I’m on-call for my last baby of the year.  Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving.  My life - this wild, wonderful, beautiful life that I get to live - has the ability to change in a moment.  While I plan to go eat my weight in mashed potatoes and broccoli casserole tomorrow, there’s a good chance that I’ll spend it within the walls of the University of Louisville hospital with one of my darling client-friends.  Because being post dates is the pits, I figured she could use a little cheering up, so here we go.

Today, I am thankful for nurses that are willing to pick up my camera when I’m not allowed into an OR.

I’m thankful for that time that four midwives and a birth photographer walked into a bathroom.

I’m thankful that this Momma got her rainbow baby.

I’m thankful that I got the call JUST in time to witness this sweet couple become parents.

I’m thankful for the ability to document this moment for darling friends.

I’m thankful for normal birth … especially when it happens in a car … 

I’m thankful for awesome midwives, OBs and nurses.

I’m thankful for empowered parents.

I’m thankful for Dads that sing to their babies.

I’m thankful for technology to help ease the pain of separation to a NICU, for bringing these babies to these Mommas, and to help them grow and thrive when they came a little early.

I’m thankful for hospitals that toss protocol out the window to allow me into their sacred spaces.

I’m thankful for badass HBACs.

I’m thankful for healing births.

I’m thankful for the wild, crazy ride that acknowledging this moment took me on.

I’m thankful for the moment that a Mom realizes that she’s stronger than she thinks.

I’m thankful for this moment, always.

I’m thankful that sometimes, our babies know what is best for us, even if our plan has to change a little bit.

I’m thankful that my families trust me to provide the very best for them, through so many milestones in their lives.

I’m thankful for golden hour.

And last, but not least, I’m thankful for the families that welcome me into their birth spaces to document such an amazing time in their lives.  I’m thankful for the care providers that smile when they see me walking down the hallway.  I’m thankful for the nurses that take their time doing a newborn assessment so I can follow along.  I’m thankful for the grandmas, the sisters, the cousins, the besties that share their person with me, for just a little while.  I’m thankful for the partners that don’t hesitate to understand the importance of what I do.  I’m thankful for the Mommas that work so hard, and know that they only get this moment once.

I hope that your Thanksgiving is full of love and warmth and way too much turkey - as the year winds down, I’m so excited to see what 2018 brings for all of us.

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