When I first spoke with this family about birth photography, the mom told me the compelling story of the loss of her previous birth. A baby whom she gave birth to, but never got to know. My heart ached for them, and I desperately wanted to be the one to photograph this new blessing, this rainbow baby. During the pregnancy, the family affectionately called the baby girl “‘bow,” short for “rainbow.”
Mom spent a lot of days in the hospital and on bed rest, and we touched base most days. I like to keep in touch with moms as they approach their due date. I try not to be pesky, because I know that everyone else is probably checking in on them, too!
The day (or early morning) finally came, and I got a call very early in the morning. I sprung out of bed and quickly woke my husband, explaining the situation. I drove the 40 minute trip (mom was delivering in the Fox Valley, not Green Bay) to the hospital in about 32 minutes (what officer?)! I pulled my camera out in the elevator in anticipation of a quick delivery. When I got to the labor and delivery nurse’s station they said, “I think she already delivered.” NOOOOOOO! I went back to the room and she was still in labor. Phew.
The labor was very quick, and mom delivered naturally without pain medications. Their beautiful rainbow, Celia Jean, was born.