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The Birth of Baby Adayah ~ Central New Jersey Birth Photographer

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Oh man, this little family of three holds such a special place in my heart! This is the first birth I've photographed since officially starting my business as a birth photographer. And this sweet family booked me THE DAY my site went live. I have so much gratitude for their confidence in me and excitement about my work.

They are also neighbors I've had the pleasure of meeting a time or two, though hadn't really gotten the chance to know them until recently. And goodness I'm glad I have! Alyssa and Noah are truly wonderful, radiant, strong, gracious people. They are also proud members of the Deaf community. This explains the appearance of so many hand signs throughout the photos.

Alyssa's labor was long. But the incredible support she had and her ability to go inside to a deep, strong, quiet place enabled her to be victorious in having the un(pain)medicated birth she'd hoped for.

Her support team included her husband, Noah, both Alyssa and Noah's mothers, their family friend and interpreter, Linda, and their midwife, Peggy. Alyssa also had really lovely and supportive nurses by her side. Noah and Alyssa's interpreter, Linda, was THE MOST supportive, encouraging, strong, animated, present, caring, calming, etc. support person I have ever had the pleasure of observing. I wish I could use her as my doula in the future!

One more detail I'd like to share with you. Upon arriving, as I waited to be let into the Labor & Delivery unit, a young man inside the family waiting area knocked on the glass to get my attention. His smile was friendly and eager and he made it clear that he wanted to "do knuckles" through the glass. We exchanged a fist-bump and a laugh before I was let it. It wasn't until all was said and done that I learned that he was one of Noah's brothers, Levi. He had waited so very patiently for sweet Adayah to arrive that I just had to stay for him to meet her. You'll see that meeting at the end of the slideshow.



A quick note on the music used in the slideshow for our Deaf friends: The slideshow is set to music at the request of the parents. The music is without lyrics, instrumental only. It is, in a word, cinematic. While I usually select music that crescendos at the moments leading up to the birth, conveying the drama of childbirth, this song is just the opposite. The music softens, becomes very simple, and almost meditative at the time of Adayah's birth -- most reflective of the quiet strength Alyssa showed.

And now for a few highlights...
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer

Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photography

Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer

Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Princeton New Jersey Birth Photographer
Noah, a poet, wrote and posted the below poem to social media while he, Alyssa, and Adayah were still in the hospital. With his permission, I wanted to share his beautiful words here with you all. 
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