Well where do I start!? This journey to Freya’s birth was such an epic one. I first met Jade and Matt through my work with Heartfelt and you can imagine the circumstances in which we first met involved a lot of grief and shock. Jade and Matt welcomed their son Bradley into this world and said good bye to him in the same day. It’s such a huge honour to be invited to share in the life (even a short life) of a baby who was much loved and wanted. Each one leaves a special mark on your heart and Bradley was a beautiful angel that I will never forget. Jade contacted me later in 2015 to let me know she and Matt were expecting again. She asked if I would do some pregnancy photos for them and I was totally thrilled for them! Long story short, after months of getting to know each other better and photographing Jade’s beautiful growing belly, we come to the birth day of Freya. Jade had two lovely midwives from My Midwives attend her home water birth. Jade was incredibly strong throughout the birth. In fact I think the only time she had a few choice words to say was when she got a mega cramp in her calf! Jade and Matt had the birthing pool set up in the living room, the room right next door to where Jade’s mum birthed her! How special to give birth to your daughter in the same home that your mum gave birth to you! We welcomed Freya into the world just around sunset, not a dry eye in the house. It was so beautiful and I am so, so honoured to share this with you all now, with the permission of Jade. xo Kate.