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Welcoming Lidiya – A Birth Story

You know you have a pretty amazing job, when you wake up to a text like this – “Good morning, heading to the hospital, contractions 2-3 mins apart, will keep you posted.” I hopped out of bed, got dressed, grabbed my camera and headed out the door. I was greeted with snow… lots of freshly falling snow. It was beautiful and I thought what a lovely day to welcome a baby to the world.

When I arrived at the hospital, Leanne and Felix were in one of the triage rooms. It seemed a lot of babies had decided that it was a good day to arrive and there was a little bit of a bed crisis. We spent the first two hours of the morning, wandering the halls, chatting between contractions and hoping a room would be available soon.

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

Felix and Leannne have such a lovely connection with each other, they emanate love and trust for one another…with a healthy dash of humour thrown in!

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

So much love and support.

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

At one point, we got upgraded to the Education room! This meant Leanne was able to sit, rest and have a small bite to eat.

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

Not long after that, she was finally into a room of her own and what a beautiful view it had!

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

Getting hooked up to the monitor, to make sure baby was happy!

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

After being in the room for about an hour, the doctor came in to check on Leanne and it was decided that they would break her water.

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

That was all Leanne needed and her contractions started to come fast and furious.

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

A short time later, Lidiya was born to two very happy and excited parents.

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

Leanne looks so peaceful here.

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

It wasn’t long until she was feeding like a champ!

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

Getting weighed in… 7 lbs 7.5 oz!

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

Some skin to skin cuddles with Daddy!

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

And meeting Grandma for the first time.

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

So much love between these three. Lidiya, you are one lucky little one!

© Katrina Stewart / Kalem Photography 2016

Leanne and Felix, thank you so much for your trust. It was an honour to be a part of your journey yesterday. I wish you a lifetime of happiness with your sweet Lidiya. With gratitude, Katrina.

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