When Billie first told me she was pregnant I was over the moon for her, Rob and big sister to be Elsie and quickly started a bump diary for her (you can see that here). I had always wanted to photograph a birth but fully appreciated, from my own labour experiences, that this is not for everyone. So when Billie said she’d like me to be there to photograph their baby being born I got serious butterflies! I was very aware from the start that they may change their mind and throughout the pregnancy I gave them a get out of birth photography free card. I was very conscious that this was going to be a seriously personal experience for Billie and Rob. I was clear from the outset that, even with me there, it was their experience and I was there to document it for them.
Even though they never wavered about wanting me there I always had it in my head that it may not happen. Even when we knew Billie was being induced on Saturday night my bag was packed but I still wasn’t fully expecting the call. At 4.30am on Sunday morning when the call came I swear I have never moved so fast! I was out the house in 12 minutes and at Liverpool Womens Hospital 8 minutes later.
Contractions were coming thick and fast but Billie was a warrior. She was calm and in control and even managing to laugh and joke in-between contractions. Rob was an amazing birth partner and seeing him calm and support Billie was heart warming. I couldn’t have been any prouder of them both. Their midwives Jane and Maria were incredible and student midwife Leanne stayed over an hour after her shift ended so that she could see their baby being born. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful hospital on our doorstep.
Seeing this beautiful baby being born was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had, both personally and photographically. There is no hiding the complete euphoria of meeting your baby for the very first time and feeling love that compares to nothing else. I can’t thank Billie and Rob enough for allowing me to document the birth of their precious baby boy, it was the biggest honour I’ve ever had.
Welcome to the world Finn, I love you and I always will.