Sunday, February 10, 2008

Surgical delivery

I wondered if it would feel different to tape and photograph a surgery for a close friend, versus doing it out of interest, like this post from Ethiopia, or doing it for a client. In terms of shooting, it was a bit different because I was joking with Jennifer and Luis. And, I was more consious than usual about staying back because I really did not want to be kicked out.


A tripod would have been a HUGE help. With one, I could have focused on stills while getting video. Instead, I went back and forth, holding the cameras up high to see over the barrier between Jenn's face and her tummy. When I saw Mia's head, I thought I had somehow missed the doctors taking her out. I shot a bit of video, then switched to the still just as they pulled the rest of her body out. Missing that beautiful motion on video kept me awake last night.


Here it is in stills. Amazing, isn't it, that we live so perfectly in our mother's body? Simply incredible.



When the doctors pulled Mia out, they started talking in Spanish. I didn't catch what they were saying, but Jenn heard something along the lines of "wow, that's weird - no wonder!" Turns out, Mia's umbilical cord was less than half the length of a normal cord. Mia couldn't push down properly on Jenn's cervix and help the birth along. Here, one of the doctors shows us the cord, comparing it to the length of a normal cord. We are all glad Jenn didn't keep trying, as a normal birth would not have been possible.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

She is BEAUTIFUL!!!
When I had my babies, the first thing I did was look at the color of the tips of their ears and tips of their fingers, because that is what tone their skin will ultimatly be, fyi :-) (Kind of a fun fact :-)
Cant wait to see future pics!
Tell the new parents CONGRATS!
So glad you got to be there Heidi!
KT

nosmallfeat said...

Wow
Wow
WOW!

Welcome to the world Mia Grace! You are beautiful and strong and oh did I mention beautiful?

I am so glad it worked out Heidi that you were there to chronicle this blessed event for your friends. It is a gift beyond measure for them, I'm know.

Enjoy the rest of your visit and send our congratulations to Jenn and Luis.

XOXO
Laura and Brian

nosmallfeat said...

Wow
Wow
WOW!

Welcome to the world Mia Grace! You are beautiful and strong and oh did I mention beautiful?

I am so glad it worked out Heidi that you were there to chronicle this blessed event for your friends. It is a gift beyond measure for them, I'm know.

Enjoy the rest of your visit and send our congratulations to Jenn and Luis.

XOXO
Laura and Brian

The Barr Family said...

ok- this is going to sound really clinical- but do you know exactly how long the cord was? I love these pictures! They are amazing- really amazing...how cool you were there when they left her mom's belly and took her first breaths...I think I need to have another baby so you can come and be with me! (A lot of work just to get a visit- I know)

Laura said...

Who needs fertility doctors? Just the promise of a visit from Heidi is enough to get those eggs hatching! LOL

Emily, you crack me up!
XOXO