I am so happy to be able to share this birth story with you today! I feel like the story is as much about Declan’s arrival as it is about the undeniable love and commitment his parents have for each other. They are two of the most loving, kindest and sweetest people I have had the pleasure of knowing. It is always such an honor for me to be included in a couple’s birth plan. Birth is such an intimate and emotional experience for the family that my goal for every birth is to simply blend into the room and tell the story as it unfolds through my camera. The thing is that I become emotionally invested into each and every story so that I’m silently cheering every high and agonizing over every low along the way. Declan’s story is one of a roller coaster of emotions, and I am once again humbled to have been chosen to tell it.
Of course, I never know ahead of time exactly how my client’s birth story will unfold so I was excited when mom texted me that the doctors would be inducing Declan just two weeks shy of his due date. I’m not sure if Declan disagreed with the doctors’ assessment, but he did not seem to be in a hurry to enter this world. To say that the strength of a woman in labor amazes me is a huge understatement! With her husband by her side every second of every hour and loving family members present, this mom worked tirelessly over the course of nearly two days to meet her handsome little man at last. I was able to go back and forth to document bits and pieces of her early labor, in addition to active labor, and I’m so glad that I’m able to include a few of those moments since they’re a big part of his story.
I’m completely smitten with how much love radiates from Declan’s Mama as she is finally able to hold her son. I know he is worth everything and more to her. And through it all she had the love of her husband and family by her side.
Thank you for trusting me to document Declan’s birth story!
Stefanie Harrington is a Bethesda Birth Photographer, DC Birth Photographer and Northern Virginia Birth Photographer. Contact Stefanie Harrington Photography for more information about DC Northern Virginia Birth, Newborn, Family Photography. She is available for Birth Newborn Maternity and Family Photography and travels for clients.