The Art of Birth: storytelling of birth photography – 42 weeks model, Audrey’s Birth

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This beautiful video is a mix of still shots and video of 42 weeks model, Audrey’s recent birth of her baby girl in OLOL Drogheda. Video and Birth Photography by Angela Martin, Redboots Photography Advertisements

With Woman

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I missed the conception – the sweet pain, the writhing, the sweat and moans and the ecstasy.

During your bearing I have not been there either.

But I am here now. I am with you.

Woman do not fear, come with me. Together we will come to a place of joy.

I will guide you through churning waters and bring you to harbour.

To shore.

And when the moon calls me again I will go back out to the wild to seek another soul to bring to safety.

To Bliss. Fulfilment.

In the blue scrubs and bright lights I am with you, Woman, I am here with you

In the flurry of injections, cord traction and machines that go beep, and pip and squeak.

I am with you – stars in darkness, rolling black waters.

Sweet pain, writhing, sweat, moaning and glorious profound actualisation.

Take my hand, my heart. I am yours for as long as you need me.

So sweet woman, come to shore. To the culmination of love and hope.

Rivulets of blood and perspiration. Ruddy cheeks and eyes bright.

Days swim into night.

We are of the world and out of it.

Foreheads pressed. Whispering. Strength and gentleness meld, melt and merge.

Pushing, panting, gasping, smiling, crying, laughing, and perfect, perfect joy.

And as your needs release me I am not sure which one of us floats from the other.

Yet I will always be with you.

Naomi M. O’Donovan, Student Midwife

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All birth stories and images featured in 42 weeks have been generously shared by members of the public in Ireland. If you would like to take part and share your story, we would love to hear from you. Get in touch through the website http://www.42weeks.ie, through Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/42weeks or follow us on Twitter at @42_weeks.

Pages from the sketchbook of an expectant mother waiting for her new arrival

“A few days before our little man was born I ended up in hospital with a rotten infection. I spent the days in isolation. These were drawings I did the night before our little man was born…these were painted as an affirmation or a prayer that our baby would just come out safely. By that time, the night before he was born, I was very worried something was wrong with him because I had been so sick.” Continue reading