Birth is a love story | Welcoming Baby G | Melbourne Birth Photographer

If a woman doesn't look like a goddess during labor, then someone isn't treating her right.”- Ina May Gaskin.

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The longer I spent in the room with Estelle and Jamie the more this quote resonated with me. I was watching the most amazingly graceful and beautiful woman supported by her husband ready to birth their son. It was intimate, peaceful and full of love and connection, just as you would envision a birth to be.

There was hardly a time that the two were not connected. It appeared that she drew her strength from him. His support was unwavering as was his belief.

Every birth is different and as Estelle worked through each contraction she was surrounded by her team; her midwife, her husband and even her friends. With their encouragement their beautiful baby arrived into the world.  

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Getting to capture the family meeting their newest love is one of the most heart warming things I can think of. The transition to a family of four. Witnessing a daughter become a big sister. Watching a mother’s heart double in size at the sight of not one but two of her greatest loves on her lap.

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It is an absolutely honour to be able to provide these memories to a family. I do this because I honestly believe that every woman deserves to look back on their greatest achievement, welcoming their baby into this world, and seeing just how strong and powerful they actually are. I want you to see yourself the way I see you, beautiful, graceful, a goddess.

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I will leave you with the sweetest words from Estelle herself.

Thank you so much to Amy for capturing the birth of our son so beautifully. I wanted to be able to look back and remember the day and remember how it made me feel and to also see myself doing my very best work! These photographs are my memory and they are absolutely priceless.

During the birth i didn’t even notice you were there, which is exactly how i hoped it would be. I never felt like i was being looked at or being photographed, i was able to just to do what i needed to do, peacefully without interruption while you silently documented this experience for me.

I look at the photos almost daily, i honestly treasure them. Rather than remembering the birth of my baby boy as a painful experience i get to look back over and see how absolutely amazing it was, and feel so proud of myself and my partner.

Thank you Amy! I look forward to seeing you at the birth of my next baby :)
— Estelle, Birth Story, 2019
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