Wayfinding: The Doula Photographer Experience

On the journey into parenthood, you will face both miraculous and unexpected moments. The influx of new information at every turn can seem overwhelming! With a Doula Photographer by your side, you have the comfort of knowing that you have one expert you can always rely on for unbiased support and reassurance, and each milestone will be lovingly documented.

While capturing the moment of birth is certainly a part of what I do as a doula photographer, so much of what I do happens before and after that pinnacle time. I provide families with informational, physical, and emotional support each step of the way.

Throughout your pregnancy

From the moment of hire, whether it is week six or 36, I will be available for you 24/7 via phone, email, or text to answer your pregnancy related questions and put your mind at ease. (Yes, really!)

We will meet at least twice during your pregnancy to discover your birth preferences, practice movements to encourage optimal fetal positioning, and plan for your transition into the postpartum period. Part of my work with you during this precious time involves helping you identify ways to naturally raise your oxytocin levels and savor the last weeks of pregnancy. This is the perfect time for a Maternity Session, either in your home or at a favorite outdoor location. I help you reveal the essence of this time in your life by carving out a space for you to simply be together. In this space, I see and capture raw emotion and authentic connection to preserve the feeling of this moment in time.

By the time your due date approaches, you will feel empowered with knowledge and confident that you have the tools needed to welcome your baby.

In labor

Starting at 37 weeks gestation I will be prepared to come to your place of birth within an 90 minutes of receiving your call. I will come to be with you in labor when you feel like my presence would be reassuring to you and your partner.

During labor, I move fluidly from an emotional and physical support role to photographer, and continue to offer unbiased information for any interventions that may arise so that you can make decisions with confidence and feel respected by your birth team. As a doula photographer, I support both you and your partner to have the best possible experience, while artistically documenting emotions and moments of connection that comprise your Birth Story.

She melted into the background letting us naturally be in the moment, enjoying the birth of our daughter but still managed to capture the most amazing moments on camera that we never would have seen. Her photography froze in time the most precious moments of our lives, moments that we now get to relive again and again.

Sarah

At the moment of birth

As you meet your baby for the first time, I capture the physical and emotional details of the moment: your and your partner’s reactions, first eye contact with baby, first feeding, weighing and measurements, and all those sweet wrinkly baby parts. You and your partner get enjoy this time together, knowing that not a detail will be missed!

If you are introducing your family to baby soon after birth, I am there to capture their reactions. If needed, I’m happy to utilize my extensive experience working with breastfeeding families to provide hands on support with the first feedings.

During my labor she so quiet and respectful of our space. However, as things intensified at the end, knowing she was a doula/labor nurse, and she had also experienced unmedicated births, her presence was comforting.

Analisa

In the days that follow

As you settle into life with your sweet baby, I will continue to be available via phone, text, and email to answer all your recovery and newborn questions for 6 weeks.

Additionally, I will see you at least twice at your home to help ease your transition into parenthood in whatever way is most helpful you you. I may support you through your first night at home with your baby, assist with breastfeeding, do a load of laundry and prepare a nutritious meal, or help connect you to other resources to nurture your family during your fourth trimester.

Within the first few weeks, I can also photograph your newborn and family with a Newborn Session in the comfort of your home to preserve the fleeting moments of those first weeks.

Your Unique Story, Artfully Rendered

The images I capture along your journey convey emotion and the connection of your family in a very sacred and intense time. I consider it an honor to support you and will forever be thankful for walking beside you on your journey. At the end of our time together, I will present you with a custom-designed, heirloom quality album containing all your favorite maternity, birth, and newborn memories to help you revisit and retell your story for years to come.

Experience and Education

I have supported a wide variety of family constellations and birth styles including: unmedicated birth, water birth, epidural assisted birth, cesarean birth, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), stillbirth, high risk birth, induction, twins and multiples, previous miscarriage and loss, LGBTQ+ families, single parents, and surrogacy. In addition to being a doula photographer, I am a Certified Lactation Counselor with extensive experience supporting newborn feeding.

Prenatal, Labor, Postpartum Doula – SMC Full Circle Doula Training
Supporting Trans Birthers with Trystan Reese
Labor and Delivery & Postpartum Nurse
Certificated Lactation Educator Counselor – UC San Diego
Basic Life Support (BLS) Infant and Adult CPR/AED certified, American Heart Association
Neonatal Resuscitation Program Certified, American Heart Association
Bachelors of Science in Nursing – UW Eau Claire

Member of the International Association of Professional Birth Photographers

Classes and Community

I am proud to be a member of Brave Birth Doula Care, a Portland doula collective. As my doula photography client, you will receive perks such as reduced rates on Brave Birth childbirth and infant feeding classes, complimentary attendance at New Parent Group, and the reassurance that comes with knowing you have a team of professional doulas and lactation specialists supporting you every step of the way.

Investment

Every family is unique and has a story worth preserving forever.

Therefore, I do not offer packages that you need to fit into, but a complete Wayfinding Experience that includes all of your doula care and photography needs: 

two prenatal visits | 24/7 phone/text/email support from time of hire | continuous labor support | 2 postpartum visits | maternity, birth, and newborn photo documentation, including all edited digital images (100+) with print release | Brave Birth class discounts and free weekly New Parent Group | a custom keepsake album

All of this is only secondary to the experienced care and grounding presence I bring to guiding you and documenting your journey as it unfolds.

The Wayfinding Experience is $2800

Payment plans are available for doula photographer services. Please ask for details. Additional discounts can be arranged for marginalized populations at risk of adverse outcomes due to discrimination, including but not limited to people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

If you are thinking about hiring a birth photographer or doula, and the Wayfinding Experience isn’t exactly what you are looking for, I would be happy to learn more about what your needs are and create a custom experience just for you. Reach out today, as space is limited to 2 due dates per month!