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“How far out do you book for doula services? I have a referral for you…” And right then, I knew it. I responded in all caps, “UMMM ARE YOU PREGNANT?” Paired with a heart-eyed emoji, of course.

She was, in fact, pregnant; 8 weeks and 1 day to be exact. My heart swelled with happiness. One of my dear friends was embarking on the windy road to parenthood, and I was excited to hold space for her along the way.

The months cruised along…summer turned to fall, and fall turned to winter. Before we new it, the new year was upon us! Those first two weeks of January we all anxiously waited for any signs of labor. Uncomfortable, restless nights, achey hips and back…all the usual end of pregnancy symptoms were making their appearance, but baby kept us on our toes. And then, it happened. The morning of her due date, nonetheless, cramping turned to contractions, and by late evening we were headed to the hospital. Mama listened to her body so well throughout the whole process; moving as she needed, turning inward and focusing on breathing when contractions got too intense.

In the wee hours of the following day, she brought her adorable baby girl into this world. And I totally cried. She had worked so hard and beautifully to get to this moment, and her husband lovingly supported her along the way. I was honored to be there to witness her strength, and support both her and her hubby as they became a family.

Happy 1st birthday, baby girl. You are so very loved.

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When time has marched on and you sit down to look back on this season of your life, I hope you are quick to remember the joyful moments scattered throughout each day. Like the way your toddler squished your new baby with love, not getting enough of him; counting his fingers, pointing to his nose. That tiny, button nose of his. Seeing his tiny baby body fill your partner’s hands as he swayed in the doorway.

The sleepless nights will come and go. Tantrums will be followed by belly-bursting-giggles. Sitting on the edge of the bed, holding two of your most prized possessions, you wondered how you got so lucky to be their mom.

All of those small moments add up to this big beautiful life. The one right in front of you, asking you to soak in and hold onto.

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Want to press pause right this instant and capture this time for your family? Shoot me an email and let’s get started! Lauren@laurenguilford.com

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“The days are long but the years are short.”

We’ve all heard that quote, right?

You know what it’s like to be stuck in the thick of it; putting one foot in front of the other as you make your way through each day trying to balance taking care of your kiddo(s), work, being a wife, keeping the house somewhat picked up, and running errands. Oh! And let’s not forget taking care of you, mama. It’s hard, exhausting work. And yet, after you finally get the kids asleep for the night, you find yourself scrolling through pictures on your iPhone, already missing them.

Let’s celebrate YOU, mama! Put your iPhone down, and get in the picture with your kiddo(s).

As mothers, it is so easy to let the hustle of the day to day (and let’s be honest, the idea of being in front of the camera), get in the way of having beautiful updated pictures with your little ones. *Cue Simply Motherhood Portraits*

Simply Motherhood Portraits has been a passion project of mine for the last couple of years, and I’m so excited to see it finally come to fruition! These mini-sessions are designed to make it quick and easy for you to get in front of the camera with your babies. Space is limited, so be sure to book a time that works for you while it’s still available (see below)!

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$125 // 10-15 minutes + 3 images

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$250 // 10-15 minutes + full gallery (10 images)

 


Want me to add another date of sessions??

Reach out and let me know! I want to give as many mamas as I can the opportunity to get in front of the camera with their babies. Send me an email!

lauren@laurenguilford.com


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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work with a doula?

It’s been amazing to watch the birth community rapidly grow over the last 5-10 years. So many women are being called into this line of work; to set aside their own biases and fully support and encourage other women in their choices.

And yet, there are still many people who have no idea what a doula is or does. Maybe you’ve heard the word used before. Or, maybe, you’ve had close friends or family who hired one for their birth.

So, what’s it like, you say? The breakdown of what I do as a doula is as simple as this:

I empower women by helping guide them through their options of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum so that they may have the knowledge to decide what’s best for their baby and family, while fully supporting mama in her decisions.

Sure, there is more to it. Like helping mama manage pain & discomfort, offering suggestions for positioning throughout labor, emotional support, massage & counter pressure, encouraging words letting mama know she’s got this, helping mama’s partner stay calm and involved in the birth, and more.

But, when broken down to its most simplest form, my role as a doula is to walk the path with you helping to empower you along the way.

 


Here are some images from a session with one of my doula mamas…

From meeting with this mama for doula prenatals, joining in her hypnobirthing class, to documenting her family in her home (fur-baby included)…it was such a wonderful journey to help support this mama.

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  • Melanie - These are absolutely stunning Lauren! <3ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Papac - These are the real deal… beautiful film color! What a sweet baby and I love her dress too! Of course your words about being a doula a succinct and true. Xoxo, KristenReplyCancel

    • lau - You are the sweetest, thank you! I love her dress, too!ReplyCancel

“…and she loved a little boy very very much, even more than she loved herself.” – Shel Silverstein

Those first few days, and weeks, where you can’t quite believe how much this tiny person has completely changed your life. Then again, how did life exist before this little one came into the world? A love that dwells outside of the limits of time and space.

I loved reading this little snippet Eli’s mama wrote when he was one month old.

It’s exhausting and hard work, but it is so, so worth it raising and loving on these little ones.

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Those first days are filled with exhaustion, and yet, a love-drunk heart. Let’s plan together how to perfectly document this time for you, and your family! Shoot me an email to get started, lauren@laurenguilford.com

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