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I have to admit, being able to follow up with my birth clients to do a newborn session is one of my favorite things! Partially so I get to snuggle their sweet babe and soak in all that newborn goodness. But more than that, it’s such a beautiful way to continue to document their journey into parenthood and spend time seeing how they’re doing now that they have a little +1.

Here’s a look at my morning with this sweet family…

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One thing that I can always count on, regardless of how many births I have attended, is that there is endless room to be surprised.

Baby Hallie arrived within an hour of her parents being admitted to the hospital. You might think, that’s not too shocking…mama must have been pretty far in her labor. Well, I’ll have you know she was 5cm when she checked in (which is fantastic, to clarify)…and then delivered an hour later! 5cm to 10cm, just like that!

How’s that for a first time mama?! I was and still am so proud of her! So grateful I got to be there to support her as a doula <3

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There we were chatting over coffee, talking about how excited we each were for sweet Cataleya to make her debut. And as I often do with my clients, I asked Rai what date she thought she would be born. Then I shared my guess, and for whatever reason I had this gut feeling she would be born on June 10th (one week before her due date). Since picking a date is truly a shot in the dark, I didn’t think much of it.

A couple of weeks later it was go-time. I got the call super late at night (per usual), grabbed my bag and made my way to the Santa Clarita Birth Center. As I parked my car and headed in, it dawned on me that it was shortly after midnight on, you guessed it, the 10th! I quietly walked into the room as Rai finished up a contraction. Once the contraction passed I said my hellos and checked in with how she was doing, and said “guess what date it is?” She immediately remembered and laughed saying she had told her husband, Jez, that I had guessed Cataleya’s arrival.

Things picked up rather quickly from there, and before I knew it baby Cataleya had made her way earthside. Rai and Jez, along with their midwife Renee, made such a fantastic team…I’m grateful I was able to be there to document it!

Here’s a look at Cataleya’s birth story…
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