Vancouver Birth Photographer | Water Birth

I got to attend this beautiful home water birth earlier this week. This mom filled her apartment with a group of fully supportive, loving friends and family to bring her through the process of birthing her first child. She laboured in a tub in her apartment while being talked to, fanned and adored.

Once pushing began she pushed her daughter into her own hands and brought her to her chest. Everyone in the room was awestruck by the amazing power of this new mother. Lucky for us she has decided to share her birth story. This is how birth can be. Beautiful, simple and powerful. Thank you to the amazing Dawn H., RM for providing amazing midwifery support.

 

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Vancouver Doula Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer Morag Hastings

Honour – Strength

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Vancouver Doula Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer Morag Hastings

Vancouver Doula Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer Morag Hastings

The calm before pushing…

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Vancouver Doula Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer Morag Hastings

Natural birth is rad. :)

Vancouver Doula Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer Morag Hastings

Vancouver Doula Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer Morag Hastings

The head is almost all the way out.

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Vancouver Doula Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer Morag Hastings

Vancouver Doula Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer Morag Hastings

Vancouver Doula Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer Morag Hastings

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She is a girl.

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Placenta out cord still attached.

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Falling in love.

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Welcome to the world little lady.

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To read another inspiring home birth story here.

 

Morag Hastings is a Doula and Birth Photographer located in Vancouver, BC Canada. Come check out more of her work on her facebook page at www.fb.com/vancouverbirthdoula or feel free to email me at moraghastings@gmail.com.

 

Baby Girl | Vancouver Birth Photographer + Doula

On a beautiful early summer day in Vancouver, labour began slow and steady. Soon to be big brother, dug in the garden and ate freshly picked raspberries, while his mom worked hard to bring his new baby sister into the world.

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Look at this amazing mama at 8cm ready to go to the hospital… quickly!

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With not much time to spare we made it to the hospital ….

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Where dad proceeded to catch his baby girl. The first one in the room to get eye contact with his daughter.

Dad catching baby

Sweet relief!

mom and new baby

Vancouver Doula Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer Morag Hastings

Vancouver Doula Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer Morag Hastings

Vancouver Doula Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer Morag Hastings

Vancouver Doula Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer Morag Hastings

Vancouver Doula Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer Morag Hastings

 

dad and new baby

 

The next morning they were back home as a family of four.

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To read another inspiring home birth story here.

 

Morag Hastings is a Doula and Birth Photographer located in Vancouver, BC Canada. Come check out more of her work on her facebook page at www.fb.com/vancouverbirthdoula or feel free to email me at moraghastings@gmail.com.
Welcome to the world sweet girl.

Why Hire a Professional Birth Photographer?

When I finish editing the last photos of a birth, upload the files and send them off to my clients, I always take a deep breath. I know my clients are going to open their files with great excitement and anticipation and possibly a few tears. I get to give this new family a huge gift, and they don’t even know how special it will be to them until they open it. The files will walk them through the journey of the day they became parents and a family.

Vancouver Doula Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer Morag Hastings Not only is it amazing to document the day your child was born with your baby’s first breath, your first reaction to your baby’s tiny face, dad’s face when he touches sweet little toes for the first time, but you are also documenting the story of how you became parents. This is one of the most healing things for my clients because the day goes by with a blur, then it is gone in an instant with only memories to hold on to. You know you just climbed Mount Everest and back in a day. Having crisp documentation of the climb allows you  to venture back to your accomplishment any time you feel the need and remind you of  the little moments that might seem trivial but are such amazing memories, like the first time you breastfed your new baby or the first time he or she gazed into dad’s eyes.

 

Why would you need to hire a professional birth photographer?

Well the truth is you don’t. You don’t need to document any of your life events with a professional photographer. Some people have wedding photographers and some don’t. Lucky you now have the option to hire a professional birth photographer if you want one, and it’s an amazing option to have! Hopefully you will have a few in your city or town to choose from. If you want someone to document your birthing day or even just the moments after your baby arrives you now can hire someone who specializes in documenting the unique story that is birth.

Here are some of the reasons to hire a professional birth photographer:

  1. Most the people in the room will be so flushed with excitement and adrenaline it might be hard for them to remember to pick up the camera or to focus and compose a nice picture, even if they are good with cameras. Have they watched a baby enter the world through a body before? Will they be able to focus on the moment and get a good shot? Most people are so overwhelmed by the experience they forget how to do anything, unless they are a professional birth photographer who has attended lots of births.Vancouver Doula Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer Morag Hastings
  2. Can you trust your partner or the designated birth photographer to take a good picture of you when you haven’t slept for days and you just did the biggest work-out of your life? Yes, you will have powerful endorphins on board, but the photographer has to know how to use them to their advantage.  Not to mention fancy tricks to hide wild nipples and other naked body parts. I love the photos I have of giving birth to my children, but I would not show many people because I look like a truck ran over me! In contrast, my clients have many, many photo’s of themselves enjoying their baby where they look amazing; photos they WANT to share with friends and family to commemorate the birth of their child. (I even hear birth workers talk about how I make them look good in photos. I think sometimes my camera is magic, but it could also be the photographer.) Apple Blossom Families- Va ncouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings
  3. The lighting during birth is not optimal for phone pictures or pictures taken with a basic point-and-shoot camera. With these, most images will come out dark and blurry. Even if you have a nice DSLR camera, the chances are that the person using it won’t know how to use the right settings in order to get a beautiful, clear shot of the moment. You definitely don’t want a direct flash when you are in labour or your baby has just entered the world!

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    This is our family photo from my daughters birth in 2001. (That blur is my husband.)

  4. You want your partner share in the experience with you instead of being distracted with trying to document the process. I belong to a group of professional birth photographers we collaborated on this slideshow showing partners being supportive called ‘Hold Her Hand, Not the Camera‘. It is worth watching but grab a tissue. During the birth of my first child, I had my husband on video duty because I wanted to see my daughter entering the world. Instead the camera was bumped and what we got was a lovely video of the roof! He felt bad. I assured him it was not his fault and told him he better be ready to have an extra person at our next birth because I was going to have someone whose only job would be to document. I did, and it worked out perfectly. Plus, my husband was in all of the  photo’s instead of being the one behind the camera.Apple Blossom Families- Va ncouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings
  5. A common pitfall of relying on someone who isn’t familiar with birth is their tendency to be so amazed with the process of birth that they photograph a lot of close-ups of the birth itself, forgetting all about the people who are in the room (including the mother and father!). So when you open your files, all you see is a close-up of your bulging vagina or your naked bum flopped over the couch instead of your partners reaction to your new baby. Trust me! Many, many women have told me about the birth photos their moms took. A professional birth photographer should know which angles work and which ones don’t! I have been photographing births for a long time now, allowing me to know what women want to see,  and it is NOT a close up of their naked bum! As your baby’s little head is coming out, I know I need to stay steady and calm and I know exactly how to shoot to get that moment. Getting the very first moment when your baby is brought to your chest is not an easy feat with all the towels and arms in the way and often in very low light. A professional birth photographer should be able to wait for the moment and shoot it just in time to capture your face between arms swinging, baby crying and tears flowing.Vancouver Doula Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer Morag Hastings
  6. Having a professional photographer means you don’t have to delete all the blurry, out of focus double/quadruple chin photos from your computer. You get one package full of nicely exposed beautiful shots that tells the story of your birth.
  7. If you are worried about not usually liking your picture being taken or feeling like you need to pose during your birth, don’t worry, you won’t!  A professional birth photographer should be there to document what is happening in the room, not to have you pose or do things that are not natural. If you have a skilled professional birth photographer, you won’t even notice her taking your picture while you are in the throes of labour or enjoying your new baby. You will probably be shocked at all the amazing pictures you receive since you’ll have barely noticed them being taken. I have many, many parents accounts for this, especially from the dads. I often hear them say, “Wow… I wouldn’t have gotten one shot until the baby was at least an hour old!”Professional Birth Photographer
  8. You do not have to share your birth images with anyone. Just because you want to document this very private event it doesn’t mean you need to share it with the world. These images are just for you. Most of my clients are so thrilled with how beautiful they look and the special moments that were captured that they want to share the images. Sometimes clients share their birth story publicly, sometimes they just want to show pictures of their baby to friends and family. It is always up to my clients to choose how much, if any, they want to share.Vancouver Doula Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer Morag Hastings
  9. Your baby will look amazing. I have been a professional birth photographer in Vancouver, BC for over three years and have shot over 100 births. I can tell you getting a nice, crisp shot of a brand new baby looking right into my camera or snuggled close to mom is not an easy thing. Once I get the shot, I know I have just given my client the biggest gift ever. Now they can share with all their friends and family a photo of their new baby looking clear and beautiful and true to life. Friends and family who you don’t want to visit right away or who live too far to visit at all can soak up and enjoy your new little person like they are in the room with you. Not to mention you can enjoy the beauty of your freshly born person in the years to come without wishing your husband hadn’t cut off her left eye in the photo or got your nipple clear as day in the background. Within a few days your baby will already look so different, but you will have the lasting memory of those first moments forever in your photos.Vancouver Doula Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer Morag Hastings
  10. You will get to look back on the day you became a parent and be reminded of the amazing adventure you went on to bring your child into the world. Trust me these images will be special to you for years to come, no matter how much time passes.

When I started documenting births three years ago, some of my clients were unsure about having me photograph their births. People would suggest I stick to maternity or newborn photography because “who would want that photographed?!” I can tell you LOTS of people “want that”, and lots of people are getting their births documented with beautiful artistic images that tell the story of the day their baby was born. Each one of them would not change having a professional birth photographer, because after the birth is over the pictures and your memory of that amazing experience is all you have left! I take a long inhale and I am grateful for all my clients that tested it out and discovered what an amazing gift birth photography is. Feel free to check out my packages.

I thought I’d share this comment I received this morning from a mom who hired me to document her birth:

I’m sitting here scrolling through them, drenched in happy tears. There are moments that I cannot remember…like can you believe I forgot that she started breastfeeding in the operating room! There are just no words to express the happiness and awe I feel looking through these photos and somehow being transported back to that day…that day that O. was born, the day I became a mother, the day we became a family. THANK you from the bottom of my heart for being there, holding the space, offering your strong doula hands and your wise words of advice and comfort, and for your incredible gift of being able to capture the moments so beautifully. You are a true gem and we are so honored and blessed to have had you join us on the most important day of our lives and to prepare and empower us before hand for the birth of our wee O. Thank you, dear doula sister. You will forever hold a special place in our hearts.”  Mother and Doula E.

Feel free to email me moraghastings@gmail.com to meet for tea to discuss your options.

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First Baby of 2013 | Vancouver Birth Photographer and Doula

My first baby of 2013 joined this world on January 1, 2013! It was a fabulous birth with a great couple, the baby’s aunt and a wonderful midwife team. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to 2013. The best part is the beauty and alertness of this sweet baby, check her out!

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Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings

New Years 2012 Baby | Vancouver Birth Photographer and Doula

This morning, the last day of 2012, I was invited to a very special birth. This baby decided to come a little early and once she decided she was coming, she came quick! Her dad had the honour of catching her and her big sister was right there to welcome her new sibling into the world. A beautiful note to leave 2012 with. Happy New Years and best wishes in 2013! Here are a few pictures of this sweet baby.

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A Celebration of Birth | Vancouver Birth Photography and Doula Services

As a year-end project, I have decided to put together a slideshow of some of my favorite images from the births that I have attended over the last year. I recently broke sixty births and forty of them were in 2012! I hope while watching this slideshow you will get to experience how I see birth, in all of it’s beauty. Thank you to all the parents who have shared your images. In this slideshow there are images of baby’s being born as well as some nudity. Music by Eleanor Murray, Cedar, “Electric Sky.”http://eleanormurray.com check out her site for more amazing music!

**** Please change the gear at the bottom of the viewer to HD for better viewing.

 

If you want to see more click here to watch a video featuring local midwives.

Christmas 2012 Baby | Vancouver Birth Doula and Photographer

It wasn’t how this mama wanted to spend her Christmas morning, with waves of contractions and the intensity of labour. But by evening, just before midnight, C and J’s baby was born into this world. A perfect baby girl born on Christmas day. Happiness filled the room as this little lady joined us, looking like she was covered in snow. She was covered in vernix (a white creamy substance covering the skin of the fetus during the last trimester of pregnancy) and alert as can be. Here is a sneak peek of this sweet girl.

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Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings

Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings

My little dragon baby | Vancouver Birth Doula and Photographer

Welcome to the world my little friend.

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Siblings at births 72 birth photographers from around the world.

I am lucky to be part of an online birth photographer community. This group has helped inspire me over the last two years with information and inspiration. The best part is the slideshows we produce as a community. This one has 72 birth photographers from all over the world who have contributed their images of siblings at births. Sit back and enjoy the show!

Baby London | Vancouver Birth Photographer and Doula

I got the call, baby London was ready to arrive. He came into this world just as the clocks turned to 12.13.12. What an incredible journey it was, mom and dad pulled their baby up into their arms with so much joy it was contagious.

Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings

Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings

Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings

Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings

Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings

Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings

Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings

Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings

Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings

Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings

Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings

Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings

 

Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings

Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings

Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings

Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings

Apple Blossom Families- Vancouver Birth Photographer and Vancouver Doula Morag Hastings

 

 

 
Morag Hastings is a professional Vancouver birth photographer and doula. She is DONA Certified Birth Doula, hypno-doula, specializing in birth photography.