Pregnancy


Tallahassee Maternity Photography 1

Tallahassee Maternity PhotographyThere are many, many professional maternity photographers in Tallahassee, more than I listed below, I am sure. There are a variety of styles and techniques, so looking around to find the one who fits your vision for what you would like your maternity pictures to look like is important. If you have a friend or family member who has beautiful photography hanging on their walls, ask who the photographer is! Same goes if you see family photos that aren’t so lovely…. 😉

So, why would you want maternity photos? As much as you believe you’ll remember exactly what you look like as an almost fully pregnant woman, you’d be surprised how quickly things change after your baby arrives! For this reason, I encourage my clients to have maternity photos taken (and the exact same reason I offer bellycasting services!). You will appreciate these photos for years to come, so embrace your new body and hire a photographer!

 

Tallahassee maternity photography:

Bellflower PhotographyTallahassee Pregnancy Photography

Beth Johnson Photography

Catalytic Camera

Captured by Casey

Christy Baldwin Photography

Elizabeth Birdwell Photography

Elizabeth Davis Photography

Jessica Diane Photography

Kira Derryberry Photography

Long’s Photography

 

If you know of a maternity photographer who is not on this list, please email their information to Leslee@BoldBirth.org. I’d be happy to connect with them to see if they would like to be included on my Tallahassee maternity photographer resource list.

Please visit my resource lists on Tallahassee Birth Photographers and Tallahassee Newborn Photographers.


Tallahassee Birth Photography 1

BBirth 1irth photography is a growing trend in the birth world. While some say they wouldn’t want their births photographed, but I can see the appeal – not only would you get to relive your birth experience over and over again through the photographer’s lens, you’d be getting the opportunity to see yourself in action on your biggest day.

After talking with a few photographers, here’s what you can expect: The typical scenario is that they will meet with you before your birth to get an idea of what types of pictures you would like from your experience. They will then meet you at your place of birth, be it home, birth center, or hospital, once you’re ready to meet your baby.

Although I didn’t have use a photographer for my daughter’s birth, I wish I had and I certainly will hire one if there’s ever a Bold Baby 2.0. I did ask my doula to take pictures, told her she could take whatever pictures she could rather than have no pictures at all. Birth 1-5

I’ve taken photos at births, but because I’m focused on supporting you and your partner during birth, I tend to get very few until after the baby is born – that’s when I usually take the most pictures, and get lots of good ones of you bonding with your little one.

There are several professional birth photographers in Tallahassee, you are sure to find the one with a style that speaks to your vision.

 

Tallahassee birth photography:

Catalytic Camera

Captured by Casey

Christy Baldwin Photography

Jessica Diane Photography

 

If you know of a birth photographer who is not on this list, please email their information to Leslee@BoldBirth.org. I’d be happy to connect with them to see if they would like to be included on my Tallahassee birth photographer resource list.

Please visit my resource lists on Tallahassee Maternity Photographers and Tallahassee Newborn Photographers.


Meet Sarah Ward, IBCLC of Tallahassee Lactation Care 2

Today I’d like to introduce you to Sarah Ward, IBCLC, owner of Tallahassee Lactation Care, and one of the most thoughtful and uplifting people I’ve ever met. The number of people who would like to bottle Sarah’s warmth and kindness numbers in the thousands, I am certain.I sat down with Sarah to learn more about how she became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and what inspires her life’s work.

Sarah and I will be together at the Capital Area Breastfeeding Coalition‘s booth at this Saturday’s Good to Be Green Festival.

Tallahassee Lactation CareWhat made you interested in becoming an IBCLC?

I became interested in becoming an IBCLC after I met one for the first time. My first son was days old and breastfeeding was a disaster. Every time he came near me, he became hysterical. I was sure it would never work out, and that I would have to pump forever. She never doubted me, though. Ever. We had many obstacles to overcome, but at two months he latched onto me without any devices, prep, or finger crossing. And it was magical! Whatever a woman’s breastfeeding goals may be, I want to help her get there. Because that reaching the top of the mountain part, that’s juicy!

What is your favorite part about being an IBCLC?

Holding tiny new babies is definitely a job perk for me! However my favorite part is empowering mom to be her best self. No one really talks at baby showers about the monumental role change from woman to mother. I found it to be overwhelming, powerful, intense, and mostly just instantaneous. All of a sudden you are responsible for another’s life, and perhaps even his only source of sustenance. Encouraging mom to trust her own instincts and to listen for that wise voice inside, believing in a mom until she believes in herself. THAT is my favorite part of being an IBCLC.

Where did you grow up?Babywearing Tallahassee

I grew up in Temple Terrace, FL, which is a tiny town outside of Tampa. I lived in the same house almost my whole life with my mom, dad, and sister. We could walk a block down to the Hillsborough River. It wasn’t terribly exciting, but it also wasn’t tragic. I hope I can give my kids the same slow and steady upbringing.

What is your favorite part about Tallahassee?

My favorite part about Tallahassee is the people. There seems to be a greater number of open-minded and tolerant people than anywhere else I have lived. I love that it’s small enough that I will probably run into a friend or two when out and about, but it’s also big enough that there’s always something to do.

What is something about you that we would be surprised to hear?

I think most people would be surprised to know that I can’t use a manual can opener, and honestly I’m terrible with the electric ones too. I also, can’t use a lighter to save my life. You know the the small one that people use to light cigarettes? I just can’t get it to work. And to round out my list of shortcomings, you might as well know that I am terrified of being burned by the oven. If anyone else is home, I always ask them to take out whatever is finished in the oven. I’ve never been burned, but just can’t shake this fear.

Tallahassee BabywearingBesides the oven, do you have a most hated household chore?

My most hated household chore is cleaning out the car. The level of disorder in my car, usually mirrors the level of chaos in my life. I try to get through the whole thing every week, because I really do feel better when it’s done. That said, I ask every holiday for someone else to do it for me!

I think you deserve many, many trophies, but have you ever won one?

I have won a trophy, thanks for asking! My mom was one of 7 kids, two boys and 5 girls. The girls all took married names that began with either S or W, while the boys kept the family name which begins with a W. All of their children are my cousins. Our generations has also taken on the marrying of Ss and Ws. So each year at the family reunion, the Ss compete against the Ws in games like Scrabble, mini golf, sand castle building, etc. When we were younger, the patriarch of the family would hand out his old golfing trophies that had new name plates on them like “Best in Volleyball,” or whatever the game was. It was a traveling trophy so the next year if the Ss lost, they would have to pass it on to the Ws. We haven’t given out trophies in years, but it’s still my favorite week every year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Meet My Doula: Lindsey of Mother Rising Birth 1

To finish off a wonderful World Doula Week, I’ve interviewed MY doula, Lindsey of Mother Rising Birth. In addition to doula work, Lindsey is a Birthing From Within educator, and placenta encapsulator.

While I was pregnant, I had a friend who said to me, “I know two doulas and they both live in Tallahassee. You have to hire her.” And so I hired Lindsey. I cannot say enough how thankful I am that my husband and I had Lindsey to walk by us as we found our next best things during our daughter’s birth. When I returned to birthwork four years ago, we founded the Tallahassee Doula Co-Op and it has been quite a wonderful journey ever since.

Lindsey Morrow Mother Rising

What made you interested in birth and doula work?

A friend of mine told me what a doula was and that made so much sense to me. It was like that job description was made just for me. I always had an interest in birth and loved helping people so it just made sense.

Who has inspired you in birth or otherwise?

Barbara Harper was the first to inspire me about the birth world. Her book, Gentle Birth Choices, was one of those books that changed my life. She opened my eyes to how natural birth works and the benefits of a water birth [You’ve gotta read about Lindsey’s beautiful water birth]. I’m so grateful Barbara taught me so much, so early on. Between her and my mother, they have both taught me to approach birth as an adventure, without stress and with a lot of curiosity!

What is your favorite part about being a doula?

My favorite part about being a doula is that I get to witness sweet compassion from the dads, amazing strength from the moms, and a miracle as a baby is born.

 

Ok, now for some non-birthy questions! Where did you grow up? Lindsey Morrow Mother Rising 2

I grew up in Rochester, NY, and Orlando, FL.

 

You came to Tallahassee for school, what is it you love about this town?

My favorite part about Tallahassee is that I always see someone I know when I’m out and about.

 

What do you like to do when you have some quiet time?

My favorite thing is to clean and organize. I think it helps me cope with stress! A win-win, right?

 

You must have a least favorite chore, though. What is one thing you hate to clean?

Ugh. Despite my love for cleaning, I do not love cleaning my bathroom. I am considering hiring someone to clean that one room.