Delayed cord clamping (and why it's important!)

Being a birth photographer and now an expecting mama, I love learning anything and everything about birth! While I have known a little about delayed cord clamping, planning my own birth has made me research it even more. I quickly became so fascinated with the umbilical cord and knowing what I know now, I'm so excited to share! :)
 

In the image above, you can see the even after baby has been born for a bit, the umbilical cord is still pulsing and transferring blood to baby. The umbilical cord is incredible. It supplies the baby with oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood from the placenta. If we cut that cord immediately after baby is born, imagine all those final nutrients just being cut off instantly. The very life line your baby has had for the past 9 months, just cut off. When a baby is born, 1/3 of the baby's blood is in the external circulation system (cord & placenta)! 

Wouldn't it be amazing if we could just allow the placenta to pump the remaining blood and nutrients into baby and then cut? YOU CAN!! Whether you have a vaginal birth or a cesarean birth, delayed cord clamping is a request you can make for your baby.

So what are the benefits of delayed cord clamping?

Delaying the clamping of the cord allows more blood to transfer from the placenta to the baby, in most cases, increasing baby's blood volume up to a third. The iron in the blood increases baby's iron storage, and iron is essential for brain development.

The extra blood at birth helps the baby transition from life in the womb, where everything was provided for them by the placenta and the mother, to life in the outside world. 

Research shows that children that had delayed cord clamping (3-4 minutes) show higher scores in social skills and fine motor skills. 

Delayed clamping also results in the transfer of stem cells. Stem cells play an essential role in the development of the immune, respiratory, cardiovascular, and central nervous systems. The concentration of stem cells is highest at this time than any other time in life. Immediate cord clamping leaves nearly one third of those cells in the placenta!

In this image above, you can see a limp and white cord now ready to be detached from baby. In this particular home birth, baby was able to remain attached to his cords for approximately 30 minutes! <3
 

 

Birth {In between worlds}

This particular image was taken a few months ago at one of my births. While I delivered this image to my client, I never shared it to my followers. As 2015 came to an end and I started prepping, planning, and goal setting for BHP's upcoming year, I came across this photo unexpectedly.

Then it hit me, why NOT share this beautiful capture? This image not only shows a baby in between worlds, but just how amazing our female bodies really are! We can grow, nurture, and birth new life and that my friends, is pretty miraculous!

Now, I know not every client and laboring mother would want this image. This is why it's SO important that I meet with my clients and establish their vision and comfort level. All of my Birth Stories are uniquely and beautifully different, catered to that family. This is just another reason my "job" is so awesome. I not only get to capture a new life coming into this world, but I get to deliver those moments to my clients to have & to cherish for years to come.

 

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Happy New Year, friends! 2016 is going to crazy, exciting, scary, and amazing! I just can't wait <3

Monday Inspiration

"Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams" - Unknown

This weekend was a monumental time in my life. Not only did I turn another year older, but I truly had an ah-ha moment. Here I was Friday night, out with all my fabulous girlfriends, sipping on a cocktail, & I just stopped. These women were out celebrating not only my birthday, but they were celebrating ME. They brought thoughtful gifts, they said thoughtful things, but most importantly, they showed up. And it was at that moment I realized, these are my people. 

I know this all sounds a bit dorky & perhaps a bit cliche. But this weekend, and these women, was MUCH needed. I work hard, every single day, to create a life I am proud to live. I work hard, every single day, to create an art that shows women and families, the truest beauty of birth & family photography. And to have people who not only notice that, but believe in it, is such a wonderful feeling.

Aside from my amazing friends, I have been taking part in a group with other creatives in the Akron/Canton community titled The Rising Tide Society. The sole purpose of this organization, is to encourage each other. To build community over competition. How inspiring it has been to connect with so many talented people who are right here in my area! Not only that, but I have been able to connect with other birth and family photographers from all over the U.S. and the amount of appreciation I have for those new found friendships is immeasurable. 

The point of this Monday morning blog, is the quote that I started this off with. Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams. It will light a fire inside of you that will never burn out. It will awaken a part of you that you didn't even know existed. Not only do I get to chase my own dreams, but I have surrounded myself with people that will support & encourage those dreams. 

Take a deep look into your circle and your community. Are you competing or are you supporting? Are they supporting you? If not, make a change. 

Much love,

*B


Favorites Part One: Maternity

The other evening, I was going through and organizing my photos from the past few months. After seeing so many beautiful maternity photos, I was compelled to write a post about them! It was hard not to post all 6 million of them, especially when I had to narrow them down to only five images! 

Each of these photos make me feel something when I look at them. That is why I am so madly in love with photography, especially Motherhood photography. There is just something so overwhelmingly beautiful about a mother and it's a beauty I will never grow tire of!

In no particular, my top five favorite maternity images thus far...

&nbsp;This photo was taken in Savannah, Georgia. This expecting mother's style was so beautiful. I love the simplicity of this studio image and the black&nbsp;and white edit. I feel this is such a powerful image on so many levels.&nbsp;

 This photo was taken in Savannah, Georgia. This expecting mother's style was so beautiful. I love the simplicity of this studio image and the black and white edit. I feel this is such a powerful image on so many levels. 


This image is similar to the one above, but also different to me. This mama's glowing skin tone against all that white just radiates beauty. The dress was made for her expecting belly and I just can't get over how beautiful it turned out!

This image is similar to the one above, but also different to me. This mama's glowing skin tone against all that white just radiates beauty. The dress was made for her expecting belly and I just can't get over how beautiful it turned out!

This photo was a capture in Savannah as well. Those trees, the&nbsp;color of her dress, and that belly! The stars just aligned during this shoot and the&nbsp;beauty that came from it leaves me in absolute awe

This photo was a capture in Savannah as well. Those trees, the color of her dress, and that belly! The stars just aligned during this shoot and the beauty that came from it leaves me in absolute awe

THIS photo is not only beautiful, but it holds special meaning. This is Robyn, the mama from my very first home birth out in Colorado this past June. This image captures the pure and raw beauty of a woman's expecting body. It shows just how low baby boy was and how gorgeous mama was at that very moment. I feel a sense of sexiness and empowerment when I look at this. It really is such an amazing moment and I am so glad I was able to capture it!

THIS photo is not only beautiful, but it holds special meaning. This is Robyn, the mama from my very first home birth out in Colorado this past June. This image captures the pure and raw beauty of a woman's expecting body. It shows just how low baby boy was and how gorgeous mama was at that very moment. I feel a sense of sexiness and empowerment when I look at this. It really is such an amazing moment and I am so glad I was able to capture it!

And lastly, the beautiful Tarae! This photo means so much to me. The colors behind her, that flower crown, and that flowing dress...gah! I also love this because it was taken right around the corner from my house. I love that there are so many beautiful locations to photograph within minutes of where I'm at!     Thanks so much for stopping by &amp; reading today's post! Please be sure to leave a comment letting me know you were here! xoxo

And lastly, the beautiful Tarae! This photo means so much to me. The colors behind her, that flower crown, and that flowing dress...gah! I also love this because it was taken right around the corner from my house. I love that there are so many beautiful locations to photograph within minutes of where I'm at!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by & reading today's post! Please be sure to leave a comment letting me know you were here! xoxo

Landrie Alexis

Landrie Alexis was born April 23, weighing in at 9 lbs 12 oz! I had the privilege of photographing Lindsay's maternity photos this past winter & being able to photograph sweet Landrie within 24 hours of her entering this world was so amazing! Her sweet little cheeks & adorable facial expressions just melted my heart. Here are just a few favorites from our session at Akron General hospital! :)

 

    

 

 

&nbsp;Proud daddy!&nbsp;

 Proud daddy! 

Lindsay's Winter Maternity Session

When Lindsay contacted me, I don't think she was ready for how much a vision I had for her session! I knew I really wanted to pick a day where the snow was fresh but the air didn't hurt our faces. This past Sunday, we had just that! It was so hard to choose which ones I wanted to post but here are the ones I narrowed down to my favorites!


       

 

 

 

Those trees! That snow! My beautiful model! It truly was such a perfect day & I am so grateful Lindsay braved it with me! She was such a good sport & I am so in love with the results! <3