Missoula Woman- Family & Birth

Megan found me on Instagram- searching home birth hashtags for Missoula. When we consulted I was blown away by her fierce energy to have the birth experience she felt best for her self and her baby. She was this petite bubbly, messy bunned mama on the screen of my computer bursting with energy and chatter in the most positive light.
She was planning on a home birth. She talked with such conviction, such confidence, self love, reasonable expectations based on thorough birth research- I couldn’t help but be left with a tingling excitement for HER and myself- that I was being invited to witness her birth story.
I get to call Megan my friend. We have had countless birth aware and birth justice conversations over food and coffee dates. We have hiked together, laughed, cried, adventured, created art. I love her little family. I had the honor of photographing her first and now second birth stories. Megan is a lover, a lover of birth and women’s birth rights, lover of hard work, her husband and babies- you can see in her eyes and gorgeous dimpled smile she has a pure joy for life. She is a cup filler. Her children are lucky to have her. Our community is lucky to know her.

Cesarean Privilege. Missoula Birth Photographer.

Community Medical Center. Missoula Montana.

I felt very familiar with the doors I was about to enter. The double doors. The white, white, bright room. The OR. I am a cesarean mama of four children. I have four stories. I will share them with you, just ask.  Mine are filled with emotion, uncertainty, anxiety, anticipation, surrender, complications, fear, tears, joy, babies.  

I love my stories. 

Birth mama was just glad I could be in the OR documenting this transformative day. Then I was invited to come around to the other side of the curtain by the OB! You can just imagine the goosebumps I got. What a gift to give. I stepped gingerly, was barely breathing.

Quietly baby came, budding into the light.