Monroe’s Birth Story

We have known Jeff and Alise for a few years now, and they have become some of our dearest friends. Jeff is a photographer, and so it only seemed natural that they would want the birth of their first child documented. The great thing about having someone else take the photos, is the partner can be completely present and provide support to the mother without fiddling nervously with the camera, trying to do a thousand things at once. I was honored when Alise asked me to be apart of one of the most special days of this sweet family’s life. A day I knew I would never forget.

I got the call late on Saturday night, the eve of Mother’s Day. Which happened to land on mine and Travis’ 6th wedding anniversary! Jeff told me that Alise was progressing and that baby Marsh was set on being born on our anniversary. How special! I arrived just after 4am, and sat with Alise as Jeff checked them in. She was just glowing. I kept pinching myself. I couldn’t believe they were including me in this wonderful miracle that was about to happen.

Time moved so quickly, looking back. There were moments when the room was quiet and still, then a contraction would come on and everyone would move into position, supporting Alise. There were moments where there just weren’t enough hands, and I was able to put my camera down and help support Alise as she quietly worked through each contraction.

Alise was determined to deliver with no epidural. She never once asked for anything to relieve the pain she was enduring. And right as she was losing steam, feeling like she didn’t have it in her, she gathered the last bit of her strength and courage she could find in her, and out came that sweet baby girl. It was truly one of the most incredible, spiritual and beautiful events I have ever witnessed, and I will never forget it. The room was immediately filled with so much love and jubilance, you could almost touch it. I gasped and immediately started crying tears of joy as I clicked away with my camera.

I have the most wonderful job in the whole world. Truly. Thank you, Alise and Jeff, for having me. I have so much love and respect for the two of you. Sweet Monroe is so blessed to have parents like you, and we are lucky to call you our friends.

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Monroe Anderson Marsh. Born: May 12th, 2013. Absolutely perfect.

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18 Comments »

  1. These are beautiful. I love seeing birth stories, they’re amazing each and every time.


  2. i love everything about, and everyone involved in this.


  3. Intense and beautiful. What honesty. Thanks for sharing such an amazing and intimate set of images.


  4. wow. beautiful. thanks for sharing. good work mama marsh!


  5. So incredibly beautiful


  6. Beautiful pictures. You can see JOY all over them as you bring your little baby into the world.


  7. Cried throughout this entire post. So so beautiful. Couldn’t be happier for them :)

    Tonhya Kae says:

  8. These are incredible. So, so amazing. What a gift to have this captured on film!


  9. absolutely amazing, made me cry with joy. so awesome you got to be there to document this, I’ve never seen a birth story better told.

    Andria Lindquist says:

  10. this took me back to the birth of our first son, lots of tears. this is such an honest and powerful document of birth. their emotions come through each frame, so powerful


  11. Extraordinarily perfect! Thank you for sharing this miracle.
    Love you3,
    Great Auntie Nesie
    :)

    Denise Hicks says:

  12. I was moved, I cringed, and I smiled SO big! Such beautiful, stunning work, guys. Amazing!


  13. forever indebted to you for capturing this. And to capture it so beautifully. we love you guys and thank you from the bottom of our hearts!


  14. My word, what a magical experience: to not only document this once in a lifetime moment, but to be such close friends with those that are experiencing it. These images are so intense and so beautiful… my heart feels so full.


  15. “The room was immediately filled with so much love and jubilance, you could almost touch it.” wow. so perfect, beautiful job, J.


  16. This is so beautiful! It’s wonderful that you were able to capture somethings so special.

    Melissa Centoni says:

  17. […] out this photo story about birth, part of the story-rich Jaquilyn Shumate […]


  18. Lovely captures! You did an amazing job.


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