Newborn Sessions after a traumatic birth

It was soon after the birth that Morgan contacted me and informed me that they had a very scary, life and death kind of birth. She sent me her birth story and it had me in tears. The fear in her words and the empathy she felt for her husband when she was talking about how he thought he might lose her.

When I walked into their home, a home that Lachlan had built with his own two hands and is still in the process of building, I could feel the most intense love and adoration for each other. It was as if they had been through the worst of it and were now clinging on to every inch of happiness that baby Bo brought them.

I know it's not easy to get your photos taken after such an experience but please remember these three things:

  1. I am a midwife, I have an open heart and listening ears and I am happy to listen to your story 1,000 times over. Being heard is so important.
  2. You can 100% delay your newborn shoot. Baby's grow at a record pace and I generally recommend the first two weeks before they start getting chunky. But if you need time to heal, space to breath in your new little life undisturbed, please let me know and we can organise a new date.
  3. I don't care if I walk in and you look a mess. I have walked into a house at 11am and the woman was skin-to-skin in bed with her newborn, they had a bad night. I just captured that exact exhausted moment. I went to another home and could hear her in the shower when I arrived and yelled "HOW ARE YOU" and she replied rushing out in a towel "having a bad mental health day!" and she chucked some lippy on and we got the most gorgeous images. Please don't feel like you have to be anything other than yourself.

A traumatic birth is life altering, but your newborn stage is still worth documenting