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Phoenix Newborn Photographer - The Miracle of Maia

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It is families like Maia’s that make me realize how incredibly blessed I am to have this job. Maia’s mom Guadalupe bravely shares her story as a guest blogger. What this family has endured I can not even begin to fathom. Thank you for trusting me with sharing your story. What a wonderful reminder that miracles still happen!

My husband and I were very excited the day we found out I was pregnant with our first child, Maia. The pregnancy was uneventful until the last trimester came rolling around. I remember feeling exhausted, swollen, and breathless. At the time, I thought my symptoms were normal and related to the pregnancy.

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On Wednesday, June 27, 2018 my husband drove me to Mercy Gilbert Medical Center because I was experiencing chest pain and heart palpitations. I was 34 weeks pregnant with my daughter. During the intake evaluation, the nurse and doctors noticed my heart was racing at 208 beats per minute. The hospital staff immediately paged my OBGYN, he rushed to the hospital and performed an emergency c-section. My daughter was delivered safely and was transported to the NICU since she was born prematurely.

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I survived three cardiac arrests that night: one during delivery and two more in the ICU. My dear husband observed as the doctors performed CPR determined to keep me alive. I was diagnosed with a heart condition called Peripartum Cardiomyopathy. My heart was severely damaged and the echocardiogram revealed a reduced ejection fraction of 10%. The odds were stacked against us.

The morning after my daughter’s delivery, the doctors decided to try ECMO life support in hopes of keeping me alive long enough to find a donor heart. I was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center for further treatment while my daughter stayed behind in the NICU of Mercy Gilbert.

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On July 7, 2018 I was transported to Mayo Clinic for further observation and evaluation. During my time there, the doctors performed various tests and determined that my ejection fraction had improved significantly. ECMO treatment was working! On July 11, 2018 I was weaned off ECMO life support and my heart was holding strong.

My daughter and I were both discharged from our respective hospitals on July 16, 2018. I remember crying and feeling nervous on the drive home, I was finally going to get to meet my baby. I felt a sense of relief and joy the minute I held her in my arms. I thank God every day for giving me a second chance at life. I am thankful for having the opportunity to raise my daughter. Miracles do exist and we are living proof of it.

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Newborn Photographer Phoenix - Baby Norah

Newborn Photographer Phoenix

Baby Norah

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I met the Rivera family two years ago when I photographed their oldest son Peter when he was a newborn. I had just a taken a workshop and did a model call to try out my new techniques and several people referred this family to me. 

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Momma is a teacher and Dad is a local church pastor. These people have hearts of Gold. They have become some of my favorite people to see.

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Fast forward two years, and not only has my skills grown in ability (Thank the Lord!) but Momma is pregnant with baby Norah. Ya'll I think all women are gorgeous but Hannah is stunning when she is pregnant. She literally glows. We got together for their family mini session right before the holidays and I still swoon over this session.

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Finally Norah arrived! I saw her when she was only fourteen days new. She rocked her newborn session like a champ, and her big brother Peter was so excited to have a younger sister. Norah's parents asked for my simple neutral style with a hint of florals....... And the turn out was beautiful.

This makes me want to start using florals at more sessions!

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Little Norah is precious, Congrats again Rivera Family!

Phoenix Newborn Photographer - Happy Birthday Tavish

Phoenix Newborn Photographer  

Happy Birthday Tavish

To say that babies have their own agenda would be an understatement. To say that birth almost never goes as planned would also be completely true. 

This mama was one of my last birth mama's before I took a break to go back and finish my nursing degree. And I was so blessed to be a part of her birth team. All women work incredibly hard to bring their babies into the world. But Bethany was one of the hardest working mamas that I have ever seen. It was an adventure but it certainly did not follow anything that she had hoped for. Bethany had dreamed of a beautiful home birth. But a series of unfortunate events changed her birth plans.  

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A couple days before Tavish was born, mom Bethany was driving to an ultrasound appointment when she was in a small fender bender. Small as in less than eight miles per hour and no vehicle damage. She called her midwife and followed all of her instructions. An ultrasound and non-stress test showed that Tavish and Mom were both fine and she was able to go about her day. Until that evening when mom started having terrible abdominal paid. She called the midwife who advised her to head on into the hospital for an evaluation. While in triage, Tavish's heart rate had a quiet few concerning drops.  She almost had to have a c-section but Tavish decided to stay put. Labs, ultrasounds, and a few more tests determined something was wrong and it was time for an induction. The next two and half days were filled with persistence, frustration, encouragement, exhaustion and pain. Foley Bulbs and THREE IUPCs (A very painful intrauterine contraction monitor) as well as abdominal pain from the car accident that flared up with each contraction, pitocin, drug reactions, nausea, dry heaving, repositioning, slow dilation progression, oxygen. I'd like to say that  was it, but there was so much more. But Bethany kept trekking on. She was persistent and refused to give up, she was going to have this baby damn it!

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After 36+ hours of slow dilation progression, Bethany was finally at 10cm and allowed to push. She pushed for over three hours. After no progression a tough call was made, Bethany had started to get a fever and the risk of infection was too great. Tavish was showing she was done and the decision for a cesarean was made.  Bethany had never been more disappointed, sad, angry, or ashamed in her life.  But as Bethany said, "it was my pride or my baby, and my baby will always come first." It always amazes me what we as moms will do for our children. 

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Tavish Georgianne was born 1:10 am on 5/22/17, 7lbs 3oz, 20 3/4 long.  She was sunny side up and turned the wrong way, as well as being wrapped in her cord twice. All was well. When she cried, we call cried. But Bethany's journey didn't end there. After Dad, Tavish and I went to the recovery room Bethany hemorrhaged and lost a lot of blood. Thankfully she had a very talented surgical team who had the skills and worked extremely hard to prevent a hysterectomy. 

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Because of Bethany's complication she had a five day hospital stay. During that extra five day stay Tavish was re admitted into the hospital because she seemed to be having seizure activity. She was taken immediately to the NICU for tests and monitoring but is doing ok. A shout out to the wonderful staff who kept Mom & Dad informed and allowed them to continue breastfeeding and caring for Tavish as much as possible. Finally Tavish and her momma get to go home! 

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While Bethany had plans of having a natural home birth and she ended up with three different induction methods, three sets of internal monitors, an epidural, and finally a cesarean. She still got the greatest gift of all time. Bethany shared an amazing piece of advice that a wise woman told her, You can grieve the loss of what you had planned, but You will never regret or forget the hard work and reward of the path that followed. Isn't that amazing and wise?! Each time I attend a birth I come away with more knowledge than when I went in. And this birth wasn't any different. Congrats Mainville Family! Sweet little Tavish is so lucky to have you!

 

 

Phoenix Newborn Photographer - Mommy & Me Mini Sessions 2017

Phoenix Newborn Photographer - Mommy & Me Mini Sessions 2017

Phoenix Newborn Photographer - Mommy and Me Mini Sessions 2017 - What started out as a styled shoot with my idea of a mom and her sweet baby, quickly turned into meeting requests of women who wanted a magical session with their children in that field. Which then made me think, why not do mini sessions here?? And that's what happened....I plan to offer family sessions here in the fall! Keep your eyes open for session details and rates!

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Phoenix Newborn Photographer - Welcome Baby Aurora

Phoenix Newborn Photographer - Welcome Baby Aurora

I was so blessed to photograph this sweet girl a few weeks ago. I've known her family for years! I photographed her adorable cousin Claire a couple years ago. Little Aurora was so angelic for her newborn session....

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Newborn Photographer Phoenix - Baby Girl Jae Lynn

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This beautiful little girl came to see me a few Sundays ago. Her parents were given a gift certificate for a session with me! I love when I hear that loved ones want to give the gift of memories to their family. In my opinion, it is one of the best gifts to give. These are images that this family will have a lifetime.

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We turned on some worship music and had a lovely session together. Jae Lynn's creamy porcelain-like skin was to die for. And those chubby cheeks, I just wanted to snuggle her all day! Mom and Dad came camera ready. I love when parents want to be present in their newborn session. This is such a special time in life, and it is so important to be a part of it.

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Jae Lynn's momma was a natural in front of the camera. Jae Lynn was so relaxed and happy in her mama's arms. The way Jae Lynn's daddy looked at her melted my heart. You could tell that he was mesmerized by all of her little movements and sweet newborn sounds.

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Of course, since this sweet little girl was born in fall we had to do a fall set up. This little pumpkin was as cute as could be! I mean those lips, aren't they adorable?!  The knot basket is one of my favorite props to use and Jae Lynn was perfect for it!  After a couple different basket set ups, I brought Jae Lynn over for some simpler shots. Her soft skin and luscious rolls were the highlights of these poses.

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Jae Lynn is so beautifully dainty. I thoroughly enjoyed photographing this sweet little girl! I can't wait to see her again.

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Scottsdale Newborn Photographer - Sweet Baby Jameson

Scottsdale Newborn Photographer

Sweet Baby Jameson

Babies like Jameson make me excited to go to work in my studio every day.
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Not only is he totally delicious, but this perfect little cherub also stayed in dreamland the entire photo shoot. This allowed me to work my magic nonstop.

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And as a result, I was able to stage several different set ups. Squee!!! phoenix newborn photographer scottsdale newborn photographer

 

Of course, I always love to take the pictures of mom and dad with their little miracle. I will seriously never tire of watching the way parents look at each other and at their baby.
It’s truly the purest form of love and I am honored to be able to capture that for posterity.
Jameson’s mom and dad dressed in white for their first family portraits. Mama is a nurse and Dad works in finance.
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But don’t let that fool you! Both of them have a wilder side too. They absolutely love Harley Davidson Motorcycles. In fact, their super cool engagement pictures were taken while they were riding their bikes.  If only they made baby motorcycles, am I right?!?!

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And I couldn’t resist photographing their sweetie with their wedding rings too.
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But I also took pictures of the softer side of baby Jameson. Since he remained sleeping, I got to pull out all the stops.
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Mom and Dad brought along an adorable costume change for him as well: a hat with his name printed all over it! I was kind of obsessed with the hat, actually. phoenix newborn photography
Especially after I learned that this is how Jameson's Mom and Dad announced to their family what his name was! What a cool way to announce a little one's name.
Congratulations M Family! Jameson is perfect!

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