When I was in nursing school, Labor and Delivery was easily my favorite clinical rotation. I quickly fell in love with witnessing new life begin and was drawn to all the emotion surrounding it. I was fascinated by womens’ bodies and the incredible birthing process. When I graduated nursing school, however, I took the advice of nurse mentors and decided to start my career in an area that was a little more broad to build my experience before settling into something so specific. I started my career in the ICU at Mayo Clinic Hospital, but was sure I’d eventually make my way back to Labor + Delivery. Wouldn’t you know, Mayo Clinic happens to be an incredible employer with competitive pay and good benefits, but no L+D unit… so here I am, still craving that connection to the birthing process, new life and all those intense emotions.
Well, my passion has brought me back to these moments, but this time, it’s to document them. I can say from personal experience, the moments of birthing my children have been some of the most incredibly satisfying, joyful, and life-altering moments of my life. Those moments were so fast moving, though, and between the physical exhaustion and the excitement and the tears, my memories are not as clear as I wish they were. I would do just about anything to be able to go back and freeze those moments in time. Documenting Birth for families allows me to do just that for others, and it truly feels like the greatest honor on Earth. This birth was no exception. I was so fortunate and so honored to fill in for my dear friend and fellow birth photographer, Melissa Lane Photo, for the incredible, powerful and loving birth of Mr. Emery.