Breanna Gravener is a professional photographer based in Bendigo, Australia who specializes in photographing births. Last month, she received a text that one of her clients, Corinne, had just gone into labor. Corrine had been up since early that morning experiencing regular contractions. The situation didn't seem too urgent, until Gravener received another message just thirty minutes later. The expectant couple were on the way to the nearest hospital, a half-hour drive, with their three-year-old in tow. Gravener planned to meet Corinne and her husband Mishi there.
Gravener didn't realize just how far along Corinne was when she made her way to the hospital. As soon as the couple hit the first speed bump Corinne was questioning if they would make it to the maternity ward in time. Using soothing music and visualizations Corinne was able to stay focused on breathing and relaxing her muscles. When they made the turnoff towards the hospital Corinne announced she could feel the baby's head and it was time to pull over.
Luckily, Gravener had her camera ready, and rushed to the car when she saw the couple pull over to the side of the road. Matilda came into the world fast, giving Mishi just enough time to rush to Corinne's side in the passenger seat and catch their daughter. The incredible photos and Corrine's story, in her own words, can be found here on Gravener's blog, The Birth Story.
"I've been photographing births for one year. Every birth is different," Gravener said." Whilst I have captured births that came quickly at home before, I haven't captured one on the way to hospital. It was a joyful and calm experience for all involved. "
Corinne credits hypnobirthing techniques for helping to ease the birth and for keeping everyone involved calm. Matilda and Corinne were escorted by paramedics to the hospital shortly afterwards and both are doing great.