January 20th was just like any other Monday. Josh and Lori went about their day and that very evening, Josh boarded a flight across the country for a work trip.
Around 8pm, my phone rang. In a soothing and calm voice, Lori’s doula, Leila, says to me “soooo… Lori’s water broke and she’s having contractions. She’s a few weeks early and just put Josh on a plane across the country.”
Having only attempted to convince Josh and Lori during their maternity session that they needed me in the delivery room (because that’s what i do to practically every pregnant woman i see) – i wasn’t sure what that meant for me. “Does she want me there? We hadn’t actually confirmed that!”
and just like that… i hurriedly gathered my gear and made my way to the hospital. The hospital is always quiet at that time of night. The halls are empty. Visitors and staff have gone home. But me and my little camera are making our way through to labor and delivery to witness a miracle!!!
Lori was a true champion. Her natural birth plan was one of the most beautiful that i have ever been fortunate to witness. She quietly focused on her body and what it was telling her.Just as Josh landed in Phoenix, he received the message that Lori had gone into labor. He and his colleague quickly secured a rental car and drove back to Amarillo. Through wonders of technology, he was able to FaceTime with Lori during the entire process. His reassurance was calm and quiet – but present as he spoke words of encouragement to Lori through a tiny screen.Surprise! It’s a GIRL!the following morning Josh was safely in town and their little family was finally together. Josh and Lori – i love it. this whole process. having met you both. being able to capture these sweet memories for you. everything was perfect and so inspiring. Your birth story is one of the most awakening experiences i have ever been a witness to. thank you for trusting me with your special memories and moments. i cannot wait to see how you grow as a family together!
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