every family. The loss of a family member, the challenge of illness, children acting out in school, a job change or loss…these are things that can cause strife within families. While they are happening, you wonder, will we make it through this? Your mind is flooded with negative thoughts. Think about the oak tree. In order for it to protect the children with its shade, it had to have the yucky, dirty roots. In order for a family to stand strong, it must often go through some of life’s yucky, dirty messes. The family that stays right with God, prays, and leans not on its own understanding can use those dirty yucky situations to build protection for itself.

It is important for us to go through struggles in life, and the family unit is affected by the struggles it goes through as a whole, and the struggles that affect just one of its members. Those struggles may at first seem so dirty and unappealing, but in time, their purpose is revealed.” (Extraction from A Walk of Faith http://www.faith4women.com/)

Meet little David Wilhelm Böhmer.  David meaning “Beloved” and Wilhelm “Determined Protector” can you see the Oak Tree?

Dear little David, may you always stand tall and detriment, may you fly high and always know unconditional love!

xXx
Sam

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Birth | Vosloo Twins

[quote]“ Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into. – Henry Ward Beecher[/quote]

Meet two little flowers that God did not forget to add beautiful souls to! Louisa and Fleur Volsoo!

As many births go this was a little “unplanned” welcoming of the girls at only 36 weeks (see their maternity session HERE only 2 days earlier), but the smaller one of the two had a little trouble. (I think her sister ate all her food 😉 )   As we discussed some admin the night before the birth, one of the questions was if they have decided which little girl is going to be named Fleur and which Louisa. The first born will be Louisa, it should be the smaller one and the second one will be named Fleur. (Because of the girls positioning they could make an educated guess which will be born first) It’s exactly how it happened, little Lulu were born screaming, strong and fierce. “Renowned worrier” that’s the meaning of this little fighters name. Perfect don’t you think? Fleur was born a little quieter, more delicate, exactly as her name describes a “flower”. Louisa gets her name from her Great Grand Mother Louisa or Lulu and Fleur is a beautiful name that both Anecia and Gerhard liked. Only later did they discover that both these names have a connection to flower. Identical twins with the same name!

What are the odds of these girls given these names purely by chance, I think not! It makes me think of Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” as well as Isaiah 43:1 “…I have called you by name, you are mine”

Be blessed little flowers! I look forward to witness how you grow and bloom into the persons you were born to be!

xXx
Sam

(Have a look at some more of their beautiful birth story HERE)

 

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Birth | Zayden

[quote]”Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers–strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.” ― Barbara Katz Rothman [/quote]

If there is one truth about birth it’s that the plan can change and that’s okay……

Labour was induced early morning and everything progressed so well! Tharien fully dilated but baby changed position and it ended in a emergency C-section. Mom and baby was doing fine but the birth plan has changed. A lot of times this is really traumatic for a new mom but not for Tharien. Birth made her a mother, “…..strong, competent, capable mother who trust themselves and know their inner strength…..”

Thanks for asking me to be a witness to your beautiful journey.

If you missed the beautiful slide show, you can have a look here

xXx
Sam

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Birth | Lané Johnson

[quote]”Fam•i•ly  \  fam-lè  \  Noun 1. relatives who love and care for each other deeply and oftentimes, put each other’s needs and preferences before their own. 2. a group whose love is not hindered by time, space or circumstances. [/quote]

You really are blessed when you started chatting to your clients even before they are pregnant 😉 This was the case with Anél and what a huge privilege it was to be apart of this incredible journey. It was a huge honour to meet their family and can I say I have never quite had such a gathering of loved ones at the birth of a new little one. This was indeed a celebration of life, with friends and family to share in the joy of little Lané coming earth side.  A more accurate description of family than in the quote you will not find they are truly a group whose love is not hindered by time, space or circumstances.

If you missed the birth slide show here is the link Lané Birth

Anél and Brett enjoy your miracle and always remember how blessed you are with a family as caring and wonderful as yours!

xXx
Sam

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Birth | Ilané Schalekamp

[quote]”From the moment they placed you in my arms, you snuggled right into my heart.”- Unknown[/quote]

I was just about to go to bed when my phone rang and as I saw the caller Id, I knew that this beautiful little girl was about to make her debut 2 weeks earlier than we expected.

I met a very excited big sister in the corridor at 23:40 in the evening at Kloof Medi Clinic, the excitement was much to big for her little heart to go to bed with ouma and oupa! So she waited to meet this little baby her parents told her all about. Ilané.

After a few words and a few pictures with mom and dad, I was unfortunately not allowed in theatre, I joined the excitement and anticipation in waiting for Ilané.

I’m a big sweet tooth and stole some of my babies Easter eggs on my way to hospital, just for a snack, you know. So big sister Milandri and I had a midnight feast eating Easter eggs and celebrating this brand new baby sister about to make her debut!  (I just have to add I had permission from Ouma to give her chocolates at midnight, so Leandi you need to fight this with your mom 🙂 )

The first time these sister met was so amazing to see and be able to capture, big sister Milandri was a little unsure as I don’t think the baby she had in mind and little Ilané looked much a like 😉 but I have to tell you that these girls were friends by the time they left the hospital…..

Leandi and Kobus enjoy your beautiful girls, and always stay as involved as you are in each other and your family! You guys warmed my heart, I loved witnessing how good Kobus are with all of his girls and how in love Leandi is with her family!

If you missed the birth slide show (which is amazing by the way) here is a link

Ilané beautiful birth

 

xXx
Sam

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Birth | Aaren Eckhart vd Merwe

[quote] “Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow, until you find your dream” – Rodgers & Hammerstein [/quote]

I first met with M&M on our birth consultation in October last year and what struck me most about them were how they were totally at easy with what ever way this birth may go. They had a birth plan but it could change, they had a due date, but that could change, they had a doctor, but that could change, they had a name picked out, but that couldn’t change. Aaren Eckahart vd Merwe. Aaren meaning “mountain of strength” and Echart “edge of a sword” “brave”.

It was planned to be a natural delivery but had to be induced ’cause this young man was much to comfortable in his own little world. During labour the plan change and we were prepped for a C-Section delivery. M&M were totally calm and at easy with it. Marika made it look so easy and Martin was a pillar of strength until we had to go into theatre, then you could see some nerves settling in, but before we new little Aaren was born. My words are few when I think of this birth but as I look at these images I realised, I have already said enough, these images tell the story of the birth of Aaren much better than I ever could!

To have a look at some more images in the birth video click here

M&M congratulations with your son! With parents like the two of you and strong names like the ones you have given him, I am quite confinced that he will have no problem getting to his dreams.

 

xXx
Sam

 

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Birth | Baby Aliyah Cristina Mansinho

[quote] “Whenever there is happiness,
Hope you’ll be there too,
Wherever there are friendly smiles,
Hope they’ll smile on you,
Whenever there is sunshine,
Hope it shine especially for you to make each day,
for you as bright as it can be…” – Unknown[/quote]

Meet little Aliyah, what a beautiful name, almost as beautiful as the little one carrying it. She was born on a warm winters morning in July. Her family waited in anticipation for this little one’s arrival and I have never seen such a packed “Father’s Lounge”. Celebrating her arrival with campaign, lots of laughter, hugs and cuddles.  My guess is she will be forever “packed” with love and surrounded by family and loved ones.

To view the beautiful birth video just Click on this link Birth Aliyah video or watch on YouTube here
Enjoy your princess….

 

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xXx
Sam

Birth | Baby Burger Daniel v Schalkwyk

[quote] “May you touch fireflies and stars, dance with fairies and talk to the man in the moon, may you grow up with gracious hearts and people who care, welcome to the world little one, it’s been waiting for you” – Unknown[/quote]

Oh, what a privilege to witness and capture the first breath of a new life. It never cease to amaze me. This is the C-section birth story of baby Burger in pictures, as I can not tell the story in words…….

Meet little Burger, born on the 5th of June 2015 | 53cm| 3.84kg at Kloof Medi Clinic

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Also follow this link for the beautiful slide show with some more pictures

Birth of Baby Burger – YouTube

Well I know this little one has plenty of people who were waiting for him and who adores him, so for him there will always be “gracious hearts and people who care…”

xXx
Sam