Being ON-call truly does change the rhythm of life for those of us who do birth work. It is part of the gig, but it is definitely one of the hardest parts. Here’s a snapshot of what OFF-call life looks like for me!Read More
Let’s talk about the third stage of labor - the birth of the placenta. Know what to expect during this process, and how to ensure you are set up for postpartum care for down there. The placenta is incredible.Read More
After months of waiting, the first signs of labor can bring on quite a rush of emotion.
Excitement, anticipation, worry, restlessness, relief.
With all of my doula clients, I offer suggestions for some ways to prepare for this stage of labor. And today, I’m sharing them with you, too!Read More
There is something incredibly beautiful to me about the deeply raw, emotional moments of the first few days of motherhood. Life is all snuggles, milk, and eyes welling up. It’s one of the most tender parts of this whole journey. Images of this transformative time are ones that you’ll look back on with reverence, pride, and if you’re like me, you’ll probably cry every time.Read More
Home birth is my favorite. The birth work niche that fits me best.
An utterly normal, yet truly transformative process. Enjoy these beautiful images.Read More
I am so excited to announce a new product line called Annica Marie Essentials!
Now available is a postpartum care package called The Care Bundle. This gift box is full of essential self-care items to get you or a mama you love through the first weeks with a new baby.Read More
Over a year ago, I photographed my first birth and have been reflecting and musing recently about the value of birth photography. It has been such a privilege to offer such a unique and important service to women in the Grand Rapids area, and I wanted to share a few reasons why I think birth photography is so valuable.Read More
Welcome home, little one. If you can't tell by these dreamy images, let me tell you: your mom, dad, and older furry siblings adore you.Read More
Bethany's home birth was so special to witness and photograph. It was a healing birth experience for her, after having two cesarean births and a hospital VBAC. Bethany wrote her birth story, and shared it with me. Reading her story after seeing it all unfold before my eyes and through my lens was a privilege. I share it here now, with her permission, in hopes that it is also meaningful to you.Read More
Floral milk baths are a gorgeous and unique way to celebrate your pregnancy. If you are worried your bathtub is not pretty enough, these images prove that even if you have a small bathtub with no natural lighting, your images will be beautiful.Read More
Today is #GivingTuesday. If you are looking for an organization abroad that has developed an effective model for community development starting with empowering maternal care, please consider donating to Shiphrah Birth Home.
Shiphrah is making a real difference in the community - and it all starts with supporting and caring for each individual woman and family that walks through the door.Read More
Snag my last openings for winter births, milk baths, and in-home sessions with these Black Friday Deals! I only have a few spots remaining this winter and they are filling up quickly.
The best part of the deal? Not only are you saving money, but the amount you save will be donated to Shiphrah Birthing Home in the Philippines.Read More
It's taken me a while to share these images - it turns out that it's far easier to share images of the vulnerable, beautiful, life-changing moments of other people's lives than to share my own.
In the spirit of practicing what I preach, I am sharing these self-portraits that freeze in time the incredible body God has given me to grow this precious and loved baby of ours.Read More
My heart is with all those who have experienced this kind of loss today, and my prayer is that you will not feel alone - that your baby is recognized as the deeply loved individual that he or she was - and that you feel supported and seen as we walk this journey together.Read More
Many more gorgeous images to come, but for now, here are a few photographs that capture the beauty and strength of this mom during active labor, transition, and immediately after giving birth to her 4th baby at home.Read More