Would you ever want to birth in from of your children? Would you allow your children to witness your birthing? Well, that is what Felisha Boehme decided to do. A Canadian mother to three, Felisha chose to have a home birth surrounded by her family.
Kaylee Ralph of Kaylee Ralph Photography, a professional photographer, took incredible shots of Felisha and her family which will make you think again. The beautiful images are an inspiration to have your family by your side, even if that meant having your children go into labor.
You will want to relive the emotions of the Boehme’s through the wonderful shots of Kaylee’s birth photography. These just make the picture-perfect home birth that you will surely want to look at.
1. Felisha’s home birth:
Felisha was a mother to her three children aged between two and six when she chose to have her fourth. With the previous deliveries being natural and super fast, she thought it was a perfect time to try a home birth.
2. Choosing to have her children present at delivery:
At first, Felisha and her husband Tate thought that they were going to send their children to their grandmother’s house. But Felisha’s midwives recommended that the kids be there, so they let them stay home and witness the childbirth.
3. Capturing a home birth on the lens:
Kaylee confessed that her secret dream was to be a midwife. So when the couple hired her to be their birth photographer, she was super excited to be a part of the whole thing.
4. Capturing the rawness of birthing:
Kaylee Ralph says how she is mesmerized by the power of women’s bodies to bring a child into this world. She loves the rawness of the birthing experience.
5. This is how the children reacted:
One might think that the children were scared or anxious to watch their mother go in labor. But Felisha’s children were very quiet and calm during the birth as she worked hard to bring her fourth child into the world.
6. The uncensored pictures:
Kaylee’s pictures beautifully capture the pain that Felisha endured to bring her fourth child into the world.
7. Enduring the Pain:
Kaylee believes that birth photographs can powerfully capture the emotions that the birthing mother is going through. You can feel what she is feeling just by looking at the pictures.
8. Birth Photography is powerful:
Kaylee thinks that the best thing about birth photography is the feeling that comes over the place, the peace, the relief, and the love of the mother. It all seems raw and like you ‘experience a little piece of heaven’.
9. Meeting the baby for the first time:
Perhaps the joy of holding her baby for the first time by the mother is best expressed through a picture.
10. Welcome, Kendrix!
The Boehmes welcome the new addition to the family. Here arrives the little boy!
11. The family witnesses:
Felisha’s birth experience became a special one with her husband and three children being with her through every stage.
12. Hello, brother!
The adorable moment when Felisha and Tate’s youngest child Cree reaches to embrace her brother Kendrix.
13. Overcome by emotions:
The picture shows Khyrum, 6, overcome by emotions to witness the birth.
14. Weighing the baby:
Kendrix weighs seven pounds, three ounces – just perfect through it all.
15. The female force:
Eve Hepburn and Terri King Demers, Felisha’s midwives were with the mother and her family throughout.
16. Big sister in training:
The two-year-old Cree now donning the role of a big sister as she gets trained on caring for her sibling. She sure is going to be a wonderfully helping sister.
17. The beautiful sibling bond:
The three big siblings are happy to have the newbie in the family. So cute!
The family grows to six:
For Kaylee Ralph, Kendrix’s birth holds a special place because it was the first home birth photography that she captured and it’s what made the Boehme family’s experience very touching.