The birth story of Jasmine Ruth

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I have another birth story for you. But I'm not going to tell this one. This Mama's journey to motherhood is best told by her. Infertility and adoption aren't talked about enough. I hope Brandy's story inspires you, just as she's inspired me.

"After my loving husband and I endured eight years of infertility, two rounds of IVF and one miscarriage, God led us to complete our family through adoption. We had always discussed it but had not yet put anything into action. Once we started the process, I felt strongly led specifically to adopt a baby girl. A year after starting the process, we were blessed with our daughter Lillian Belle on 04/01/2016. We knew we had always wanted to have at least two children but wanted to wait to start the process again. February 2017 brought us a surprise opportunity to adopt, but we felt that it was not what God had planned for us. This experience did make us address that we were indeed ready to adopt again. We met Kayla Reeder, after she was recommended by my best friend for Lillie’s First Birthday pictures and asked her to take a couple of pictures to announce our wanting to start our second adoption. Before we could use those pictures to make our announcement, we got the most amazing news. We believe in open adoption and had kept in touch with Lillian’s birth family who has also became an extension to our family. So the same day that we received our pictures from Kayla, also became the same day that we were asked to adopt Lillian’s sibling. In May, I was blessed to experience something that I thought would be impossible in my life. I witnessed the ultrasound and discovery that the baby we were adopting was another baby girl. God had given us her name the night before: Jasmine Ruth. We also found out the due date was August, but July brought us our baby girl. She was several weeks early, so her first week of life, we spent with her in the NICU but the day we left to bring her home was one of those wonderfully unforgettable days. Our life is doubly blessed because of our two girls who have brought such joy, love and happiness to our life. We adore that they have each other and know this is something that only God could have done."

Hudson fast & furious natural birth in Crestview, FL

Hailey knew what day she was going to have her surprise gender baby and she knew baby was going to come quick! I just didn't realize how quick. Alex messaged me that morning to let me know she was 6-7cm so I took my time and headed her way since she was only 10 minutes from my house. I walked up to labor and delivery with no since of urgency. after all she was just entering transition.. as soon as I walked through the doors I was met by a nurse who asked if I was going to be in the room during delivery, of course I answered... "You better hurry" ... I ran down the hall to her room where Dr Hamby was just walking in! I quickly got to work, documenting those last minutes before her son was Earthside. It's A BOY dad said! The room was full of joy! Just look at Dr Hamby's face! What a blessing to call this my career! Documenting these perfect moments for amazing people! 

A huge thank you to Dr Hamby & the sweet nurses at North Okaloosa Medical Center for their excellent care and welcoming my camera into their space.

Hailey & Alex, congratulations! I am so happy for you and your family of FIVE! Hudson is one loved little boy!

The beautiful hospital birth of Kenadee in Crestview, FL

I love this birth story because it has such a happy ending. My mom works with Nicole! She told me that Nicole's husband may not be there for the birth of their first daughter. I immediately got into contact with Nicole to see what we could do.. WELLL just 4 days before Kenadee made her debut DADDY WAS HOME!  What a relief. After UNDER TEN MINUTES OF PUSHING (I know.. WHAAATTTTTT) Kenadee was born at North Okaloosa Medical Center with an amazing and supportive staff, including Dr Hamby, who is an absolute joy to work with.

So proud of you Nicole, you rocked baby Kenadees birth. It was an honor to be there for you & Steven!

The Vaginal Twin Birth of Liv & Mila at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center

Chelsea and I talked about her birth plan months before she actually gave birth. I was so excited that she and her care provider had made the decision to attempt a vaginal delivery. I asked her to tell me a little about that, I'd love to share her words with you all:

"Wow. Where do I begin, we found out mid February that my husband and I would be welcoming not one, but two babies into this crazy world. To join our other two kids, Addyson and Waylon. I remember that first doctors appointment like it was yesterday, and one of the first questions was, “am I going to be able to deliver them vaginally” my doctor told me we will do what we can. Later on as the pregnancy progressed and the babies were doing well, baby A was head down already around 20 weeks and my doctor told me as long as Liv (baby A) stayed head down, we would be able to deliver the way I hoped. And we did. We had the twins on August 18,2017. I had delivered vaginally with both of my singletons. And I thought this would be just the same, I was wrong. I had not one but two epidurals that didn’t work, so the pain was something I had never felt. It was the most excruciating pain. I thought it was never going to end and I kept thinking i just can’t do this. I just want to have a c-section. But next thing I knew I was being checked and wheeled off to the O. R room for delivery. Liv was born first, posterior aka, sunny side up and 10 minutes later Mila followed behind. The pain was gone, the twins were here and they were every bit of perfection. It was all worth it. We left the hospital 2 days later. No nicu for the twins, no health issues. And Kayla Reeder documented every little thing. She made life long memories for me and my family, that I will cherish forever. "

Chelsea you were so absolutely amazing! It was an honor to document Liv & Mila's birth!

Carter's hospital birth at Fort Walton beach Medical Center

I love telling birth stories through images but the words aren't mine to share. This is Carter's birth story written by her strong, amazing mother.

"I was 40 weeks and 1 day pregnant when I went to my last OB appointment June 12th, 2017 to check my amniotic fluid levels, as they had been dropping for about 2 weeks. 

 Dr. Seaton decided that I needed to be induced that night because my fluid levels were too low to continue carrying until labor started on its own. It was exciting and scary all at once knowing our lives were about to change and our precious baby girl would be here the next day.

I got to the hospital at around 8:30, and Dr. Seaton broke my water at midnight. My contractions started immediately. I had chosen to give birth as naturally as I could with no epidural, and I truly believed I was prepared for what I was about to experience. I walked the hallways, sat on a yoga ball, and moved as much as I could, and eventually the pain was so intense that I could not stay still. I was dilated to 4 cm for hours, and my body just would not progress on its own. Carter's heart rate was dropping, and I eventually 'faced the music" and asked for an epidural . As soon as I had received it, I began to progress very quickly and was able to rest. Before I knew it, it was time to push and bring our baby girl into the world!

 I pushed for approximately 15 minutes with vacuum extraction assistance before Carter Amelia took her first breath. When she was placed on my chest, I could not stop the tears and the love I felt for this slimy little purple thing I had just given life too. I was in disbelief that after 9 long months of anticipation and excitement, and 15 hours & 36 minutes of labor had ended in this one fleeting moment. My pregnancy had just ended, but it was only the beginning of a much bigger chapter in my life: Motherhood.

Her first few moments in the world were just a little bit rough for her, as she had fluid in her lungs and they had to use suction to remove it. She was such a trooper and got through it with no problems!  She was perfect: 7 lbs and 10 oz of cuddly cuteness, 20.5 inches long, 10 little fingers, 10 tiny toes, a pretty little nose, the sweetest cheeks.... She certainly was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen in my life and I had given birth to to her. She was mine!  I could never explain in words the amount of love I experienced that day. Every little bit of her was an answered prayer.

My husband, Richard, and my Mom were there supporting me through the entire process, and I could not have asked for a better support group. I had such an amazing group of nurses and hospital staff at the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, and I am so thankful for everything they did for me to help me feel as comfortable as possible.

And I am so thankful to my wonderful birth photographer who captured all of those moments, and because of her, I will get to keep them forever. I could never thank her enough for her support and the wonderful job she did!"

The Best of 2017

It's that time of year. The time of year where you reflect on the highs and lows and make goals for the next year. This year was such an amazing one for KRP. I was able to witness 22 beautiful births (and one more due any day now!) Each woman worked so hard to bring their little one/s into the world. The beauty and strength of the birthing woman is out of this world. I feel so incredibly blessed to have been able to hold space for these women. I look forward to serving even more women and families next year as the expand their families.

After spending way too many hours going through each gallery I've chosen one image from their birth to share here as my Best of 2017. May these images show you just how STRONG women truly are, and inspire you.

Thank you to each family that welcomed me with open arms, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2018. 

 Her rainbow after the storm. A client turned great friend. Birth with Dr. Esses at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast in Destin, FL. 

Her rainbow after the storm. A client turned great friend. Birth with Dr. Esses at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast in Destin, FL. 

 The realization that you are now a family of 5! Birth with Dr. Graham at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast in Destin, FL.

The realization that you are now a family of 5! Birth with Dr. Graham at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast in Destin, FL.

 The look of love! Birth at Sacred Heart in Pensacola, FL.

The look of love! Birth at Sacred Heart in Pensacola, FL.

 This look is EVERYTHING. Birth with Dr. Hennesey at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

This look is EVERYTHING. Birth with Dr. Hennesey at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

 Skin to skin. Dr. Cabrera at North Okaloosa Medical Center.

Skin to skin. Dr. Cabrera at North Okaloosa Medical Center.

 Can we all just take a moment to look at this beautiful pulsing blue cord? Birth with Dr Graham at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast.

Can we all just take a moment to look at this beautiful pulsing blue cord? Birth with Dr Graham at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast.

 The sweetest belly birth with Dr Graham at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast.

The sweetest belly birth with Dr Graham at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast.

 Such a peaceful and powerful home birth with Gentle Birth Options.

Such a peaceful and powerful home birth with Gentle Birth Options.

 This wasn't right when baby was born but a few minutes later, when the adrenaline wears off and the moment finally catches up with you. Birth at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. 

This wasn't right when baby was born but a few minutes later, when the adrenaline wears off and the moment finally catches up with you. Birth at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. 

 Daddy came SO CLOSE to missing the birth of his daughter. Birth with Dr Hamby at North Okaloosa Medical Center.

Daddy came SO CLOSE to missing the birth of his daughter. Birth with Dr Hamby at North Okaloosa Medical Center.

 IT'S A BOY!!!!! Birth with Dr. Hamby at North Okaloosa Medical Center.

IT'S A BOY!!!!! Birth with Dr. Hamby at North Okaloosa Medical Center.

 This selfless surrogate gave this Dad a Son. With Dr Whitaker at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

This selfless surrogate gave this Dad a Son. With Dr Whitaker at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

 The sweetest moment, taking in her son's face. Birth with Dr Esses at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast.

The sweetest moment, taking in her son's face. Birth with Dr Esses at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast.

 24 hours after I arrived, here she is. Powerful VBAC. In Montgomery, AL.

24 hours after I arrived, here she is. Powerful VBAC. In Montgomery, AL.

 Goosebumps. Birth with Dr Graham at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast.

Goosebumps. Birth with Dr Graham at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast.

 Her first necklace. Birth with Dr Whitaker at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

Her first necklace. Birth with Dr Whitaker at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

 Twins born vaginally in the OR! With Dr Whitaker at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

Twins born vaginally in the OR! With Dr Whitaker at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

 So much love! Birth at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

So much love! Birth at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

 Falling in love deeper than you both could imagine. Birth at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

Falling in love deeper than you both could imagine. Birth at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

 Women are power. Birth in Dothan, AL.

Women are power. Birth in Dothan, AL.

 Home. Birth at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast.

Home. Birth at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast.

 Two World. Two Tears. Birth with Dr Esses at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast.

Two World. Two Tears. Birth with Dr Esses at Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast.

 The moment you've long anticipated. Birth at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, AL.

The moment you've long anticipated. Birth at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, AL.

Vivian's peaceful home birth with Gentle Birth Option

As I walked into Hillary & Scott's home in Crestview, FL there was a calm, peaceful vibe come over me. I tiptoed into her room and whispered my Hello.. She was soaking in the tub getting through each surge. She told me she thought it would be quite a while yet, I remember telling her that usually when mom's say that to me baby comes quickly after. Shortly after I arrived GBO's birth assistant arrived and started getting the Birth Pool filled up. Cindi was right after her. 

Once Cindi got there and checked in on Hillary you could tell things had changed. The Birth Pool idea was abandoned. Cindi saw that it was time. Hillary was fighting against her body. With a few encouraging words to work with her body and give in the the surges Hillary was pushing, right there in the bath tub in her master bathroom. She worked so hard and finally it was time, Vivian's head was out.. Scott reached down and as Hillary pushed Vivian's body out he pulled her up to her chest. She was here. Just one hour after I got there. 

It was beautiful. Her older two children arrived a little later and were so excited to meet their newest blessing. This family is so full of love, it was amazing to document this chapter of their lives!

The Natural Hospital Birth of Willamina at Sacred Heart in Destin, FL

Alyssa & I talked for HOURS at her consult about her birth and life in general. We clicked. Her birth plan was so amazing, I looked forward to documenting HER day! I love when Mom's tell their own birth stories. This Mama has written hers out so beautifully, I'll let her tell it to you in her own words!

 

"I will not cause pain without allowing something beautiful to be born" Isaiah 66:9. These words have followed me, almost hauntingly, since September 8, 2015 when we lost a heartbeat. From that moment my world was turned upside down and our family just didn't seem whole anymore. We tried for months to get pregnant again and with a broken spirit and shattered heart, I decided in July 2016 that my body absolutely hated me and I was never going to have our rainbow baby. God had other plans and like he always does, he came through when he knew we needed him the most. On August 5, 2016 (exactly 1 year from the day we found out we were pregnant with our angel baby) we saw those two pink lines that we never believed we'd see again. Our storm was nearing the end and we could see the light. On September 8, 2017, exactly 1 year from the day we found out our angel baby had no heartbeat, we found out our sweet little rainbow did. I was full of happy tears..We were going to have a baby! My pregnancy was extremely rough, nothing like my older three, this girl was a fighter from day one. I lost a lot of weight in the beginning and had a few scares, but she pressed on, growing stronger by the day. When we drew closer to the end I could have sworn she was at least a 10lb baby with the amount of pain I was in constantly. We couldn't wait for her to be here! I was due April 7 and I just knew she'd be here before then. April 6 was our anniversary and April 8 was her daddy's birthday...how perfect would either of those have been? On March 23 at our appt. she was head down and I was 4cm/80% with my water bulging. My doctor, Dr. Whitlock, was leaving for a week of vacation the next day and I was in a panic, I just knew she would choose the following week to arrive. I contracted most of the following week, but nothing felt like time so, I waited. April 1 rolled around and my husband, Will, coached our older girls' softball game that morning and everyone was telling me how low I looked suddenly. My contractions were especially hard that day and were about 8 minutes apart. I joked about my water breaking at Walmart, knowing my water has never broken on its own, and about her being an April Fools baby. Around 8:00pm we arrived at home and my contractions had gotten closer to 5 minutes apart, but I still didn't think it was time just yet. William took Fenway, our youngest at the time and only boy, to his Mamaw's house for a sleepover just in case. I got a shower and he packed the car so we would be ready. After my shower I did my makeup because, I just had a feeling and I wanted to feel semi-good about myself if it did happen to be tonight. I laid down on the couch for a movie and fell asleep. Thankful for that nap, I woke up around 12:02 with contractions at 2-3 minutes apart. Still in denial I sat up and breathed through them, timing them meticulously. I went to the bathroom around 12:18 and at 12:23 realized I hadn't accidentally peed on myself as I was getting up... I woke my husband up and told him we needed to go to the hospital NOW (an hour drive MINIMUM), to which he replied "why?!" ...MY WATER BROKE!!! All by itself, I was shocked. I texted Kayla, our birth photographer, and she left immediately. We knew my labor would be fast, but I don't think any of us were prepared for just how fast it actually was. The gas light came on in Niceville so, I had William stop. He was panicking and cut in front of a man buying lotto tickets to pay for gas. I was managing well, but as soon as we got into Destin and approaching Baytowne, I started to get more uncomfortable and was losing my calm and kind demeanor. We arrived at the hospital somewhere close 1:40am and Kayla was right behind us. Everything moved fast from there. I was checked at 1:55 and when they said I was only at 6cm, I'll admit I wanted to give up and ditch my well thought out all natural birth plan, but I'm a fighter and I had one hell of a support system. I chose to stand to labor in an attempt to move things along...well, it worked, maybe better than I thought it would. At 2:07 the pain became nearly unbearable and I asked to be checked again because, I was having an urge to push. The nurses didn't believe me, but he led anyway and guess what..."I FEEL HER HEAD, don't push don't push" My body was pushing on it's own. They brought Dr. Graham in and after a few good pushes and with the help of her daddy at 2:16am April 2,2017 my sweet, beautiful, perfect rainbow baby was earthside. William had assisted on her birth and laid our fourth girl on my chest. I remember commenting on how purple she was and then wondering where in the world she came from with her head full of dark hair! She looked just like her daddy so her name was even more fitting... Willamina Rainn Hickey. Our Rainn-bow at the end of a very dark storm. I just knew she was bigger than her 8lb 5oz brother, but she ended up being 7lb 1oz and 19.5in of pure blissful perfection. Our family is finally complete.