How has birth changed you as a woman?
I have since become aware of how truly strong I am, physically, mentally and emotionally. Declan’s delivery & recovery were hard on all of us in so many ways. But we made it through, and I’ve never been more impressed with myself. Before Declan was born, if you had told me that I would go through something like that and recover so quickly, I would have never believed you. I find that I have more faith in myself now that I have lived through such a trying situation.
What advice do you wish you had known before giving birth (even if it’s something gross)?
Do NOT wear DEPENDS instead of pads after you give birth, you WILL GET diaper rash & IT WILL BE MISERABLE!
Tell us a little about your birth story?
NOTHING (EVER) went as planned! After 38 hours of induced labor, 3 epidurals, 3.5 hours of pushing, an infection for Mama & Baby, an emergency C-section (with multiple complications), one brand spanking new collapsed lung, and a 40 hour NICU stay later… the greatest thing that has ever happened to us was here & NONE of those other things mattered!
What are your 3 must have birth bag items?
Toms Slippers! (They were the best & they have a sole so you don’t slip!)
Angel Soft toilet paper! (theirs is rough and cheap!)
A fresh towel from home! (nice and soft and smells so so good!)
What is one thing you find beautiful about birth?
There is a quote I hear all the time, and I feel like it is the truest thing I have ever heard “Labor is the only blind date where you know you will meet the love of your life.” After all the craziness, the pain, the tiring hours, the changes in birth plans, you look at that that sweet little face and it all melts away.
What would you tell someone who just found out they were pregnant?
Enjoy it! I have never ever felt more beautiful, or been happier with my body. It is the MOST FUN I have ever had! Other than being Declan’s mother of course 😉
What are your beauty must haves while pregnant?
I didn’t like to wear heavy foundation while I was pregnant, because I became hot very easily so I used Dr. Jart + black label Detox BB Beauty Balm under my powder. It was my favorite thing to use, it gave me great coverage, while taking care of my skin & without being too heavy.
Kind words about your photographer?
Stefanie was incredibly calming. Whenever she entered the room an instant wave of calm washed over all of us. Stefanie stood as a symbol of strength & stability for myself & my family while the entire world was in a whirlwind around us. We could not have asked for a better presence to share Declan’s delivery with. Our photos & slideshow were ABOVE and BEYOND anything we could have EVER IMAGINED! They absolutely took our breath away. We are more than impressed & more than thrilled that we decided to have Stefanie share in & document this incredible event with us. She was not just a photographer to us, we’re lucky enough to consider her a friend.
I’m a birth, newborn and family photographer based in Washington, D.C. I specialize in creative and modern photography with a timeless feel. My goal for each of my amazing clients is to capture beautiful moments and personalities. Birth photography is a big and growing passion of mine, and I accept a limited number each year in order to give my clients the time and attention they need. Being a DC birth photographer and being invited into this special and emotional time for a family is probably my favorite part of my job!