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In an effort to spotlight exceptional birth professionals for expectant parents researching their options, I’ll be interviewing some of the best I work with (see the complete on-going series here).

We have incredible midwives in Cape Town, but not nearly enough. Every woman should have access to a midwife if she desires one. So as a general rule, if you are hoping to hire an independent private midwife, you should contact them early. They tend to book up quickly because they support fewer births a month than an obstetrician would. This is because they support a woman side by side throughout her whole labour, delivery, and just after birth, which requires more hours than just being present for the delivery. Independent midwives are specialised in low-risk natural births.

Today,I want to spotlight one of my personal favorites (I’m biased, admittedly). Glynnis Garrod from Birth Options Midwifery Team. Full disclaimer, Glynnis was MY midwife for my first birth.

I will never forget how close she stayed. I hung my head down in pain and found that absently turning her ring kept me focused during contractions. That’s what I marvel about with midwifery care. I respect the role of a doctor (and needed one) but they can not possibly give the kind of intensive-at-your-side-care that midwives can give. Its a huge time commitment.

Midwife means “with woman”. That’s exactly what they do, they stay near you if you need that kind of support. Or they hang back when you need space, available when called. Its a really beautiful thing to observe as a person attending a birth.

Here are some images of Glynnis in action. I credit her with saving my eldest daughter’s life. She paid attention and caught the signs something was dangerously wrong and so gently informed me while giving me my options. Being “with woman”, physically at my side for hours was what enabled her see what was happening. We called in obstetric support and a doctor performed a necessary c-section. Together they both worked harmoniously in their specialties.

Here’s my Q & A with her. I hope it helps in your research.

1) HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A MIDWIFE?

I qualified in 1990 and starting working in the labour ward at Groote Schuur, so 27 yrs.

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You may recognize this family welcoming their third child, a daughter. I called this image “Three Men and their Little Lady”. Its one of my favourite of siblings meeting. A year goes by in blink. So much changes! The adjustment to life with three may be exhausting, but its also so quick. Their family wanted updated photos of what life looks like now a year later from their daughter’s birth. The boys have grown a bit. Their baby girl is officially a toddler. Its all so bittersweet.

I loved the contrast of having all of them at their different stages. Teeth separating and about to fall out. Long limbs and chubby left over baby legs. Whispy boy hair and giggles. You just don’t realize how little even your big kids are until a decade goes by.

We braved the chilly Cape Town winter morning to get amazing light. Let me tell you, that’s not a small feet to pull off with three children before the sun rises. My hats off to them! It was worth it though. Her hopes were for lots of portraits of her children and what they are like at this age. Mission accomplished.

My special thanks to Jasmine Selembo for her on-location assistance. She’s a pro with littles!

Family sessions are exclusively offered to my existing clients only. So if you have (or one day plan to) hired me for your maternity/newborn sessions or birth coverage, I am available onwards to capture your family as it grows. I offer this exclusively to clients because of my limited availability and not the general public because I believe in the chemistry and trust required to get these images. It’s how I roll best. Contact me if you would like one of your own.

 


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  • Tam

    Oh my heart! These are exquisite portraits Marysol. Seriously one of my favourite family sessions ever! And it’s no mean feat getting THIS many amazing images when there are children involved. You are a genius. XReplyCancel

Its still surprising to me, and it might be to you. Many of my followers and then prospective clients have lived through years of infertility or loss. Its surprising to me the sheer volume of couples living with this reality. Its more common than any of us think. Its surprising to me that they follow birth stories, and (through the sting) celebrate these new baby arrivals. That’s a remarkable amount of maturity. I just want to say, I see you and if ever your day comes, I would love to document your birth story.

Sarah really wanted to share her story with the world, both in celebration and if it was at all helpful to another person. It was recently published in Your Pregnancy Magazine and now I’m publishing it here for you to read or share. Its remarkable the long fight and the surprising discovery she made along the way.

I share this story with caution. I don’t want to be one more person in your life that says something careless and ridiculous like, “Just have a glass of wine and relax, then it will happen or put an essential oil on!” I know you have tried just about everything. You might be exhausted from trying.

This is not a prescription for what works. It is simply her story. It takes vulnerability to share it publically.

Here it is with the imagery of the day they finally met their long-hoped for, long-awaited, long-loved daughter.

I’ll let Sarah take it from here:

Find a partner, get married, have a baby! Easy right? Not so much! After 9 IUI’s, 6 IVF’s, 5 donated embryos and a sperm donor we were down and just about out!

We used to sit in the fertility clinic waiting room and joke about potential baby names that would befit the journey that we had been through. Names like Persevere and Nevergiveup were at the top of our list!

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If you have followed me for years, you might recognize Tracey as the mom of Parker-Grace. Here’s that birth story. If you are new here, meet Tracey from the Milk Memoirs, one of Cape Town’s best and most keep-it-real bloggers. If you have never read her blog, you are missing out! She is so honest and approachable. You will nod your head in recognition and from time to time snort out laughing. She holds nothing back. Her birth stories are a great place to start if you like reading those. She’s also blogged most of this pregnancy, including the honest emotional process of a gender reveal that didn’t go as hoped with kid expectations. You will enjoy pouring through her blog. Its one of my favourites.

The goal was to actually post this session before Tracey’s birth. But like all third babies, they tend to be wild cards and surprise everyone. The day I was supposed to post this, wouldn’t you guess it, was the day she went into labour.

So here we go much later than planned. We headed out to Silvermine, braved the cold, and documented their expectancy. Their family of four soon to be five. The light was perfect, the wind held off (unlike the last time), and they brought their beautiful relationships for me to capture. Any kissing moments? Those aren’t directed by me, that’s the girls egging it on! Tracey was capturing it on her phone behind the scenes. It was a blast, and I hope they keep making babies.

That’s one thing that really stood out to me in post production of this shoot. Their daughter’s personalities are vivid and honest and unique to each of them in almost every frame. This is what I love about including children in a maternity session. You are capturing this chapter in the story, and their little bodies and honest faces such a perfect mile-marker.

Mini-maternity sessions are offered complimentary with all my birth packages. Its 30 minutes, quick for the men or the kids (like ripping off a plaster…), one location, and 15 gorgeous high quality images for you to treasure long after you are done being pregnant. Or if I’m fully booked for births, I do offer a select number of maternity/newborn combo packages. Inquire here.

My thanks to Jasmine Selembo for her on-location assistance.

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The journey from pregnant to parents is one I specialize in capturing. I know its full of joy, trepidation, expectation, and blur of time gone too fast. Before you know it you are so deep in toddler land, this chapter is gone!

I documented this family’s complete journey from pregnancy, to birth, to their life with a newborn.

Here’s their soft and overcast Kirstenbosch Botannical Gardens maternity session. If you’ve dreamed of a session here, there are s0-many-incredible backdrops and it changes with the seasons. Its not called Africa’s most beautiful garden for nothing.

Then we move to their Bishops Court nursery with gorgeous wall art and natural tones. We did their whole newborn session in there. Nurseries and bedrooms make the perfect backdrops for getting beautiful photos at home with your baby. No need to go anywhere. Their dog even joined in too, because yes pets are welcome!

If you are expecting and I’m fully booked for births or birth photography isn’t quite your thing, you can always book maternity/newborn sessions with me like this one. All of my packages include most gorgeous luxury heirloom album for you to enjoy all your photos off your screen and in your hands. Inquire here.

Enjoy this couples’ images. My thanks to them for hiring me.

Maternity Session gratitude: Kerry Reddiar Make Up Artistry and Stephanie Chesterman for her on-location assistance.

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