I had never photographed a birth where the couple had hired a doula before. Something about that profession has always caught my attention. It may well be that my family has a long time friend that is a doula herself and I have always admired her kind spirit. Coincidentally I would be working with one of her friends, Rene Johnson, owner/doula of Birth Help in Baton Rouge, LA. (For those of you that may not recognize the term doula: A doula is a trained professional that helps mothers during the labor process and ensures that they know all of the choices that are available during their delivery. They attend to a mother’s emotional and physical comfort as well as making sure things run smoothly during the birth along a doctor or midwife.) Candice and Cameron had all their plans set on meeting little Jack with Rene’s assistance. Cameron himself was one of those very supporting and ready-for-action dads. It’s so comforting to have your mate by your side cheering you on the whole way through. Especially when you are having a natural birth.
Every minute of that labor process was so worth it to meet the cutest little newborn boy I have ever met, Jack. Nothing else mattered to this sweet family but their new bundle of joy. Isn’t he the cutest! This is baby Jack’s Birth Story.