Preparation, nutrition, and mental stamina are imperative to having a good birth experience. My training as an endurance athlete is a proven asset to my clients during delivery.
Endurance sports have been my hobby since 2008. I wanted to get healthy and strong so I started running. I also added back in swimming, a sport I did most of my childhood. Next, I began cycling and finally learned how to ride a bike with gears. When I had my first son in 2011, I was in amazing shape having worked out my entire pregnancy. I did the same thing my entire second pregnancy and delivered my second son in 2015, a whopping 10 pound 10 ounce baby born naturally with Intown Midwifery at Atlanta Medical Center.
I’m currently training for my 4th century (100 mile bike ride) and raising money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, an organization with the mission to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. I have met some great friends through cycling and most of them are affiliated with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program (TNT) as either current participants or alumni. Even one of my birth photography clients was a connection made through TNT!
Riding and training for a 100 mile bike ride has a lot in common with my job as a birth photographer. There are many long hours worked with both physical and emotional exhaustion. Often times at a birth, I witness a client's diminishing fuel store in the same manner I see while on a long bike ride.
Although I will miss photographing births while training for my ride, I know my experiences make me a better birth photographer. I can’t wait to work with my clients in July. I know I will be even stronger physically, and ready for the challenge of long hours supporting women in birth. And I’m sure I’ll enjoy a break from the bike!
Please consider donating now to my fundraising for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Every donation makes an impact. Thank you in advance for your support.
In April, 30 minute photography sessions are available for a $75 donation to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. A session provides you with 5 edited files for unlimited personal printing rights. Spread the word!