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Rainbows are awesome | atlanta baby photographer

November 29, 2017  •  1 Comment

Rainbows and babies. Both are things that make most people smile. If they don't make you smile then you need some happiness in your life. Separately they mean one thing but put them together they mean something totally different. In a previous post, I explained about rainbow babies which are babies born after the loss of a previous baby or child. Didn't mean to bring you down, but this should bring you back up. A very good client of mine is expecting their first child after the loss of their baby during her second trimester. She and her husband are ecstatic, as am I! The last time I photographed them was when her parents were visiting from Africa. On a side note, her mother has since passed away, but at least she has the portraits that I took for them. Knowing things like that make my job even more worthwhile.

The reason for her loss was because she was born with a short cervix, also known as cervical insufficiency or cervical incompetence. At 24 weeks the mother's cervix is generally 35 mm long, but when a woman has a short cervix, it is 25 mm or less. As you can see from the measurements, this would present a problem. This particular condition can be treated with medicine or something a bit more drastic like stitching the cervix closed. The latter is the choice my client made. She said she didn't want to take any chances. 

Before my client told me about her condition, I had never heard of it. From what she told me, cervical insufficiency is not usually diagnosed until after the mother loses her baby. Evidently there is no diagnostic test for this condition, which is quite unfortunate. So this means many more women will have to suffer a miscarriage because of this condition. Even though my client suffered a loss because of this condition, she has chosen to become an advocate for informing women about it. 

I said all of that to say that we had her session on my birthday because she waited a bit late to let me know that she was pregnant and wanted to capture her pregnancy in portraits. You know how it is. You're pregnant and working and trying to get everything ready. Portraits are the last thing on your mind until it hits you that you will probably not be pregnant again and you need to do something about that. Plus I think it took time for her to find my contact information. She told me she was having the C-section on the 21st and I talked to her maybe a week and a half prior to that. Considering it was such short notice the only day I had available was my birthday because I don't normally work on my birthday. It really is great that I love what I do and my work doesn't feel like work because otherwise, working on my birthday would suck.  

We had the session at Stone Mountain Park. It was a lovely day. Maybe about 64 degrees and sunny. We went to my favorite spot for photographing. The light there is always spectacular! We talked and laughed and had a great time. We're both rather silly so there was so much for us to laugh about. Below are a few images from the session. The first is my absolute favorite. She just looks so gorgeous!

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Jeannine (Mom)(non-registered)
Love these pictures of my beautiful girl!
Great shots! ❤️
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