October 13, 2020

It was two days before our move from Utah to Arizona. I had prayed and crossed my fingers that Jordan would go into labor, but it didn't look like it was going to happen. My backup photographers were in place for after I was gone and it broke my heart to give my mothers to them. I was especially sad to let go of this mother because she was a home-birth mama, and there is something really incredible about births like that. I was sorry I wouldn't get to be a part of it... until I got the call!

It would be difficult to pick my favorite thing about home births. Between being in the comfort of your own home, choosing which individuals are allowed in your birthing space, and knowing each of them intimately, and then being able to just stay in your own bed while everyone else attends to details of birth?

And then being able to birth in the water.

As I was editing Jordan's video, my husband happened to look over my shoulder and asked "that's it? She made it look so easy. She hardly made a sound." The consequence of an educated woman. Knowledge is power. Understanding is control.

I always say birth is transformative, especially for the birth mother. But that night transformed me. I will always remember Jordan's serenity, her partner's support, and her birth team's knowledge and compassion.


Susan is a birth photographer and videographer serving Mesa, Arizona and surrounding cities in the East Valley including Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Tempe. Considering a photographer for your birth? Contact Susan for EDD availability.

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