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Gentle c-section of rainbow baby Mack | Maple Grove Birth Photographer

The first time she heard her rainbow baby cry.

The first time she heard her rainbow baby cry.

The Birth Without Fear meet-up is coming to Minneapolis, which I’ll be capturing along with two other talented ladies I am lucky to call friends (Megan Crown Photography and Jennifer Liv Photography), we’re celebrating with a giveaway!

All three of us are giving away two Basic tickets to the Birth Without Fear meet-up, and you can enter by following along on what we’re calling Birth Week: a full week of blog posts celebrating births we’ve captured. You can gain multiple entries to the contest by heading to the blog every day this week and following the instructions at the bottom of the post to enter!

You can see their posts, and enter their contests here and here.

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This mama is so inspiring to me. I met her through Minnesota Birth Photographers, and she is a photographer herself. She became passionate about photography after her third child, Franklin, was stillborn in 2012. No one from Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep was available to photograph her little one and she became inspired to increase her skills so she could volunteer for the organization and give that gift to others.

So when she asked me to be there to photograph the birth of her rainbow baby (baby born after a loss), I was gleeful — happy this little one was on his way and so honored to be there to witnesses this amazing moment for this family.

Mack was born via a beautiful gentle c-section and was quickly placed right on his mama’s chest. And that moment, my friends, was full of uncountable blessings. <3

the birth of Mack | peace-love-babies.com from Brooke Walsh on Vimeo.

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Save the VBACs — the VBAC after t-incision of Aurora

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The Birth Without Fear meet-up is coming to Minneapolis, which I’ll be capturing along with two other talented ladies I am lucky to call friends (Megan Crown Photography and Jennifer Liv Photography), we’re celebrating with a giveaway!

All three of us are giving away two Basic tickets to the Birth Without Fear meet-up, and you can enter by following along on what we’re calling Birth Week: a full week of blog posts celebrating births we’ve captured. You can gain multiple entries to the contest by heading to the blog every day this week and following the instructions at the bottom of the post to enter!

You can see their posts, and enter their contests here and here.

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For today’s post, I have another special message/plea. A local hospital that has been on the forefront of preserving the rights of mothers to choose how they wish to birth has slowly been taking away those rights over the last year. Now, they are planning to ban vaginal births after cesarean, or VBACs.

Sign the petition to stop Hudson Hospital from banning VBACs here: http://chn.ge/1q4ruzF

Why? Because every woman deserves the right to decide what happens to her body in birth. Women are fully capable of making informed decisions when presented with the risks and benefits of various medical interventions and it’s the mother’s right to make these decisions, not the hospital’s place to ban them from doing so.

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These images and short film are from the first VBAC I was honored to witness. It was unique because mom’s surgery involved a t-incision c-section at just about 24 weeks (baby survived and is doing well!) — vbacs after these kinds of surgery are something that is almost unheard of, but not impossible. This is what the mother wanted and chose, weighing all the risks and benefits. She had had a previous vaginal birth, then a c-section and knew she wanted another vaginal birth. She fought for what she wanted and chose care providers who supported her (at St. Cloud Hospital).

There is so much beauty in this. Support VBACs.

the birth of Aurora | peace love babies from Brooke Walsh on Vimeo.

Here mother was her doula.

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If you are looking for support in planning a VBAC, or recovering from a c-section, head to ICAN of the Twin Cities: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ICAN-of-the-Twin-Cities/169914379210

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Keen

Music to Labor to | Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Cloud Birth Photographer

My second son, Keen a few hours after birth

Someone asked me today about birth playlists, so I dug mine from my last birth (1.5 years of giggles afterward).

It’s hard for me to express in words how moved I am by this music.

I become, like many, incredibly open to everything in pregnancy. I remember feeling as thought I could feel more than I had ever felt before.

And that’s part of the mechanics of birth — opening to new life and being primed to emotionally accept and bond with your child in a way you never thought possible.

And when I hear this music — oh, it’s like I’m back in that place where I am just waiting to love more than ever.

If you are looking for inspiration for your own labor playlist, take a listen, or a look.

This is the deep in labor-land playlist:


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Wide Eyed, Legless – Laura Veirs
Zebra – Beach House
White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
While You Wait for the Others – Grizzly Bear
The xx – Basic Space
Lotta Love – She & Him
Tenuousness – Andrew Bird
Sovay – Andrew Bird
Janglin – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
White Blank Page – Mumford and Sons
I and Love and You – The Avett Brothers
Two Weeks – Grizzly Bear
Dance Yrself Clean – LCD Sound System
The Cave – Mumford and Sons
January Wedding – The Avett Brothers
Her Morning Elegance – Oren Lavie
Thieves – She & Him

This is the fun, early labor play list:


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When We Swan – Thao with the Get Down Stay Down
The xx – VCR
Swim Until You Can’t See Land – Frightened Rabbit
Dance Yrself Clean – LCD Sound System
Strange Overtones – A Calligraphic Tribute
Dixon’s Girl – Dessa
I Learned the Hard Way – Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
My Girls – Animal Collective
40 Day Dream – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Tighten Up – The Black Keys
Daylight – Matt and Kim
Go Do – Jonsi
Shadow People – Dr. Dog
Lasso – Phoenix
Crash Years – The New Pornographers
Run – Vampire Weekend
Audience – Cold War Kids
Caribou – Odessa
Chicago – Sufjan Stevens
Kids – MGMT
I and Love and You – The Avett Brothers
Violet – Jeremy Messersmith
Camera – Matt and Kim
Mouth of Diamonds – Phantogram
Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Winter Winds – Mumford and Sons
The Chaccone – Dessa
Ready to Start – Arcade Fire
The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
Bruises – Chairlift
In the Sun – She & Him
The Calculation – Regina Spektor
Heartbeat Radio – Sondre Lerche
January Wedding – The Avett Brothers
White Blanke Page – Mumford and Sons
The Cave – Mumford and Sons
Dog Days are Over – Florence and the Machine
Listomania – Phoenix
1901 – Phoenix
Two Weeks – Grizzly Bear
While You Wait for the Others – Grizzly Bear
Fake Palindromes – Andrew Bird
Heretics – Andrew Bird
Anonanimal – Andrew Bird
Skin Is, My – Andrew Bird
Measuring Cups – Andrew Bird
Opposite Day – Andrew Bird
Oh No – Andrew Bird
Drumming Song – Florence and the Machine