Baby Tim’s Birth – One Year Later {Colorado Birth Photographer}

How has it already been a year? I welcome this day with joy and happiness knowing that Tim is doing great- walking, playing, enjoying life. Looking back at these images reminds me that he is a miracle. Happy 1st Birthday Timothy. You are a gift.

This is not and never will be a condemnation of home birth. Every family should be given the option to birth how and where they want. Just as every hospital birth can’t be prediction of a good or bad outcome, neither can a home birth. I encourage all families to research what is the best fit for them and find a trusted care provider that will help them on their journey. My job is to tell the story, and this is Timothy’s.

Timothy’s birth was a home birth after a cesarean (HBAC). His parents had tried to have a VBAC at the local hospital but were denied without being given any medical reason. They opted for a home birth instead.

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Her labor was progressing beautifully. Her husband was an awesome support, her midwives both attentive and giving them space to work as a team. Everything was going beautifully.

Homebirth Photography Colorado laboring in the shower

Until it didn’t. When Baby Tim started to crown his heart beat could not be found, which is not uncommon in the final stages of delivery but can be a sign of a baby that will need extra help. The mom did an heroic job pushing to get him out as fast as possible. It was clear he needed help. The midwife immediately started CPR and asked me to call 911. Tim didn’t have a heartbeat for four minutes.

After what felt like the longest phone conversation I had ever had, I heard the ambulance race down the street and the house was filled with people there to help Baby Tim. He was taken away and later sent to Children’s Hospital via helicopter. As a professional choice, and respect to the family and care providers, I choose to no longer continue photographing once CPR started, but believe his life was saved because of the CPR that was performed.


The next day I went to the NICU to find Baby Tim in a cooling cap because of seizures. Baby Tim was diagnosed with Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE, which is a brain injury caused by oxygen deprivation to the brain, also commonly known as intrapartum asphyxia. (source) The family was told they didn’t expect him to live through the night. These would be the only photographs they would have of him. Well guess what?


(His older brother waiting patiently in the NICU, helping his mom eat some lunch.) Colorado-NICU-Photographer-Childrens-Hospital

One week later here he is, breastfeeding and preparing to go home!!! A true miracle.


I think about Baby Tim everyday. His birth changed his family and it also changed me. Yes, birth is normal and we shouldn’t fear it but we also should respect the process, listen to the parents, and be thankful for the skillful hands of an amazing care provider. I know no other word, other than miracle, to describe his life.

This was the herbal bath we were able to do one week after his birth, when he was off oxygen for the first time.


One year later!


The long-term prognosis for Timothy is still unknown. Please continue to keep him and his family in your prayers and thoughts.

This post, long with all my other posts, are written with and approved by the parents.

To see my originally post and short film about his birth click on this link.



  1. Rayna June 9, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Aww… such great news! Miracles happen every day and I’m glad this family got one!

  2. Jess Kornacki June 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    These shots are so raw and intimate! One of my favorite photographs is the one in the shower. You did a beautiful job.

  3. Katie Green June 9, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Oh man this post made me start tearing up. I do NILMDTS work and I am so glad this family did not have to be a recipient of it. That little boy looks like a beautiful little miracle and I’m sure gives his family so much joy. Beautiful photos that you did for them.

  4. Elizabeth June 9, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Wow my heart stopped! What an amazing story and photos to go with it.

  5. Avery June 9, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    So sweet and precious! I love the update!

  6. Kayla June 9, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    I love the way you document birth!!! I feel like I was there and you did such a beautiful job!

  7. Meg Delagrange June 10, 2016 at 3:30 am

    Tears my eyes…. What a beautiful family. Tonight I’m so thankful for miracles…. We don’t get them every time we pray for them, but we can dance when others experience them!

  8. Chris June 10, 2016 at 4:17 am

    Oh gosh that story had my heart in my throat. What a sweet boy, how awesome that he pulled through! Beautiful images!

  9. danielle June 10, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Oh these are so sweet! Such a cutie! Great job!

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