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Claire’s Birth.

December 19, 2012

Our daughter Claire was born at home on November 29, 2012 after 15 hours of labor. This was our first home birth (after having two boys in the hospital), and it was a wonderful experience. I am so glad I had a photographer to capture these images for me. Every time I look at them, I can’t help but feel some of the magic of that day all over again.

A huge thank you to my husband, my sister-in-law (and photographer!), my midwife and her assistant for being my fantastic team on Claire’s birth day. Her birth was amazing. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Photographs by Dayton birth photographer Kristin Jent of Joyful Hearts Birth Photography.



This day had a few firsts for me. It was my family’s first time in New Mexico. We went to visit my husband’s sister and her family, right as she was due to give birth to a baby girl. It was the first time I have photographed a birth. It was also the first time I have been to a home birth (or a water birth). It was a pretty eye-opening experience. My niece was born in the middle of the night, while my boys, my husband, and my sister-in-law’s other two children were all sleeping in the next room. I thought for sure the activity of labor would wake them up, but they all slept right through the birth. Her birth was an amazing, quiet, peaceful experience, and we all fell instantly in love with her. I will treasure the memories and these photographs all my life.

(For more birth photography, please visit our Dayton birth photography business page, Joyful Hearts Birth Photography)

midwife listening for heartbeat

5:05AM. Birth time.
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in the pool at a homebirth

I love how there are five hands on her in this photo.
baby is born

One minute old. Still purple, still squinting against the dim light, still tethered to her mama by the umbilical cord.
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cutting the cord

Getting her weight.
midwife weighing the baby

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newborn baby girl

Welcome to the world, sweet baby girl. I love you, dear.