The Birth of Klea: A Home Birth in Manhattan

Trisha & John called me on the July 4th as Trish was in early labor (her first child, a baby girl)– I had been anticipating this call for some time and was excited to finally head over to their sweet manhattan apartment, which over the years John had tricked out with all sorts of customizations to make efficient use of their space. Their Doula was already there when I arrived, and I joked that this baby would be “Born on the Fourth of July,” but little Klea held out until the 5th! All in all I was there documenting for 28 hours (don’t worry, I napped here and there when it seemed like I wouldn’t be missing much and they would have woken me up if things heated up while I was asleep!) You’ll see the time of day/night change a bunch over the course of this photo set, and when it was not by the window in daytime I was pushing the limit of what I can capture in very low light. Of course home births are almost always in dim lighting, so this was no surprise, and though I never use flash of course I do come prepared with very fast lenses, ready to shoot open wide at F1.2 or 1.4 and push my ISO to numbers I would never want to hit at a wedding…

Trish has written up her experience in detail, responding to my birth book project questions with great clarity and thoughtfulness, so I will post her story on my blog, which you can see at the link here:
As I felt compelled to tell her during the labor, she is a champion, and I can’t thank her enough for sharing this incredible experience with me and those who are interested in my work, home birth, and birth in general. Congratulations, Trish & John!

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