Born on 30 April 2019 in Amsterdam
After having experienced the fast birth of Mila, I had not taken up any births in Amsterdam because of the distance. I made one exception last spring, for my dear friend Aylin, who asked me to be their doula for their second child's birth. Our hope and guess was that she would birth slow enough for me to be there on time. That was not the plan of Mira though, who managed to surprise all of us and gave 3 rides to the hospital, full of adrenaline - for the midwife & the mother in one car, for the father who was rushing behind, and for me who was driving and receiving the messages on the progress on my way to the hospital. Even though I departed after 3 contractions, the birth was progressing so fast that at one point, I was almost sure that I would miss the moment of birth, so I sent a voicemail saying I would probably be there to take their first pictures with their baby girl.
And indeed, the moment I reached the birthing room, I saw the placenta and heard the cries of sweet Mira. She was born 19 minutes after arriving at the hospital, and the father barely made it on time. So I initially switched my focus to being the birth photographer and documented the first precious moments of my friends with their baby girl.
We had really lived up to this birth as Aylin gave birth with 41 weeks, so it was a pity I couldn't witness her to give birth as a lioness. Still, it was really special to be there for the birth of a friend. This also meant that I had the extra luck of holding an absolute newborn who wasn't my own child.
Another bonus of doulaing my friend was that I accompanied them to their home and helped them with starting their postpartum journey as the maternity nurse would arrive the next morning. And last, but not least, I got to capture the moment that their son Aksel met his little sister.
So special to have been a part of this journey of becoming a family of four.
Hello mum, hello dad