I am always asking myself at a birth: What are the parents seeing/experiencing? And also, what are they NOT seeing or experiencing? I’m not just looking for “the moment” of arrival but for all the little details that form the story.
In this image: Wrinkle toes from labouring in the tub. I never ask a mom to pose or like in this image “put your toes out” while she is in labour. She needs me to be the fly on the wall and capture moments without her noticing. Mom’s often tell me at our pre-birth consultation that they want to be sure I get all the details. Seeing details in other birth stories really caught their attention. Not to worry, I’ve got that covered.