THIS IS MY STORY
Doula Hannah – Birth Photographer
MY BIRTH STORIES
With three children and three very different births across three decades (I can see you trying to do the maths!) I have always been very maternal and a huge advocate of positive birth whether that be in a hospital or at home. My first born was in a hospital when I was just 17 years old myself. Following his birth I knew when I fell pregnant 7 years later with his first sister that I wanted to have her at home. Despite being surrounded by moving boxes, it was totally amazing! Fast forward another 10 years and I was due to give birth to my youngest daughter… this time I went for the whole shebang! I hired a Birth Doula Sarah, bought a pool (the trial run at Christmas, saw Erin and I sat in it in bikinis whilst watching the Star Wars movies!!) Finally I had my wonderful photographer friend Sharron to capture Mila’s arrival into the world. I say it a lot, these photos are the most precious images I will ever own.
I had such a wonderful birth experience with my daughter Erin and I found myself really wanting to help give others that incredible experience too – so I soaked up as much knowledge as I could and trained as a Doula with Kicki Hansard. I supported a lovely couple on the birth of their first baby and supported another lady postnatally for 6 weeks with her newborn. My journey took me in a different direction after that as life often does. In 2012 I set up my own photography business which has gone from strength to strength. In that first year of business I also had the opportunity to volunteer at a pregnancy crisis centre for teenagers in Uganda.
Photographing life changing moments from newborns to weddings, I was often asked what my dream job would be if I wasn’t photographing weddings and families, my answer was the same every time: to combine my two greatest passions even further…
Doula & Birth Photographer.
SOMERSET DOULA & BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHER
Nurturing & capturing birth stories across Somerset, Dorset, Devon & Wiltshire
Casey Avenue Photography LTD
trading as Birth Stories by Hannah