Natural birth

Birth of Isaac | Tampa Home Birth | Birth Photographer | Alex and Co. Photography | Tampa | Land O Lakes | Dade City | Spring Hill | Brooksville | Trinity | Odessa | Central Florida

Birth high is a real thing y'all! I was on one for days after this birth. Birth is so so beautiful and to have the ability to birth at home is so amazing to witness. Isaac's birth started off on Saint Patrick's day. Kelly called me, letting me know that the midwives were heading over and that if I wanted to, I could too. It was a perfect scenario because Lewis was off anyways. I packed up my stuff, kissed all my boys goodbye and drove off. When I arrived Kelly was doing her thing. Her past births were super crazy and fast so the whole team was ready to go. Midwives, Doula, grandma, dad, kids and I. We laughed, played some music and ate pizza. As the day went on, Kelly was progressing nicely. As night drew near everything seemed to slow down. Kelly was tired and we all figured she needed to rest. The whole team went home with our ringers on high and ready to go back at any moment. 

 

After a good nights sleep I got the call at about 5:45AM and rushed back to Kelly's house. When I arrived, there was a different feeling in the air. We could all tell, Baby was coming soon. All the while mama laughed and talked and joked with us the whole time. As the sun rose contractions got stronger. Kelly was in the tub, her children surrounding her and her birth team supporting her. The world was still asleep, everything was still and quiet as Issac made his entrance. 

Noah Newborn Session | Family Session | Spring Hill FL Newborn Photographer | Brooksville | Inverness | Wesley Chapel | Land O Lakes | Trinity

Noah was the 6th boy in my newborn boy streak. Oh my goodness he was so cuddly and squishy. In every pose, his cheeks over flowed into his hands or arms. Now the question is will he be the end of my boy streak?

Baby Ava | Spring Hill Newborn Photographer | Alex and Co. Photography

Sweet baby Ava surprised everyone about 3 weeks earlier than they thought. Ava's mom messaged me and I made arrangements to get her session scheduled. Ava was so smiley during her session! I caught a lot of the smiles but she was sneaky and would smile when I didn't have the camera in front of me. Ava's big brother Aiden was such a joy to have in the studio. They were so cute together! I hope to be able to capture this family for years to come! Aren't they perfect?

Natural Birth & Baby Expo 2016 | Tampa Bay Birth Network | Alex and Co. Photography

This past Saturday I took part in The Natural Birth & Baby Expo. Man was it amazing!!! My little guy strapped to my back and camera in hand, I got to capture it all! Every single person I encountered was so nice and welcoming. It was like a big family gathering, to celebrate moms and babies. During my time at this awesome event, I met Charlie Rae and Erica Lea of Barefoot birth who gave me hope and confidence for my future births whenever they may be. Next to their booth was a mommy and baby area to take a seat, nurse your baby and a changing table which is forgotten most of the time but so necessary at big events. This was all set up by Community Roots Collective which is part of Barefoot birth.

 

As I was walking by the isles something caught my eye. It was an image I had seen before. The light switch came on and I realized it was an image taken by one of my favorite Birth Photographers, Jennifer Martin of Jennifer Martin Photography. I was starstruck and probably really dorky. The ooos and awes spilled out of my mouth as I looked through all of her work and admired her beautiful booth. I want to have another baby just so she can capture my birth! Jennifer wore her precious little one almost the whole event. Now where else can you work and wear your baby? 

 

Recently I made a new friend, her name is Gladis and she owns Crunch Natural Parenting. The first time we met was at her store, we talked and our kids played for a good two hours! Her inviting personality really shines when you walk into her doors. I didn’t want to leave! She somehow brought all of the goodness of her store to the birth event. Her mini shop was adorable! Full of wraps, carriers, diapers and the cutest baby moccs from Freshly picked! If you ever need some good baby wearing or cloth diapering advice, Crunch is your one stop shop! When I make the switch to Cloth diapers I will definitely be going to Gladis! 

 

Next to Crunch was The Tampa Bay Birth Network. They set up a mock up Birthing room complete with a birth tub and bed. As I walked into the dimly lit “room” I felt relaxed and as if I were about to witness a birth. Pictures hung on the walls and music played in the background. It showed what birth should be like for mothers who can do it at home! I snagged one of the last beige Tampa Bay Birth Network tanks to wear during my newborn sessions (represent!)

 

I could go on and on about all the amazing booths and people I met but really I will never be able to explain how awesome it was. I can’t wait for next years expo and I hope that you will join in and take part in the fun too! Here are some of my favorite shots from the expo.