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November 18, 2019

Protected: Sheena’s Fast labor at OHSU

Family of three after birth at OHSU in Portland

Birth is unpredictable. I spent two days off-and-on with Mariah and Seth. She was dilated to 7cm, but contractions had stopped. I went to her at the birth center, stayed the night, then returned home to give her some space to get back into her groove — while her wonderful midwives worked their magic. A […]

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August 5, 2019

The Birth of Audrey: Mariah’s Story

I’m always amazed at the raw strength women posses. Ali worked so hard to bring her baby girl into this world. She pushed for THREE HOURS. When she thought she couldn’t do it anymore, her incredible support team was right there by her side to tell her how amazing she is, that she can do […]

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July 17, 2019

Ali’s Birth Story

by Natalie Broders, Portland Birth Photographer Treating Engorgement Let me take a guess. When you were pregnant, you probably prepared for birth. Did you read books? Check. Take a class? Check. Prepare for breastfeeding? *crickets* Girl, same. Absolutely NOTHING could have prepared me for the engorgement that happened on day 3 or 4 – when […]


July 14, 2019

Top 3 Tips to Relieve Engorgement (first week with baby)

Anyone who’s ever been pregnant will nod in solemn agreement when you talk about the end of pregnancy. Not only is the end physically trying, it’s emotionally and mentally exhausting, too. Sophia’s first son was born two weeks late. She expected to go late again – but that didn’t make it any easier. 40 weeks […]

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June 11, 2019

Sophia’s Home Birth Story

Jackie wanted to go into labor on her own. Her first two babies were inductions, and she wanted to see what it would be like. They went ahead and scheduled her induction the week after her due date. The clock was ticking. She wanted to know her body could do this. She wanted to know […]

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June 3, 2019

Owen’s Birth Story

by Natalie Broders, Portland Birth Photographer If you’ve had a baby before, you know how tough it can be to feed yourself postpartum.. Let alone cook for your whole family. These crockpot freezer meals can be made ahead and frozen, so all you (or your partner) has to do to start dinner is throw it […]


May 20, 2019

Crockpot Freezer Meals: Postpartum Survival Guide

by Natalie Broders, Portland Birth Photographer Skin to skin: WHY is it important immediately after birth? Did you know that immediate skin to skin is one of the most effective methods for promoting exclusive breastfeeding short AND long term? Skin to skin contact: promotes bonding between mother and baby Helps baby maintain body temperature better […]


May 2, 2019

Skin to Skin

Note from birth photographer Natalie Broders: Trigger warning: Infant resuscitation. This is a birth that shook me to my core. It took time for all of us to process what had happened. Everyone is okay. We are all so grateful for baby Camden, every single time we see him. I will never forget the superhuman […]

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April 14, 2019

Camden’s Birth Story

strong woman pushes her baby out during hospital birth

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April 13, 2019

Surviving the 4th Trimester: Life After Birth

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