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        This sweet babe wanted his parents to wait and make a grand entrance at sunrise, after about a 23hour labor induction. Not only was this family my first birth at St. Luke’s Nampa’s new hospital, it was also my first day birth! Little Oaken decided to come right as the sun was coming up and man it was just a GORGEOUS birth to be apart of. After my last birth in 2017, I kept saying, “2018 is going to bring lots of births and day births as well.” Well come to find out that the first birth story of 2018 was it! 

        Chatting about birth is just a favorite of mine, especially when it’s with other mothers and fathers. Listening to their own journey to pregnancy, adoption and/or surrogacy, being a parent is INDESCRIBABLE. However your little one or ones are brought to you.

        From Oaken’s Mama (Bree):

        We waited a long time to get our little baby. After two years of trying and three losses we finally got pregnant with our rainbow baby. I had to take a shot with blood thinner each day to make sure my little one was growing properly. We had every other week appointments and countless ultrasounds as well. Everything was finally going perfectly! 

        February FINALLY came around and it was time to go to the hospital. Being induced was nothing like I expected it to be. It was the hardest thing I have ever physically gone through. Pictosin sucks. It gets the job done, but it sucks. And epidurals are amazing. I had so much support and love from my family and friends. I remember waking up in between contractions holding a different persons hand each time. There is nothing like being surrounded by all that support. 

        Finally I woke up after about 23 hours of labor and felt like I needed to push. I was so determined to get him out quickly and after about 30 minutes he was here! 

        Words can’t describe how overwhelmed I was with love when they put Oaken on my chest for the first time. I couldn’t believe that this was the little life that I had been carrying inside of me for 9 months and that I had waited 2 years to meet! Honestly, it was the hardest thing I have ever done, but I would do it a million times over just to have my baby here.


        This birth story has so many tender and well documented moments. Boise is lucky to have you as a birth photographer, loved going through these images!

        What a beautiful sunrise drenched birth story! Boise parents are pretty darn lucky to have you available to capture moments like this for them. I can’t get over the dad’s face – and grandpa (?) coming in, how sweet was that?!

        oh that morning light! And dad’s shirt is amazing. Boise is so lucky to have you as a local birth photographer!

        Dad’s shirt! Your black and white edits are beautiful. And then…the morning light shines in! What a beautiful birth story. How blessed is Boise to have a talented birth photographer!

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