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Featured Photographer Vicki Beauchamp

By on Mar 25, 2013 in Featured Birth Story, Featured Photographer, Home Birth, Photo of the Year, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Name:  Vicki Beauchamp Business Name:  The Memory Box Photography Location:  Palatine, IL, USA Web Site:  http://www.thememoryboxonline.com Blog: http://www.thememoryboxonline.com/blog/ Facebook Fan Page:  http://www.facebook.com/thememoryboxphotography Vicki is the amazing birth photographer that won the 2012 Image of the Year Competition.  You can view more images and the complete birth story of the family in the winning image here. Tell us a little about yourself….married? children? pets? I am a mother of 3 and one on the way and wife to a wonderful man named Bobb. My kids are 7, 5, and 3. We have a rambunctious lab puppy that we named Zuko after the cartoon Avatar. We are a geeky family that loves to play Xbox, board games, and I actually met Bobb on a online role-playing game called Everquest back in 2000. I’m currently working through Battlestar Galactica (new) for the third time. Prior to getting pregnant, I was helping families with an organization called Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. We provide bereavement photography. I plan to start that up again after I have my little one. It’s a strange thing to be doing births while doing NILMDTS sessions. The emotions are so strong and overcoming. If you are reading this and think you could help the organization, please do! There are always sessions that don’t get taken because of there are not enough photographers and other volunteers to do them. How long have you been in business? I started taking on paying clients in October 2010 Canon or Nikon? What is your most used lens while photographing a birth? Canon | 35mm 1.4L Did you / Will you / Would you have one of your own births photographed? I had my first two babies in the hospital and they didn’t allow photography during the actual birth and I didn’t fight it. The photos I do have actually don’t bring happiness for me. I had my third baby at home and don’t have photos of the birth except in early labor because my husband was the only one here with me and he was watching our children and supporting me as best he could. For this upcoming birth, I have not decided. I’ll already have my midwife, midwife assistant,...

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The newest little IAPBP member.

By on Nov 1, 2012 in Blog, Featured Birth Story, Home Birth, Unmedicated | 1 comment

We are pleased to announce that Lyndsay Stradtner, Founder of The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers, has given birth to her 4th child.  Jonah Reid Stradtner was born at home, in the water, on October 27, 2012.  Just a few days shy of 42 weeks pregnant, he arrived in his own time and in his own way.  It was intense, he was born with his hand next to his face, and insanely fast, yet beautiful.  He weighed in at 7 lbs. 6 oz. and 21 inches long.  Jonah was welcomed by his parents, Lyndsay and Jason, his older brothers, Ty and Teagan Jude and his sister, Taryn.  They were lovingly cared for by their midwife, Heather Hilton of Central Texas Birth Center and their doula, Lindsey Bell of Linden Tree Doula Care.  Lyndsay and her family were blessed by the presence of their birth photographer, IAPBP member, Leilani Rogers.  She did a beautiful job all while under pressure having just arrived moments before the birth.  You can see their birth story in images...

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home birth suite

By on Oct 27, 2010 in Blog, Featured Photographer, Home Birth, Just for fun | 0 comments

Previously featured birth photographer, Emily Weaver Brown, is expecting her own new baby any day now.  She posted on her blog about setting up her own home birth suite and I just had to come share it!  She not only shares photos but she also talks about the myths that home births are messy.  Good job Emily, it looks peaceful and calm and like the perfect place for the miracle of life and...

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the birth of daisy

By on Jul 1, 2010 in Blog, Featured Birth Story, Home Birth, Uncategorized, Unmedicated |

Where did you give birth? At home Was your birth medicated or unmedicated? Unmedicated, The Bradley Method Is this your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc child? 1st Who attended your birth? Doula, Midwives Overall, are you happy with your birth experience? Yes, it was by far the hardest thing I have ever done, but I would do it again in a heartbeat! Having a supportive birth team made all the difference. Was the birth of your child professionally photographed? Yes, by Lyndsay Stradtner of Life in Motion Photography.  You can view the blog post here and the complete birth slideshow here. Birth Story: I was 38.5 weeks pregnant, due Friday November 20th. I was planning to work right up to my due date and was going through life as though that is exactly what would happen. On the night of Tuesday November 10th, the Braxton Hicks contractions I had been experiencing for a few days changed dramatically and I had a feeling I was going into labor. Around midnight I got up out of bed to walk around. I knew I needed to rest, but it was starting to take my attention to get through the contractions and I was really excited to meet our little baby girl. I woke my husband, Ethan up at 1:30 and told him I thought this was the real deal. He sleepily suggested I go back to sleep. Probably good advice as we were in for a long day! I went downstairs and tried to rest on the couch. Finally at 5 am I made some calls to my midwife, Mary; our doula, Majbritt; and our birth photographer, Lyndsay; and my sister, Karen. Everyone started heading our way. Mary got to our house around 6 am and checked me. I was 100% effaced and she was really, really low, however I was still only 1.5 cm dilated. Mary stressed how important it would be get some sleep as we were going to need lots of energy to get our baby out. I tried to lay down and rest for about an hour or so. The contractions were coming on much stronger, it was then that I was especially thankful we were birthing at...

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a precipitous home birth

By on Jun 9, 2010 in Birth Center Birth, Blog, Featured Birth Story, Home Birth, Unmedicated | 1 comment

Where did you give birth? At home Was your birth medicated or unmedicated? Unmedicated, The Bradley Method Is this your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc child? 1st Who attended your birth? We planned for a doula and midwife to attend our birth but they actually did not. Overall, are you happy with your birth experience? Now that I’m over the shock, I am happy with my birth experience. It’s an amazing story. Was the birth of your child professionally photographed? No, we did not have birth photos (not that a photographer would have made it in time!), but we did have newborn photos taken at 5 days old by Jessica Hamlin.  You can see the blog post here. Birth Story: We had prepared for the birth of our son by taking the Bradley Method classes and hoped for a natural childbirth at a local birth center. I had not had any internal exams, so I don’t know where I was going into this. At my last two midwife appointments, the baby was very low and his head was engaged. I had been having occasional contractions for the past few weeks but nothing consistent or painful. 39 weeks, 5 days Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 7:00 p.m. We finally decided (or agreed) that “Teagan Eddie” would be our son’s name. “Eddie” is in honor of my husband’s late father. 8:00-9:00 p.m. My water broke . . . I think. I called my doula and told her I wasn’t 100% sure. She told me if it had broken I would continue to feel trickles. My husband and I were just about to go for a walk so we continued with our plan, but a few steps up the stairs next to our condo I realized I was definitely leaking so it must be true. We put the walk plans on hold and went back home to make sure we had everything ready. I called my doula and told her it was real. She suggested I go to bed and try to sleep. She said I would either wake up in active labor or wake up the next morning not in labor and at that point we could talk about ways to get...

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