Birth | Ludwig Booy
As parents nothing can prepare you for the birth of a little baby, but as a photographer capturing the moment……. Wow is the only word that comes to mind, it’s life changing.
Ludwig was born with a scheduled Cesarean at the Netcare Pretoria East Hospital, so luckily we did not have the rush of making it on time to the hospital, but unfortunately because of this I was not allowed inside the delivery room as some hospitals don’t allow it at all. So if you are planning a birth photographer, please get written consent from your gynecologist as well as your hospitals maternity ward. Generally they are not as strict with normal deliveries as they are with C-sections.
Any how, I kept the proud Granny company, which by the way is my mom [It’s always handy to have a photographer in the family ;)] and I got to share in her excitement as she phoned all the friends and family with the great news that everything went well with the delivery and mom and baby is healthy and kicking.
I got to meet my little nephew just at they were wheeled from the delivery room. You will see those precious few moments when my sister was just in awe of this new little person. If you look closely you will also find a shot of the very proud aunty [me], admiring the 1st little boy of the family.
Between all the admiration, cuddles and love, i got to capture those wrinkly feet, brand new little mouth, button nose and that first bath mom missed.
These pictures tell a story that no one will ever forget but some of the pieces not every one will ever know actual happened as birth photography is there to capture the detail which are so precious but are often soon forgotten with all the excitement and awe of the birth of a new little one.
Walk with me through the absolute of amazingness the birth of my little nephew Ludwig Albertus Booy, and the special moments when he met his two big sisters.
(All pictures published with consent of both mother and father)
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Why was I so desperate to have a natural birth?
Yes, it would have been a most empowering experience for me and yes my next one will be a VBAC, but was it really that important in the bigger scheme of things? At the end of it all we got what we set out to achieve – a human being that we could guide and mould and set free into the world for her to make her own impact. Maybe that trauma she and I both endured in getting her Earthside happened exactly how it was supposed to. That’s birth and even more so parenting – you set off on a course with big plans and that’s great, but there has to be flexibility and acceptance in changing course depending on whatever life (or your kid) throws at you.
After a minute or so we heard your first loud cry. It was glorious and we could finally breathe. Sr Lotter brought you to us and our hearts melted, my boy. You were beautiful. We checked for 10 fingers and 10 toes and we couldn’t stop looking at you. The happiest moment of our lives. You were born at 11:33 weighing 3.49kg and measuring 53cm.