jake is born

Saturday night (actually Sunday reeeeeeeeeally early morning) I had the first of what I hope to be many birth shoots. It was an incredible experience and I am so lucky and honored that Jenn & Scott let me share this most special of days with them. I  am still on a high from the shoot and watching a new life come into this world. Watching what the human body is capable of was seriously awe inspiring. Many thanks to Jenn & Scott for allowing me into their lives at a very private time, to Winthrop Hospital, Dr. Dilenna, Michelle (Jenn’s nurse), Tricia (my on call “in” just in case), Val (Jenn’s mom and other birth coach), and all of Jenn & Scott’s families who kept me awake and laughing in the waiting room during the long haul wait.

I arrived at the hospital at around 11pm, finally got into Jenn’s room at around 2:30am, and witnessed Jake Martin being born at 3:58am. He was 7 pounds, 7 ounces, 21.5″ long and miraculous!

Please watch the video to see all the pictures (ok, well not ALL the pictures but everything that was suitable to post on the internet!) of Jake’s birth. Jenn & Scott, I can’t thank you enough!! Wishing you every happiness with your new little family. And I can’t wait for the newborn shoot!!

I just wanted to add that:

1. I hope you cried or at least got chills during the video. I’d love to hear what you think, please feel free to comment below.

2. That my favorite picture from the whole night was Jenn having her celebratory lollipop while texting and Dr. Dilenna stitching her up. That is SO totally her.

and 3. If there are any expectant mothers out there who are interested in a birth session, I’d looooove to do another one. I think I’m addicted!

HEIDI - June 21, 2011 - 9:04 am

That was amazing!

ELLEN BEYRER - June 21, 2011 - 9:11 am

This was so beautiful. You captured the emotions of Mom and Dad after Jake was delivered. What a great experience! You did a magnificent job.

AMANDA D - June 21, 2011 - 9:29 am

Amazing job!! Deffinetly had tears and chills…very moving! What a wonderful gift to this family!!! I am in love with this!!

MOMMY DEAREST - June 21, 2011 - 10:13 am

Too bad you weren’t able to take such wonderful pictures when I gave birth…oh, you were there…just a little too busy to work a camera! I am one very proud mommy of my wonderful and talented daughter!

GERI RICCARDI - June 21, 2011 - 10:24 am

This is so beautiful. Lots of tissues, What a wonderful keepsake.

JANICE BURKE - June 21, 2011 - 11:11 am

What a beautiful gift for them. You are so brave Beth. Such a wonderful miracle-you captured every emotion. What an artist you are. Congratulations to all!!

AMY M. - June 21, 2011 - 1:17 pm

Beth! I have been following you and your blog for how long…I would have to say that this is possibly your most amazing work yet! Oh, my…the emotions that I felt watching this video and looking at these photographs (for a family I don’t even know), was pure beauty! This will be a keepsake that they will cherish forever and always…
Where were you when my two boys were born?
Okay, I have to go wipe some more tears. Beautiful. just beautiful. I think you found your new speciality! 😉

xoxoxoxo, Amy

EILEEN - June 21, 2011 - 1:34 pm

Beautiful! The best 5 minutes of my day so far!!!! You have a real gift Beth! Really awesome.

SUZANNE - June 21, 2011 - 2:00 pm

I’m in awe. Your best work ever! Beautiful, just beautiful!

NATALIE - June 21, 2011 - 3:59 pm

Absolutely beautiful. I was moved to tears!!! This is truly amazing !!!! Took my breath away.

NATALIE LICINI - June 21, 2011 - 4:00 pm

Absolutely beautiful! I was moved to tears. This was truly amazing and took my breath away!

EVA FOX - June 21, 2011 - 8:14 pm

OK, I cried AND had goosebumps throughout the video
1. You did an AMAZING job with the video, aside from the beautiful photos, you captured the emotions, the aniticipation, the struggle and the joy of the experience.
2. I love the texting pic too!
3. Dad’s expressions are priceless and
4. I only wish I looked that good during transition and afterwards!
5. LOL Wish I could do it again and have you there… sigh

LUCY - June 21, 2011 - 8:15 pm

So beautiful. And yes, the tears were absolutely flowing. Your work is amazing Beth!

JEANNINE AIRO - June 21, 2011 - 9:06 pm

That was amazing….so well photographed, and the music was beautiful. How fortunate for you to be present for such a moment. Beautifully captured…..I cried! I hope you are given this opportunity many many more times.

JULIANNE MARKE - June 21, 2011 - 9:26 pm

Wow!!! Just cried my eyes out! Beautiful> great job Beth Just beautiful

GRETA - June 22, 2011 - 11:24 am

Beth, of COURSE I cried! That was absolutely beautiful! I hope you get to do many more and will look forward to watching each one. Great work!!

I love the ones with her Mom smiling while holding her knee. And all the family crowding in to see at the end. Love the clock shots. Too many favorites to name…

The whole thing is beautiful and well done!

MARIANNE BOCHILO - June 23, 2011 - 1:47 pm

That was the most amazing video. I cried – of course. It was so incredible. Thank you for making such an amazing video/photos Beth and thank you to the brave parents for allowing you to be a witness to the miracle of their childs birth.

JOE SANFILIPPO - June 24, 2011 - 8:59 am

That was absolutely amazing!

FRANCA GERRARD - July 6, 2011 - 1:25 pm

Beautiful, as always, Beth. Love the picture of Dr. D!

PATRICE - July 17, 2011 - 12:44 pm

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!! I want another just to have a video like this!!
Amazing shots! Captured the “DAD’S” feelings WOW!!! And Mom looks much too pretty to be giving birth! Baby is beautiful, what a blessing.
Beth nothing shy of perfect glad to told me to look! LOVED IT!
Congrats to all!!!

JENN & BABY JAKE - August 15, 2011 - 11:49 am

Hey there…this is Baby Jake’s mom (the girl pushing in the video…lol). I finally has the opportunity to read the posts on the Blog and I must say that Beth has an amazing talent. I cried my eyes out and my heart pounded while watching the video in the hospital. The nurses walked in during my tear session and suggested I be sent for postpartum treatment. I explained it was tears of joy. I then allowed the nurses to watch the video so they can understand….they too cried their eyes out. (Needless to say there was no postpartum here)! Beth, you have gifted my family with the most amazing memories. I can’t wait to pop out a few more and have you there to capture each and every moment. To see my husband so vulnerable in those pictures really shocked me. How the heck did you capture that? I LOVE YOU!

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