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Birth Photography – Welcome Ethan De La Croix

Birth Photography. It is raw. It is real. It is emotional. It is beautiful. It is life arriving right in front of you. I felt at owe watching De La Croix family birthing their baby boy Ethan.

Yes, it is a family affair. Dad was helping his wife through all her waves of contractions, catching his own son and cutting his cord. 6 year old sister was hugging mommy’s tummy to help her with pain, jumping out of excitement on arrival of her brother and hugging everyone around of happiness.

And mother was breathing through every contraction which came closer and closer and eventually hit one on top of another. She birthed her son with no painkillers. Surrounded by family she welcomed baby boy she carried for so many months under her heart. Melissa cried from happiness of finally meeting Ethhan and knowing that the worst is over. In fact everyone was crying, including me. As I have just witnessed something so powerful, beautiful and inspiring.

Once again I can see that birthing your child at home is a real VIP experience of births. Comfort of your own home, everyone you love are around, no random people or check ups, freedom of movement, no interventions, no unnecessary medication, delayed cord clamping, and midwife or doula at your own disposal to help you at any moment.

Photographing birth made me feel so humble, as I have witnessed life at its grand arrival.

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography www. yourfotostory.com

Birthing mama Melissa De La Croix – check out her page to hear her own birth story.

Doula – Heidi van Zyl

George – South Africa – 2019

Garden Route Birth Photography

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Forest Family Shoot

What a fun photo shoot  that was! Looking for fairies and monkeys in Wilderness forest with De la Croix family. Photographs taken in celebration of Melissa and Michael’s wedding anniversary and 1 year birthday of beautiful Violet. 

Melissa is a beauty and parenting blogger herself. Interesting stories and insights on her blog Pretty Messy Melon

Breastfeeding  photos became a special part of the photo session. Breastfeeding is the most amazing, natural and nurturing relationship between a mother and a child. Mothers milk not only helps baby to grow and  develop a very strong immune and nervous system, but also creates a special bond between a mother and a child. A bond that helps both of them on their journey.

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Eden Natural Birth Get-Together.

Meet Mandi, one of the two superwomen midwives, who caught our baby boy Kando in September 2016.

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography.www.yourfotostory.com

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography – http://www.yourfotostory.com

And this Mandi with a small collection of all the other babies she caught around the same time.

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography – http://www.yourfotostory.com

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography – http://www.yourfotostory.com

This was an Eden Natural  Birth family gathering. A very special  occasion for families who’d given birth with Mandi. It’s a time to catch up, play, laugh, share stories and toys, and spend some time with good people. Thank you everyone for coming to share the day. We’re looking forward to the next one!

PS. Mandy Lilly, we really missed you today!

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography – http://www.yourfotostory.com

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography – http://www.yourfotostory.com

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography – http://www.yourfotostory.com

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography – http://www.yourfotostory.com

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography – http://www.yourfotostory.com

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography – http://www.yourfotostory.com

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography – http://www.yourfotostory.com

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography – http://www.yourfotostory.com

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography – http://www.yourfotostory.com

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography – http://www.yourfotostory.com

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography – http://www.yourfotostory.com

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography – http://www.yourfotostory.com

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography – http://www.yourfotostory.com

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography – http://www.yourfotostory.com

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography – http://www.yourfotostory.com

Jenya Zhivaleva Photography – http://www.yourfotostory.com

Sveta and Sonya – new family shoot.

During my travels this winter I visited family in Russia. I haven’t been in Russia for more than three years, which made the visit even more special. My cousin Sveta gave birth to a gorgeous girl Sonya 6 months ago. I couldn’t resist and not to take photos of these two special people.

Here are some highlights from a new family photo story of mother and daughter.
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