I'm North Texas Photographer Desiree Chapman, and I travel all over the DFW Metroplex capturing the precious and fleeting stages of families, children and grandchildren. Precious Newborns, Cancer Survivors, Special Needs Families....I am fortunate to photograph them; I'm richer for the stories that come with the pictures. From the Dallas Arboretum to Historic Downtown McKinney, I'm meeting people who are trusting me to see their loved ones as they do; lovingly documenting them for posterity.

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To Witness a Birth…This is Not for the Squeamish!

Photographing a Rare Birth

About a year and half ago I had the honor of photographing a birth! It wasn’t my first birth session, but it was my first home birth.  I had just delivered my son six weeks earlier, and missed out on my long-anticipated home birth because of a complication. Unfortunately, I had to have a c-section. Needless to say I was devastated. So photographing this water birth was really a healing moment for me.

pregnant woman in water with hands on her belly forming a heart.

That being said, it’s quite different watching someone else experience a familiar pain. I was thinking the whole time that  her pain levels were above and beyond what I had gone through and I remember wishing so badly I could take it all away.  But in the end, a beautiful baby was born. And again, the joy far outweighs the pain.

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In the process of his birth, I was able to catch a rare moment of him born en caul. I had never seen this before. The medical community believes it’s necessary to break the membranes for a baby to be born, but midwives know better. The amniotic sac was not broken until AFTER the baby came out. It’s a pretty special moment. The belief is that babies born en caul have a special calling on their lives. Knowing this family, I believe that with all my heart.  His mamma believed if he hadn’t been born en caul the birth would have been even more painful. If you have never seen it, here is your chance:

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  1. Ellie Augustin 07/19/2013 at 4:11 pm

    I believe it’s true. My 6 yr old daughter was also born at home and she was also born en caul. She was our amazing gift after we lost our oldest daughter to SIDS. She is one amazing little gift & we are so blessed to have her.

    • Desiree Chapman 07/19/2013 at 5:30 pm

      thank you so much for sharing your story. I am so sorry about your oldest daughter. May her memory be eternal.