As a birth photographer, the only certainty is that each birth will be different and every baby has their own story to tell.  And let me tell you, Mr. Benjamin wanted to write his for the story books! I got the call at 37 weeks that it looked like he was coming. I panicked a bit because I was out of town and did not want to miss his birth. Luckily we had anticipated a possible early arrival earlier in the week and my amazing backup, Megan Montalvo, was able to meet with Alicia and I in the event she was called in. When I got the call, Alicia was having contractions every couple of minutes, but after many hours of no progression she was sent home. Selfishly, I have to admit that I was relieved because I had come to really love Alicia and her boys, and I really wanted to see her welcome her third boy into this world!

For the next four weeks Alicia would have frequent and intense contractions only to find out little progress had been made. She was tired, but let me tell you, I have never been more impressed with a Mama. Her perseverance and strength is admirable, and it would later show even more as she was able to work through an intense labor completely unmedicated. Alicia, I can only hope to be as strong as you when my time comes. Truly.

At 41 weeks, Alicia was scheduled for her induction. With her birth entourage in tow, we made our way up to Labor and Delivery at Madigan Army Medical Center. Between the nurses, midwife, Dad, two big brothers, Alicia’s sister, doula and myself…we had quite the packed room!  But I have to tell you, it was one of the most intense and remarkable births I have had the honor of documenting. Alicia needed every person in that room at some point and when it was their turn, they stepped in and helped Alicia work through every contraction.

After a couple hours of working through different positions with her doula to try to encourage baby to drop, Alicia decided to try and get some rest since she was still at about 5cm. Less than 30 minutes later, Bobby came out and told me that things were picking up and I should probably come back in. It was a good thing I did! A few minutes later, Alicia’s midwife encouraged her to stand at the end of the bed and before she could even stand up all the way her water broke. 30 minutes later, weighing nine pounds and eleven ounces, Benjamin entered the world.

Alicia, Bobby, and family, thank you for choosing me to document Benjamin’s birth story. It has been an honor to get to know your family and document your journey. I wish you the very best as you make your way back to the midwest. We will miss you here in WA!

Happy Birthday, Benjamin. This is your birth story!

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Doula: Kimble Birth Services

  1. Dawn says:

    You are such a talented birth photographer! This JBLM family is going to treasure these. You documented this beautiful intimate time perfectly. I am so honored that you were able to photograph my birth as well at St Josephs. Can’t wait to see the blog for that after reading this one. Beautiful story. Looks like she was in good hands at Madigan!

  2. Tina says:

    What a beautiful birth story on JBLM! You captured so many real moments and they will be treasured!

  3. WOW what an amazing JBLM birth photographer you are! This birth story you did of Benjamin came out awesome! I love how it was all in black and white. Perfect!

  4. Casey says:

    What a gift you have given this family as their JBLM birth photographer! Their birth story captured at Madigan Army Medical Clinic was perfect!

  5. Christine D says:

    I was lost in this birth story and the beautiful photos, and then I saw the one of Dad crying, and I really lost it too! You told this story so beautifully. I can feel all the pain and exhaustion and joy when I see these images. This family will treasure these!

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