Wichita Falls Birth Center Birth Story | September 2021

Wichita Falls Birth Center Birth Photographer

In September, I finally had the honor of capturing a beautiful birth story at the Wichita Falls Birth Center! This was my first time photographing and video-ing a birth in a birth center. I have attended hospital births and home births in the past, but never a birth center, so this birth is special to me as a "first"! Meeting the midwife, Lenora, and birth assistants was a special privilege. It was so beautiful to see how they give their Mamas space to labor without intrusion. As a birth photographer and doula, it's always a fine line to dance being present to document and also giving Mom and Dad the space they need. I often find myself blending the role of doula and photographer, offering positional suggestions and motivational words. This particular birth was a marathon and Mama was impressively strong as she battled exhaustion and the unknown, new sensations of birth, alongside the emotional rollercoaster birth can bring. It was an absolute honor to witness and support this family as they welcomed their special Little Bear. The love shared between mom and dad was something so special that you don't see at every birth. Dads/husbands tend to be supportive and tender, but some couples just have this connection that is inspiring on another level, and that's what I admired as I witnessed this family's miracle.

Husband supports wife through early labor contractions at birth center in texas

Unmedicated Birth in Wichita Falls, Texas

Documenting unmedicated births are always especially "fun" for me. All birth is beautiful, let's get that straight right now. But as a photographer, the constant changing of positions, locations, and other experiences that come with unmedicated births is really something special to capture. If you're hoping to have an unmedicated birth in Wichita Falls, Texas and considering utilizing the birth center, I would encourage you to meet with the midwives as soon as possible! I won't lie, I'm partial to home birth for myself, but here in Wichita Falls, finding a home birth midwife can be very challenging. There is a critical lack of out of hospital midwives, limiting the options that are available. Thankfully, though, the birth center offers a home-like environment and is a solid option if you're seeking an out of hospital birth in Wichita Falls.



Mother uses peanut ball during labor at Wichita Falls birth center

midwife and birth assistant perform spinning babies exercises to support mother during labor at Wichita Falls birth center

husband supports wife during contractions at Wichita Falls birth center

Husband and Mother support woman during contractions outside of the Wichita Falls birth center

couple stands in Wichita Falls birth center during labor contractions

Mother labors on CUB at Wichita Falls birth center

Another perk to birthing at the birth center is they welcome photographers, and they don't stop us from capturing the most amazing parts of birth: The BIRTH and immediate moments after....



mother labors on hands and knees

husband supports wife during labor at Wichita Falls birth center

mother labors in Wichita Falls birth center

Mother smiles at newborn immediately after unmedicated birth in Wichita Falls texas

Dad kisses wife after son is born in Wichita Falls birth center

mother admires newborn baby after birth in Wichita Falls


Speaking of capturing the birth... I want to tell you about what happened during this birth... every photographer's nightmare...

In order to produce the highest quality images, I typically use a flash while documenting births... especially during births happening at night... Well right at the very moment this sweet babe entered the world, my flash malfunctioned! This is the moment when everything is happening so fast, that a malfunction can have terrible consequences for the quality of images produced. Thankfully, my gear is amazing and I was able to quickly adjust some settings and still capture the most special post-birth moments like that big "I did it" smile! The quality isn't quite as amazing as it is with the flash, but I love that this really captures the truth about birth: it can be unpredictable and we have to adapt. Even if just as the birth photographer.




Dad's hands picking up newborn for first time after birth in Wichita Falls

Photograph after birth of dad snuggling with mom and baby in Wichita Falls birth center

Birth Story Photograph shows Grandmother uses cell phone to take a photo of new dad holding baby skin to skin in Wichita Falls birth center

mother holds baby skin to skin in Wichita Falls birth center


Dad holds baby skin to skin in Wichita Falls birth center

These moments after birth are the reason I love birth photography.

Seriously... Documenting labor and BIRTH is amazing, but these moments of bonding and pure love postpartum are something so unbelievably special. A family centered birth is just one more reason why birthing at a Birth Center is so special. Having this option really changes the entire birth experience. Now, I can't speak for my clients, and I can only speak for myself, but in the world we currently live in, having the option to give birth in a family centered environment where autonomy is respected and mothers are not bullied into making certain decisions that are "easy" for the staff is so important. I'm so grateful that Wichita Falls has an option for out of hospital birth and I look forward to working along side this birth team again in the future!


Are you considering a birth photographer for your birth center birth?

If you're considering hiring a birth photographer to document your birth story at the Wichita Falls Birth Center, I would love to chat with you about the photo packages I offer. I offer Maternity Photography, Birth Photography, Birth Videography, and Newborn Lifestyle Photography to clients in Wichita Falls, Texas, Decatur, Texas, and Lawton, OK, and the surrounding areas. I am not currently offering birth stories in the hospital unless an out of hospital client is transferred and the hospital allows me in (I do have a doula certification that should hopefully help with that option as hospital policies frequently change).


If you'd like to schedule a virtual consult for a Maternity, Birth, or Newborn photo package, click here now!



 

Jaimie Zaki Birth Photographer wears red shirt and sits on beige couch in Wichita Falls Texas

Jaimie is a Wife, Mother of Four, Birth Photographer, Doula, and Lactation Consultant serving families in Wichita Falls, Texas. Jaimie has supported and documented both medicated and unmedicated birth in the hospital and out of the hospital. Jaimie is a strong advocate of autonomy and respecting a mother's choices during her birth. Jaimie has her own personal experiences with Cesarean birth, medicated VBAC, and home birth and understands why documenting your birth story can be so important. Birth Photography can be both inspiring and healing part of your birth experience. Jaimie looks forward to chatting with you to discuss options for telling your story from pregnancy through motherhood.

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