I met Steven and Alysia at the birth preparation class in August at Gerald Champion Regional Hospital in Alamogordo. After seeing my presentation for my birth photography, this couple decided to hire me as their birth photographer.
We met another time to discuss the details, I answered questions and talked about other birth stories. From this time on, we stayed in close contact and Alysia sent me updates from her doctors visits. On September, 10th, Alysia’s water broke about at lunch time. Right away, they went to the hospital to make sure that she is in good hands.
I received my updates about contractions and dilation status while I still had a family session up in Cloudcroft and planned on going to the annual German Airforce Oktoberfest at Holloman Airforce Base. After my family session, I decided to go to the Oktoberfest and still got my updates. At 9 p.m. I left as Alysia was already 6 cm dilated. I arrived at the GCRMC at about 9.45 p.m.
Little Amelia did not have any rush. She took her time. I was sitting in a corner in the room with Alysia and Steven. Steven held hands with Alysia all the time. He really took good care of her. The nurses checked her from time to time and after midnight they started to say that the baby should arrive as the water has been broken for over 12 hours now.
It still took till 3.45 a.m. until Amelia was born. During the delivery, unfortunately, the little girl got stuck with her shoulder behind a bone and Alysia did not have enough power and energy anymore to move her forward. The team at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center did all what they could do to birth the baby. Amelia was born and this team made sure that mom and baby got their best medical inspection as possible.
Alysia is a very strong mom and did a wonderful job by giving birth to Amelia. Both, Steven and Alysia are the happiest parents in the world.
I am still looking back and get tears in my eyes, tears of happiness, tears of helplessness, tears of love!
A birth of a child is a very natural situation and therefore it is the best story a photographer can ever tell.
Thank you so much, Steven & Alysia that I was part of your birth story. I could not be more honored.