‘Home birth is not a wild or erratic ch

‘Home birth is not a wild or erratic choice’: Doula and photographer shares intimate images of labor to ‘demystify’ experience
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 09:03 EST, 25 October 2013 | UPDATED: 08:56 EST, 28 October 2013
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For one woman, there is nothing more sacred than capturing the moment a mother gives birth.
Jackie Dives, who for the past three years has has been practicing as a doula — a non-medical member of the birth team who provides physical as well as emotional support during labor — specializes in photography for families who are interested in documenting their birth experience.
‘Too often, birth is portrayed as a scary and dreaded event in a woman’s life,’ the 29-year-old Vancouver resident told MailOnline. ‘As a doula and birth photographer, I witness wonderful births, and think they should be shared in order to demystify the experience.’
Jackie Dives, who for the past three years has has been practicing as a doula, specializes in photography for families interested in documenting their birth experience
Jackie Dives, who for the past three years has has been practicing as a doula, specializes in photography for families interested in documenting their birth experience
Recently, Ms Dives shot a series of photographs that have garnered acclaim for their beautiful and ‘intense’ documentation of a home birth.

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In one of the first images, the soon-to-be mother and wedding photographer, Julia Marincat, plays the piano while her sister massages her back. The series continues with Julia getting into a birth pool as her husband, Cris, helps her to breath deeply.
Two more sisters and the grandmother and grandfather then join the room to experience the first moments with baby Katherine together.
Recently, Ms Dives shot a series of photographs that have garnered acclaim for their beautiful and ‘intense’ documentation of a home birth with soon-to-be mother and wedding photographer, Julia Marincat, and her husband Cris (pictured)
Ms Dives shot a series of photographs that have garnered acclaim for their beautiful documentation of a home birth with soon-to-be mother and wedding photographer, Julia Marincat, and her husband Cris (pictured)
‘Too often, birth is portrayed as a scary and dreaded event in a woman’s life,’ said Ms Dives. ‘I witness wonderful births, and think they should be shared in order to demystify the experience’
‘Too often, birth is portrayed as a scary and dreaded event in a woman’s life,’ said Ms Dives. ‘I witness wonderful births, and think they should be shared in order to demystify the experience’
‘When I arrived at this home birth Mama was playing the piano. The mood was peaceful, with candles lit and soft music on in the background. Mama was surrounded by love. Her partner, her doula, and two of her sisters were there, caring for her,’ writes Ms Dives on her blog.
‘Photographing a home birth is usually very peaceful and comfortable. At a home birth, the couple has chosen exactly who they want to have present, so they are able to be themselves, which I believe is a very important part of birthing, especially for the mother,’ she adds.
‘Seeing a being come into the world is quite special, and to be asked to document that moment in time, is the pinnacle of documentary photography for me. Usually, when I am photographing a birth I am also very involved in the experience. It’s definitely up close and personal, which I love.’
The series continues with Julia getting into a birth pool as her husband, Cris, helps her to breath deeply
The series continues with Julia getting into a birth pool as her husband, Cris, helps her to breath deeply
‘At a home birth, the couple has chosen exactly…

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