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Birth | Why the C-section ? | Gauteng Birth Photography

An emergency C-section is exactly what it says – an emergency measure. You will have to discuss any risk factors that you have for that happening with your gynaecologist. Common reasons are obstructed labour, failure of labour to progress, placenta praevia (development of the placenta in an abnormally low position near the cervix), foetal distress, gestational diabetes mellitus, and improper positioning of the foetus for delivery.

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Birth | Alexa Mudaly-Chetty | Johannesburg Birth Photographer

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.

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Birth | Mighael van Niekerk | Pretoria Birth Photographer

“I have been delaying writing my birth story. It has taken me a while to process the events from that day, and the days and few weeks following, and to be okay with not writing a ‘perfect’ story with perfect English. I truly hope that being real about the latter, and that which follows, will make at least one other mom out there, facing a similar experience, feel less alone in having had a ‘good but not perfect’ birth

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Birth |10 Reasons to hire a birth photographer | Johannesburg and Pretoria Birth Photographer

There is a whole new world of memories that opens up to you, your partner, your family and your baby when investing in birth photography. Here are my top 10 reasons everyone should have a birth photographer.

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Birth | Welcoming Hewitt Will Naested | Johannesburg Birth Photographer

“The faint tinkle of bottles spreads in the breeze as she starts preparing homeopathics that she is mixing together for the birth of their child.”
I have my amazing husband and our beautiful son and all three of us are safe and together. I am surrounded by love and care – amazing healers stand around me as I receive the news. I’m overwhelmed with appreciation. I feel nothing but gratitude and love.

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Birth | Welcome baby Daniel de Jager | Pretoria Birth Photographer

“In You I find my worth, in You I find my identity” – Lauren Daigle (You Say)
Jolene and Martin welcomed their first child to the world after almost two full days of labour. Little Daniël gave his mom a run for her money, but she pushed through with the loving support of Martin her husband, and with the strength of their combined faith in God. In the end, their newborn son was the perfect blessing she knew he would be.

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Birth | Hayden de Jager | Pretoria Birth Photographer

Birth | Hayden de Jager | Pretoria Birth Photographer

The next hour was the hardest for me, it felt like torture. It had gotten dark and we lit candles around the bath. I was trying all different positions, but struggled to find something bearable. I had worked so hard on breathing and relaxing, but when the contractions came it was so crushing, all I could do was ride it out and wait for it to be over.

Birth | Why the C-section ? | Gauteng Birth Photography

Birth | Why the C-section ? | Gauteng Birth Photography

An emergency C-section is exactly what it says – an emergency measure. You will have to discuss any risk factors that you have for that happening with your gynaecologist. Common reasons are obstructed labour, failure of labour to progress, placenta praevia (development of the placenta in an abnormally low position near the cervix), foetal distress, gestational diabetes mellitus, and improper positioning of the foetus for delivery.