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"Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation. Where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body a miracle of wisdom."

~ Harriette Hartigan

Background Info and Context Our last birth was an unassisted one and I loved it. But this time we hired a midwife, due mostly to my husband’s desire for one, but I also sensed the Lord wanted to show me how to lean into others and receive care (something I am not great at). We […]

my birth stories :: gilbert ignatius

November 15, 2022

I’m going to let the mama — Iona — tell this story in her own words. My images follow. The moment I found out I was pregnant with Laelia, I knew I was not done having children. Chris however had different plans, but we let fate/the universe/god decide, and on sept 5 2019 (one day […]

birth photography :: yorke elara

February 2, 2021

There is so much wrapped up in this birth for me, sisters. I wrote it all down just a week after she was born, all the details and all the facts, even as I was still unsure how to make meaning of or peace with aspects of it. But I’ve been very nervous to share […]

my birth stories :: agatha wren sue

November 14, 2020

In the months leading up to Wylde’s birth, I got to know her mama more deeply, and as I learned about the story of her, my anticipation swelled. What an incredibly special birth to be a part of. Here is the story in Shay’s own words (followed by photos): Long before I became a mom […]

birth photography :: wylde hope

November 8, 2019

Today is Brecken’s first birthday, and to celebarate, his mama Leigh-Ann is sharing his family-filled birth story here for us. What follows are her words, and then a large selection of images I made as this story was unfolding. Settle in and soak in its goodness. ———- The stormy night of August 26th, 2018, I […]

birth :: brecken thomas

August 29, 2019

All the words in this post are from the mama – Courtney. She writes beautifully. I have nothing to add (except photos, which are below her story). Enjoy it when you have several minutes to sit down and relish it! – brooke The weeks leading up to march 20th were full of anticipation and many […]

birth :: levi palmer

August 16, 2019

A fourth baby, a first home birth. That carries with it a fresh excitement for a new experience AND a bit of a dream-coming-true joy. Katie knew that she had quick births and that though the very near proximity of their new home to the hospital would mean she could literally walk over there to […]

birth :: gwen marian

July 14, 2019

The birth photographer life is a crazy one, sisters. Well, any kind of birth worker life is crazy, really. But in this story, i’m playing the role of photographer (for the 3rd time for this family!). And on a pretty typical weekday evening I got a text from Jed (the baby daddy) at about 9:50 […]

birth photography :: lexi joy

June 4, 2019

I knew Courtney a while before this much-wanted and waited for baby began growing inside her. And there’s something just SO wonderful about a baby that comes after waiting, isn’t there? At the time it’s so difficult, and then it’s SO GOOD. Courtney and Mitch have been in love a long time. They’re solid, healthy, […]

a walk with a sister :: courtney

February 23, 2019

Attempting a vaginal birth after a cesarean section is a brave thing to do. It is brave because to do it is like giving birth for the first time, physically and emotionally. It is also brave because we live in a culture that likes to proclaim it impossible: “Once a cesarean section mama, always a […]

birth photography :: landon matthew

February 6, 2019

Brooke Collier is a holist doula, christian birthkeeper, and birth photographer serving Grand rapids, MI and West Michigan and offering childbirth education around the world.

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