Oklahoma City Birth Photographer | OU Women's Health Center of Edmond | Nathan's Birth Story

When I met Brianna, Alec, and Jackson over cupcakes in late October, Brianna told me when Jackson was born they had just moved to Oklahoma City, didn't know anyone, and didn't have time to find a birth photographer. His birth was a whirlwind, like most are, and she wanted to document Nathan's Birth Day better than Jackson's had been.

Brianna messaged me on the 14th letting me know her doctors visit had shown very little progression and "we may have a Christmas baby" I reassured her that the cervix is a tricky thing,  to relax, and just enjoy the time they have left as a family of three.

22 hours later I get a text from Brianna. "I've had contractions for a couple of hours and tried to take a bath, but they've just gotten stronger"

Just two hours after that... "Pretty sure my water broke, we're heading to the hospital now!"

What did I tell you about the cervix? ;)

Brianna labored for a few hours, and followed her birth plan to a T. (Birth plans don't always work out, so I'm SO SO happy for moms who are able to live out what they've been dreaming of for the past 10 months.) Sweet Nathan was born just after 3am, into a room full of love with his big brother and grandpas waiting patiently in the hallway.

Oklahoma City Birth Photographer | Women's Health Center of Edmond | Ezra's Unconventional Birth Story

I almost missed this birth.
Had any little thing gone slower, I would have missed it.
Jason sent me a text at 7:49pm that Katie's water had broken and I should head that way.
My gear was already loaded in the car and ready.
Google decided to give me four separate locations for the hospital, instead of the one it had given me earlier that day.
I got the correct address while driving towards the highway, behind what seemed like THE ONLY CAR TO EVER GO 30 IN A 45. (Don't be that guy, please)
I pulled up to the hospital, spotted the entrance where two ladies were standing outside (as it turns out, they were standing outside because the doors are locked after 7pm.)
Someone walked out of the hospital as I locked my car - I yelled for them to hold the door and ran across the parking lot.
The nurses in L&D had to check with Katie before allowing me back, in case she didn't want visitors. (I told them she definitely wanted me there)
I walked into Katie's room at 8:32
Ezra was born at 8:36

Katie had originally planned a home birth, and told me at length how she absolutely did not want a hospital birth, and that I was to please make the photos look as much like they weren't in a hospital as I could. When she delivered her baby in two pushes on the floor next to her bed, I realized I couldn't do what she asked, because even though she was in a hospital, this was nobody's hospital birth.