This sweet couple welcomed their first baby girl, after having three of the most handsome boys you could ask for! This was not mama's first home birth, nor her first water birth...she was such a warrior, and what a beautiful, empowering water birth it was! Baby Margot came out covered in a thick layer of vernix (a cheesy-like substance that protects the baby's sensitive skin in-utero), and a full head of dark hair. So honored to witness this family welcome Margot earthside, and even more amazing to see the incredible Terri and Annabelle, of Spokane River Midwives, in action.
Terri and Annabelle are truly are some of the most calm, loving, and inspiring women I have ever met. They are both so incredibly respectful of a mother's needs/wants, as well as their partner's. They have such a great sense of balance between the seriousness, and the sense of humor you must have to give birth, and to work in the birth field.
I adore these two so much and what they stand for, and I really look forward to future deliveries with them. If you are interested in having a home birth or want to learn more about the opportunity, please consider these two for your attending midwives!
World Breastfeeding Month, 2015 - Spokane, Washington Breastfeeding Photographer
Every year we recognize August as World Breastfeeding Month, which means my annual breastfeeding mini sessions! I have the amazing honor of documenting huge milestones in these mother's breastfeeding relationships, it gives me great joy to be hired for such an personal thing.
It was fantastic to see some familiar faces from the previous year's mini sessions and get to photograph yet another year of breastfeeding. I also had the opportunity of meeting some new mamas, which was lovely speaking with them about their journey so far. Thank you ALL who participated in this year's mini sessions, and I look forward to next year! :)
Although I no longer photograph weddings, I was asked by a dear friend for an hour of my time to photograph her elopement, and I happily obliged. After the ceremony, her little Jupiter got a little thirsty, so she and her best friend nursed together right in front of her family.
It was such a beautiful, natural thing to witness...I just *had* to get a few pictures, of course!
There were a ton of nursing moms that came out to The Big Latch On event at Mother's Haven, making this year another big success for Idaho and Washington nursing moms and their supporters.
Thankful for the amazing Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project and the opportunity to not only show how beautiful and natural it is, but to also help normalize public breastfeeding in our culture.
Natalie Bee is a Spokane, Washington-based Birth Doula and Photographer, a mother of four willings, and a PNW native.