Camden’s birth was pretty common for what you expect out of a first child. Hurry up and wait. We met at the hospital and after hours and hours of Sammi contracting but not making much progress, they decided to go ahead with the epidural. I took that as a time for myself to exit the room and allow the laboring mother to get some rest. I joined the family in the waiting room and was soon met with a frantic call from Sammi’s mother telling me to get back to the room asap. I rushed back not knowing what to expect. While I was out of the room Camden’s heart rate started to drop and they decided an emergency c-section was imminent.
Camden came into the world at 10:58 p.m. weighing 8 lbs 5.7 oz. He is part of one of the most loving and supportive families I’ve ever known.
This was the first time I had photographed a c-section and I learned something very valuable. The hours after the birth, where the family gets to see the baby, where he is bathed and weighed, the first instances of life, Mom is in recovery. She misses these moments. To have this documented is so amazing. It is giving her a chance to witness what happened without being present. If you are even planning a scheduled c-section it may be a good idea to still invest in birth photography for this alone.
Camden’s story doesn’t end here. It is only beginning. I will have more soon.