Last week I delivered the gallery for a Vaginal Birth in South Los Angeles that I had photographed in August.

The family was finally ready to receive them and I was delighted to release their story for them.

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I remember walking into the L&D room at Whittier Hospital and finding mamma J in full labor.
We had only spoken over the phone a week before to finalize her wishes and the meaningful moments of her birth.

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I was relieved to see that despite my presence, she was rocking the waves of labor, supported by her amazing husband D, who never left her sight.

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And even when she reached the phase of transition, she pushed through, trusting her support team, including her amazing nurse who showed up with a box full of tricks and comfort measures that would make a doula smile.

Moment after birth captured by Los Angeles Birth Photographer Diana Hinek for ArtShaped Photography and Birth Services

Her baby was born pink and alert, with a strong voice who had lots to say. Dad and mom were both in tears of joy and yet I am always amazed to see how moms still preserve that glow of beauty, no matter how many hours have they been in labor.
I dare any athlete look so gorgeous after their most strenuous performance!

To this day, mamma J tells me how important she felt in having me there capturing their birth for her family. Recently Daddy D reached out to see if we orchestrate a Valentine’s Day surprise and gift her with some prints from the birth. Boy he planned that one so well!!

Mamma J was in tears and so happily surprised!

Here are some of my favorite images of this beautiful family’s birth.

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