2016 was a wonderful year for me. Personal growth as a wife, mother and photographer. In 2016 I captured 19 births starting in April all the way through December. Each and everyone was unique and beautiful. My eyes have been open to every angle of birth. After many hours spent culling and reculling, I have decided on my top images to submit for the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers birth photography competition. There are four categories I have entered in; labor, delivery, details, and postpartum.
The beauty of this contest is that it brings exposure to birth, allowing the world to normalize all different types of birth. As January Harshe (from BirthWithoutFearBlog.com) says:
"I do not care what kind of birth you have... a homebirth, a scheduled cesarean, epidural hospital birth, or if you birth alone in the woods next to a baby deer. I care that you had options, that you were supported in your choices, and that you were respected."