Taya Hawke Monasterio

"Taya, baby Taya, you'll fly, just like the windTaya, our baby Taya, you were always loved from within"

Oh Taya… So Nicole and Carol were my second doula/birth photography clients. Two amazing women living in Peachland planning on a home birth in a pool with home made stew and music but little Taya had a very different arrival in mind. On December 14th Nicole realized she was slowly leaking fluid and something just wasn't quite right so she called her midwife and rushed to the hospital. At 11:08 am Nicole was induced and at 2:07 pm she was in the operating room for a scheduled c-section. Taya Hawke was born at 2:26 pm, a beautiful 7lb 10 oz healthy baby girl.

Of course I had been up since 2:30 that morning with my other mom, who's name is also Nicole. So I was trying to stay in contact with Nicole and Carol as much as possible and during a nap I rushed over to KGH just in time to capture some contractions, some smiles, some tears and understand what all was about to happen.

I cannot even express how proud I am of Nicole, she was so fearful of something like this happening and instead of fighting it she owned it. Taya will be just fine with Mommies like this.

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