The Birth of Elle

.the birth of elle.

2:30pm- Very little progression, mom still had quite a ways to go.
4:49pm- Beautiful baby girl is here, and being cradled in the arms of her amazing mama.

Every birth is unique.  I could have never anticipated how quickly this one would have gone (for a first time mom, too!)  I raced to the hospital, ran up stairs and arrived within moments of this little girl making her entrance.  However, amiss the adrenaline and chaos, the one thing that did not surprise me is how well Hillary handled her fast labor with ease and an overwhelming sense of calm.   Anyone who knows this couple will confirm it:  They are meant to be parents.

I watched, observed, and snapped away as a family of two became a family of three.  Let me tell you what, it never gets old.  I am deeply grateful when parents welcome me into the sacred birthing space to document new life.  

  Baby Elle is profoundly blessed.  

Congratulations Matt & Hillary.  I'm so excited for you, and so lucky to call you friends.

Elle Cherie Oeltjenbruns
Born 11.20.2013 at 4:49pm
7lbs 10oz, 20 inches long

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