I’ve tried writing this blog post a hundred times in my head, but I’m no writer (for those that follow the blog, you know that I don’t write a whole lot!), so here I am struggling again in how to put this incredible birth into words. I’ll never do their birth story justice, so use your imagination and know that everything was even more incredible than I could try to put into words here. It doesn’t help that Kendra is one of my nearest and dearest friends… I adore her, her heart for people and The Lord, and am beyond thankful for her friendship in my life. And now I can add, “Super Labor Woman” to her list of amazing qualities! She (and Dan, aka “Super-Loving Support Daddy”… seriously, look at him and his love for his wife!) actively labored for THREE days!! I was only with them for 24-ish hours (still my longest birth yet)! Rockstars… they are rockstars… and Kendra did the whole 3 days med-free until the absolute very end when her body just wouldn’t progress any further. Kendra and Dan started at the most lovely place to birth a baby, Health Foundations in St. Paul, but were transferred to Regions Hospital when her body needed a little support to help them meet this sweet babe they’ve waited so long for! In the end, a c-section was the the last resort and necessary to help bring sweet Luca into the world – but all that mattered was he was here and he was perfect in every way!

I may or may not have bawled my eyes out when Dan went over to meet their new baby and I was left with Kendra for a short minute… and I may have bawled again when editing these photos… I LOVE watching people I love become Mommy and Daddy!!!

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  • Noemi Hedrick - March 24, 2016 - 10:59 pm

    Absolutely. Beautiful. Seriously. Gorgeous. I felt like I was there. Incredible moments captured for a lifetime. Tasha…you are so talented!

I sent my typical birth inquiry email response to a typical birth inquiry… Minutes later, I received a phone call from Christine. “Hey Tasha! So I am pregnant with twins… But they’re not mine… I’m a surrogate… for a couple in Israel… What do you think?” Um…. yes please! I think my response was, “I’m SO your girl. I’ve always wanted to photograph a surrogacy birth!” We went on to chat more details about due date and when the guys were flying in, with their families, to be here for the birth. Not all went according to plan, though. I got a call on a Friday morning in December, weeks before what was to be the already early arrival date for the twins, and it also happened to be the day that the guys, their son and their parents were all on a flight to Minnesota. “Tasha, the babies are coming today… In an hour. It’s a non-emergent emergency c-section.” I panicked. I was home, in my sweats and un-showered because the kids and I were going to be home all day, doing nothing. I hung up and proceeded to call every possible person that I thought might be able to watch the kids for me RIGHT NOW. Thankfully, my good friend, graciously offered AND she was on my way to the Waconia Ridgeview Medical Center (which was 45 minutes away)! I rushed to put myself together and get the kids in the car and we were off. I text Christine on the way and she jokingly said, “Don’t worry. I’ll stall them 🙂 .” She did! I made it with minutes to spare. I was handed scrubs, snapped a few “before” pics and off we went to the OR. The twins came quickly and were whisked away equally as fast to the NICU due to their early arrival. Sadly, the family was all mid-flight when the twins arrived, but I was able to come back a few days later and capture them all together in NICU. Are they not some of the most beautiful babies you’ve ever seen? This story was an amazing one to capture and I’d love to document more surrogate births again soon :).

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  • Michelle - February 8, 2016 - 9:13 am

    These are beautiful Tasha! What an amazing story, what an honor to be able to capture this incredible moment for this couple and all involved!

  • Tasha - February 8, 2016 - 9:36 am

    Thank you, Michelle! So sweet of you to come visit and write 🙂